An Unkindness of Ghosts
By Rivers Solomon
Paperback, 349 pages
2017, Akashic Books
The HSS Matilda has been ferrying the last of mankind away from the Great Lighthouse in search of a safe haven – for centuries. Tensions have been rising among the residents of the upper and lower decks in a feud much like that of the Civil War. Aster, raised on Q deck by her aunt, is often harassed and abused by the guards, like all her fellow low-deck workers, despite the privileges working with The Surgeon has given her. As the living conditions for those in the lower decks worsen, Aster finds herself returning to her mother’s strange journals, which could give her insight into how to save the ship, but only if she’s willing to risk everything.
An Unkindness of Ghosts is the book that arrived in my (first!) October PageHabit box. I’d seen it as a suggestion on my Amazon feed the very day before my box arrived and in reading the description made a note to check out the book – I’m so happy this was the book I received. This is sci-fi that takes relevant social commentary and weaves it into the history of a colony possibly lost in space.