An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
"The HSS Matilda is a generation ship organized much like the antebellum South. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer and sowing the seeds of civil war, sharecropper Aster learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for it." -- biPublishers Weekly; included in Fall 2017 Adult Announcements, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror/b "Immediately immersive and sophisticated...This is a phenomenal piece of work."--bLee Child/b, author of the Jack Reacher series "iAn Unkindness of Ghosts marks the debut of a wildly talented writer. Rivers Solomon has put together a heady science-fiction novel that speaks directly to some of the most pressing political and social concerns of the modern day. And yet for all that it remains deeply humane, and it's even quite funny at times. This is a book you'll want to read now so you can tell your friends you read it first."--bVictor LaValle/b, author of iThe Changeling "Welcome to the Tarlands aboard the space vessel HSS iMatilda--home of the poor and rejected--and the setting of Rivers Solomon's powerful debut novel. Imaginative in the vein of Colson Whitehead, Samuel R. Delany, and Octavia E. Butler, this novel explores the struggles of slum dwellers aboard a spacecraft sadly reminiscent of our own world: rife with poverty, caste, and discrimination as told through the Looking Glass. With outstanding world-building and an unforgettable protagonist in Aster, iAn Unkindness of Ghosts is a notable debut by an author whose work I look forward to reading for years to come.'?--bTananarive Due/b, author of iThe Living Blood and iGhost Summer Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, as they accuse, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remained of her world, save for stories told around the cookfire. Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS iMatilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, the iMatilda 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. When the autopsy of iMatilda's sovereign reveals a surprising link between his death and her mother's suicide some quarter-century before, Aster retraces her mother's footsteps. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer and sowing the seeds of civil war, Aster learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for it. iAn Unkindness of Ghosts will appeal to a broad audience, including fans of books such as iThe Magicians by Lev Grossman, iThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, iCold Magic by Kate Elliott, iThe Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, iThe Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead, and iStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.