It turns out that I’m a fan of science fiction and fantasy. I’ve never really had a favorite genre of anything. If I like it, I like it, but I never thought I would get into sci-fi. Probably because Star Wars wasn’t the end all, be all of entertainment for me.
And most sci-fi novels are so dry and technical my eyes cross after the first couple of chapters. But I do like zombie fiction… Ah the conundrum.
Anyway, I went to the library a couple of weeks ago and was checking out the New Arrival section and a book called An Unkindness of Ghosts caught my eye. I do have my favorite authors, but I like to branch out and read books from people I don’t know especially if it’s their debut novel.
So I picked up this book, looked over the back cover, and thought I would give it a shot. I was hooked after the first page. It was a pretty familiar story line. Earth dies, people flee on a ship, get stuck on a ship for hundreds of years, fall under power-hungry, psychotic leadership, day is saved by unlikely heroine.
But the author, Rivers Solomon, didn’t get bogged down in the details. There weren’t chapters describing every rivet on every level of the ship or the science behind space travel. At some point we need to take it on faith that these people were able to get a very large, heavy ship up into the atmosphere. It happens…
The main theme was about how people are going to be people no matter where they are. Good, bad, or indifferent. But it was the underlying themes that got me hooked. About how we see ourselves and how sometimes that’s not how others see us. About how relationships are messy and complicated and wonderful even in space.
So if you’re looking for a great book by someone who doesn’t have the last name King, Cussler, Haben, or Koontz I recommend An Unkindness of Ghosts!
If you have any recommendations for what I should read next please leave me a comment!