- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Saga Press; Reprint edition (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481447947
- ISBN-13: 978-1481447942
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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)
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“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)
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About the Author
Kameron Hurley is the acclaimed author of the novels God’s War and The Mirror Empire. She has been awarded two Hugo Awards, the Kitschky Award for Best Debut Novel, and has also been a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Science Fiction and Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. Visit her online at KameronHurley.Blogspot.com or on Twitter at @KameronHurley.
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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!
I would love to read more stories set in this universe because I have so many questions! Are the starships/worlds genuinely organic or are they made of metal and somehow became organic? If so, then how or why? Where are the men? Obviously the women have no use for men, seeing as they can spontaneously become pregnant/give birth. Are these truly human women? Das Muni is called a mutant by the others and gives birth to non-human things. Other characters also give birth to non-human things... how does it work? What does the arm do? Anat and Rasida thought it was a weapon, but Zan explains that it produces life. The characters are concerned with giving birth to "the world." What is that? I need to know all of these things and more!
If you enjoy generation ship science fiction, female characters that have depth, and general weirdness, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended!
This is a must read...