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One of the best books of the last year
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2018
This is probably one of my favorite books I've read in the last year. An interesting and thoughtful take on not just the functioning scientifically, but socially, of a generation ship, and an in-depth treatment of race and discrimination in a genre that often hand-waves our species' history of it away.
This is one of the first science fiction books in a long time where I saw myself in the protagonist. I was told going in that there were queer characters and that the main characters were black, but I was pleasantly surprised by a recognizably autistic protagonist. Often when people write about characters with difficulty recognizing their emotions, it feels false to me, but this felt very familiar to me.
An Unkindness of Ghosts is interesting, and emotional, and clever, and although it's a hard read (the ship is basically Plantations In Space and Rivers Solomon does not shy away from the horrible aspects of that) it is very much worth it. It's satisfying and rewarding, even if it's not comfortable.