An Unkindness of Ghosts

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What to expect

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 HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has 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.

Critics Review

  • “Immediately immersive and sophisticated…This is a phenomenal piece of work.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “The more I read the bigger I felt, falling down a rabbit-hole of sky and wanting only to go deeper and farther with every page.“

    NPR
  • “What the audiobook does that the printed word can’t is layer in accents on top of these grammatical distinctions in identity, which Cherise Booth does using mainly Caribbean variants. This gives an already emotionally challenging book even more depth, but trust that it is worth it.”

    Paste magazine (audio review)
  • “Narrator Cherise Boothe has her hands full with this story…With each section having its own patois and the rulers their own stiff language, Boothe must juggle a dozen different accents and dialects, and she does so with ease.”

    AudioFile
  • “It’s structurally and thematically daring and manages to include a little bit of hope while leveling a devastating critique at racism and fascism.”

    Los Angeles Times
  • “Think the class system on the decks of the Titanic meets Battlestar Galactica…The main character, Aster, is amazing and complex.”

    BookRiot

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