"Harrowing and beautiful, this is SF at its best: showing the possible future but warning of the danger of bringing old prejudices and cruelties to that new world. While a story about enslaved people in space could be a one-note polemic, the fully rounded characters bring nuance and genuine pathos to this amazing debut."
--Library Journal,Starred Review
"Solomon debuts with a raw distillation of slavery, feudalism, prison, and religion that kicks like rotgut moonshine...Stunning." --Publishers Weekly,Starred Review
"Infused with the spirit of Octavia Butler and loaded with meaning for the present day,An Unkindness of Ghostswill appeal to a wide variety of readers. Solomon's impassioned, speculative, literary book is sorely needed on library shelves." --Booklist
"TheHSS Matildais a well-crafted world, and...the diversity of the people who inhabit it--their various sexual and gender identities, physical abilities, and psychological burdens--is refreshingly visible and vital even as they face brutal discrimination for their differences. An entertaining novel that does not neglect the vitality of its story while probing society’s assumptions." --Kirkus Reviews
"In Rivers Solomon's highly imaginative sci-fi novelAn Unkindness of Ghosts,eccentric Aster was born into slavery on--and is trying to escape from--a brutally segregated spaceship that for generations has been trying to escort the last humans from a dying planet to a Promised Land. When she discovers clues about the circumstances of her mother's death, she also comes closer to disturbing truths about the ship and its journey." --Buzzfeed, Included in28 Exciting New Books You Need to Read This Fall
"TheHSS Matildais 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." --Publishers Weekly;included in Fall 2017 Adult Announcements, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
"WithAn Unkindness of Ghosts,Rivers Solomon inarguably shows themselves to be a literary child of genre leader Octavia E. Butler...Suffused with the past, the present, and the future of human experiences in its events,An Unkindness of Ghostslaunches the career of a brilliantly gifted and important new writer in science fiction." --Foreword Reviews, Starred Review
"Slavery, racial segregation, and resistance, all set in outer space." --Nylon, Included inFall Bookseller Recommendations
"Rivers Solomon pulls you through a difficult journey that is shockingly real, while being utterly engaging as science fiction...It's refreshing to read a new writer who can manipulate such well known motifs, while churning out a story that still instigates a contemporary discourse, one that dares to remind the reader that the past doesn't always stay buried." --Geeks OUT
"An Unkindness of Ghostsabsolutely blew me away...A must read on so many different levels and needs to be on your reading list." --Utopia State of Mind(blog)
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, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.
Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSSMatilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations,Matildahas 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. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war.