One of the Read Harder categories this year includes “a book by an AOC set in or about space.” I chose An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon and was really excited about the gender diversity and fluidity throughout the text. The book is set on the HSS Matilda which is at once centuries in the future and perpetuating the past since the “vessel is organized much like the antebellum South.” Aster is a complex and compelling character and I was surprised by how often her humour delighted me even amidst a really tragic story. I’m looking forward to Solomon’s new novel called The Deep that will be published in November.

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