An Unkindness of Ghosts
by Rivers Solomon (2017)
Read for the Sword and Laser March 2018 pick.
Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster, who they consider to be less than human.
There are a number of reasons this does not work.
- The prose is stilted and ‘off’. It lacks the flow of an experienced author.
- It starts with a surgical procedure. I don’t read this genre.
- After 40 pages there is no plot I can identify.
- There are no interesting or engaging characters.
So it’s another miss for the S&L team 🙁