FCT: The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley


First Chapter Thoughts for...

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

“Set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, this breakout novel of epic science fiction follows a pair of sisters who must wrest control of their war-torn legion of worlds—and may have to destroy everything they know in order to survive.”

I was puttering around Twitter and saw LESBIANS IN SPACE and then followed that to a quip about “bisexual bounty hunters and women giving birth to spaceships” so I loaded up the preview for this novel. In only a few sentences, with a couple smart quotes from in-world sources, I was pulled in. If I’m honest, I didn’t even read the blurb first. (I'd seen this book around the net before, but never in conjunction with any queer terms that I remember. I'm liking this previewing thing.)

First we meet Zan, who has a lot of memories missing, and something about her initial vibe and the importance of memories reminds me of Ghost in the Shell (the good one). Zan, who might be a legendary commander, or some kind of weapon, gets fed a story that she immediately doubts, but I like thinking that we won’t get a typical inversion where she thinks the world is a lie, that it turns out she’s being told the truth, but I like thinking she’s not completely wrong, that her world takes a lot of bitter pills to understand. That she was complicit in something deliciously dark.

In the preview, about halfway through chapter two, we've met Jayd whom Zan would very much like to have non-sisterly relations with, an old lady name Gavartra, and then Sabita who gave some real answers though she probably shouldn't have. I also think she’s kinda sexy? But that might have just been because she was described as slender and has something acidic to her tone.

I like the use of a memory wipe to introduce us to this unfamiliar world (or ship?), and I find it interesting that all the characters we've met so far use female pronouns. It could be a counter to all the sci-fi that only uses male characters for 100 pages and then gives us one throwaway female who is a love interest or something, or it could be like Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch series where the language and culture only recognizes one gender.

Status: I do not own this, I read the Kindle preview, but am putting it on my wishlist ASAP...

Verdict: ...because I am so game for this book. It's well written and so enticing. It's a priority TBR addition.

Pages: 400
Year: Feb. 7th, 2017
Publisher: Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster