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The Stars Are Legion Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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"In a universe where the word for spaceship is the same as for world, two women struggle to escape a perpetual war in this dystopic yet hopeful space opera. This gripping book is both hard to read and easy to appreciate." (- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly)
"One word will do it: Badass." (-- John Scalzi, bestselling author of The Old Man's War series and The Collapsing Empire)
"With mind-bending betrayals, heart-wrenching loves, souls and bodies driven to frenetic motion by war and hope, THE STARS ARE LEGION is a profoundly moving tale of self-discovery and self-construction in a world as wondrously layered as its unforge able protagonist." (― Ken Liu , Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus Award winner and author of THE GRACE OF KINGS)
“So, this is chock full of action and fights and battles and betrayals and political intrigue. And those world-ships? They are all biological. Nothing in this fleet is built, it’s all birthed, and there are tentacles and blood and mucous and body fluids everywhere. It’s kind of awesome fun. You should totally read it." (-- Ann Leckie, Hugo award-winning author of Ancillary Justice)
"A sweeping epic about a squad of starships—one that just happens to feature a cast of all female characters." (-- Charlie Jane Anders, Wired)
"Grabs you like a gravity well and won’t let go. This is a dark, haunting, recursive tale, unlike any other space opera with which you’re familiar. Discovering Kameron Hurley’s work is like finding a whole new galaxy, and she is the star at its center." (― Chuck Wendig, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath & the Miriam Black series)
“Kameron Hurley has done it: She’s written a true space opera with no men in it. In a genre filled with generic portrayals of space, Hurley’s take is one-of-a-kind: equal parts love story and revenge tale, mixed with adventure science fiction and body horror.” (-- The Washington Post)
"One of the most unusual and powerfully disturbing space operas we're likely to see this year.” (-- Gary K. Wolfe, The Chicago Tribune)
"Thought provoking space opera." (-- Kirkus Reviews)
"The Stars Are Legion is like a magnificent storm tearing through the genre." (-- Popular Mechanics)
About the Author
Kameron Hurley is the author of The Mirror Empire, Empire Ascendant and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Year's Best SF, The Lowest Heaven, and Meeting Infinity. Her nonfiction has been featured in The Atlantic, Locus Magazine, and the upcoming collection The Geek Feminist Revolution.
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Zan is a very strong main character. The amnesia trope is handled pretty well even if the revelations around her origin did seem predicable. Jayd is a character I distrusted and hated very early on and that didn't change throughout the work. I think the reader is meant to both understand her motivations but also disagree with them, but honestly I was just hoping she would get killed off. The secondary characters are all very strong, and that may be one of the greatest strengths of this book. They really flesh out the world and provide a great deal of color and alternative perspectives on the society, its practices, and its cultures. Having an all female cast was also very brave and well executed, and completely suited the themes of the story.
My major complaint with the book was the some of Zan's surprise and repulsion at the cruelty of the setting felt very anachronistic. I couldn't tell whether this was meant to imply that the society she grew up in was less harsh than the one she has found herself in, or whether this was a conceit of the author to try and make it easier for the reader to identify with her. Either way, it really pulled me out of the story at several points because it just felt so out of place.
Overall, I was very surprised how much I grew to like this book in the end, and how long the story stuck with me afterwards. This is unlike anything I've read in the genre in a long time, and definitely worth checking out if you're not too squeamish.
Truly one of the most imaginative books I have read lately. When you read the blurb, and see the phrase "World Ships", you might think of Star Wars type Death stars and the like. You would be wrong. Instead the author weaves a narrative of biological construction where everything and everyone are a part of the whole. This includes pregnancies and giving birth, and life and death and everything in between. (Oh, except that it never includes us Y Chromosome carriers?)
The various journeys are all very hard fought, and not just on a physical plane. Our heroes are also our villains. And they live, and die and live again. It's the last journey that means so much. Read this book and be, at turns, sad, happy, disgusted, joyful and more. It's not an easy book to read, but well worth it!
Most importantly it’s not a good story. The characters don’t make sense or more often greatly fluctuate. They’re built up as certain folks with capabilities and then all actions show they have none of the backstory. The plot doesn’t pull you along and the twist is transparent.
All in all, highly disappointed. The setting and world building is intriguing and the author can wordsmith well so it’s two stars instead of one, but a hearty “don’t bother” recommendation.
This is a must read...
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