My plan was to recommend a book a day, and I’m a day behind. I’ll catch up at some point, but in the meantime I’d like to heartily recommend “An Unkindness of Ghosts” by Rivers Solomon.
This dystopian novel explores race, gender, sexual orientation, class strata, ageism, mental health issues, and physical disabilities. I’ll admit to being unsettled at first by the singular “they,” but I was quickly caught up in Aster’s story aboard the HSS Matilda, which has housed famiilies for generations.
Giselle and the Surgeon were two troubled, complex characters who were key to Aster’s survival. I haven’t read a great deal of science fiction. In any case I would not have guessed how the final events would unfold in any case and did not expect a happy ending. I am eager to see what this talented young writer, who has been compared to Octavia Butler, does next.
From the author’s bio: “Rivers Solomon is a dyke, a Trekkie, a wannabe cyborg queen, a trash princex, a communist, a butch, a femme, a feminist, a she-beast, a rootworker, a mother, a daughter, a diabetic, and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.”
“Suffused with the past, the present, and the future of human experiences in its events, An Unkindness of Ghosts launches the career of a brilliantly gifted and important new writer in science fiction.” — J.G. Stinson, Foreword Reviews
This science fiction debut novel was a Best Book of 2017: The Guardian (Science Fiction and Fantasy), NPR Book Concierge, Publishers Weekly (Science Fiction/Fantasy), Library Journal (Science Fiction/Fantasy), Bustle (Fiction), Bookish (Best Book to Give), Barnes & Noble (Science Fiction and Fantasy/Alternate Universe Pick). Also: John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Finalist; Lambda Literary Award Finalist, LGBTQ SF/F/Horror; and A Stonewall Book Award Honor Book.