- Title: The Stars Are Legion
- Author: Kameron Hurley
- ISBN: 9781481447935
- Page: 221
- Format: Hardcover
Set within a system of decaying world ships travelling through deep space, this breakout novel of epic science fiction follows a pair of sisters who must wrest control of their war torn legion of worlds and may have to destroy everything they know in order to survive.On the outer rim of the universe, a galactic war has been waged for centuries upon hundreds of world ships.Set within a system of decaying world ships travelling through deep space, this breakout novel of epic science fiction follows a pair of sisters who must wrest control of their war torn legion of worlds and may have to destroy everything they know in order to survive.On the outer rim of the universe, a galactic war has been waged for centuries upon hundreds of world ships But these worlds will continue to die through decay and constant war unless a desperate plan succeeds.Anat, leader of the Katazyrna world ship and the most fearsome raiding force on the Outer Rim, wants peace To do so she offers the hand of her daughter, Jayd, to her rival Jayd has dreamed about leading her mother s armies to victory her whole life but she has a unique ability, and that makes her leverage, not a leader As Anat convinces her to spend the rest of her life wed to her family s greatest enemy, it is up to Jayd s sister Zan with no stomach for war to lead the cast off warriors she has banded together to victory and rescue Jayd But the war does not go at all as planned In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, The Stars are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about familial love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre s most imaginative new writers.
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Posted at Heradas Review"We all create the stories we need to survive."This one was, wow, very interesting. I won't be forgetting this one any time soon. It's going to be very divisive. It had some interesting pacing, and a couple plot holes, but nothing I can't overlook. The ideas and resolution were wild as hell, and that is where the novel really shined. It really did feel like it was written during the New Wave era of the late 60s/early 70s; some weird combination between Joanna Russ and Iai [...]
2.5ish stars. Kameron Hurley is full of ideas. Some of them obviously come from a dark, twisted, disturbing place. Some nasty stuff going on here. I mean cool, creative, crazy stuff, and it works but also oozy, squishy, bloody, nasty blech, blech. The world-building is definitely the top selling point for this book. Organic planets/weapons/vehicles, all-female cast, mutant-babies, asexual conception, very interesting. I feel like it should have been incredible, and I hoped it would be, but some [...]
Memory, bio-punk, world-building extravaganza, betrayal, adventure, horror.There's so much to love in this book. It's full to the brim with fantastic living "world/ships" and the special parasites that are living aboard them. (Us, or some kind of alien that's near enough us that makes no odds.)I originally thought that it was going to be a lot like Starscape with the living ship, but in reality, this is much, much larger. At least the ship is. In fact, aside from a few quick space battles, most [...]
me: well this book has only a couple reviews by friends, but it sounds kinda interesting maybe I'll get it somedaymy brain: buy it immediately me: why my brain: sapphic sffme: shit u right✨buddyread with my crippling inability to push through books with intense worldbuilding! oh, and also this angel and fellow sapphic sff stan
This book is poised to be Kameron Hurley's mainstream space opera breakthrough, but apparently no one told her. It's as visceral and violently angry as anything she's ever written, a ragged scream from the heart of a broken world--but one not past mending, if there are people willing to do the work.
This may be my favorite Hurley novel to-date, likely because it's a standalone and is a lot tighter than her other stuff. Not for the squeamish or anyone who hates bodily fluids. Really packs a punch. And ayyyyyyyyyyy there are no men in this goddamn book!Longer review when I am on not-a-tablet.
If you know Kameron Hurley's work, you know you're going to get an intensely visceral experience, with plenty of slime. 'The Stars are Legion' delivers as expected. The whole book is filled with yucky-but-imaginative and fascinating details, and it's worth reading just for that. However, I did have issues with both the plot and the pacing of the novel. It's an amnesia story: Zan comes to consciousness in the middle of a war; smack in the middle of a vicious ruling family, dependent on what they [...]
3 stars for its innovative theme ( I haven't read anything like it) , I would have given it 4 stars but I was not a fan of the ending. This book might revolt you (there are very gory scenes ) or it might just be what you were waiting for, the story in itself is confusing at best and the more you read the more confused you get , there is no clear direction by the author , but I ended up liking Zan , (but not jayd) one of the main characters, she seemed genuine and was likable even if she did some [...]
2.5-3 stars. I found this a difficult book to get through, despite liking the concept. I loved the idea of totally female-populated worlds/ships, I liked the big differences amongst all the different levels/cultures on board the ships. I liked Casimir, too. I liked how the women could be generals, warriors, mothers, carers, plotters and schemers, strategic thinkers and impulsive, scientific and curious, violent, horrible and in general, just a variety of people, instead of being just a mother, j [...]
I'm just. disappointed. Both in this book for letting me down, and in myself for not DNFing when I had the chance. Here are the facts:▪️this book is set in space▪️everyone is a lesbian▪️I wanted to love this so badly▪️it's just,,, so fucking confusing and weird▪️example A: everyone spontaneously gets pregnant ALL THE TIME▪️and then they give birth to weird shit like mutated fish and giant slug things▪️example B: it's supposed to be suspenseful bc you don't know what's [...]
4,5 / 5Zan es una mujer con amnesia cuyo propósito parece ser atacar una y otra vez la misteriosa nave-mundo el Mokshi. Su vida es un ciclo continuo de recuperación, entrenamiento, ataque y pérdida de memoria. O al menos, eso es lo que le cuentan. Su única constante y lo que parece anclarla a Katazyrna, el mundo donde despierta, es Jayd. Aunque confía en ella, Jayd tampoco parece de fiar. Está sumida en una serie de maquinaciones políticas contra su madre y el planeta-nave enemigo Bhavaja [...]
Zan is a warrior who keeps attacking the Mokshi. Each time she fails she's retrieved by two women on Katazyrna before being sent back into the fray. She's guided primarily by her sister Jayd and her mother Anat, neither of whom are actually related to her. Since Zan's memory is wiped each time she has no memory of Jayd, which makes it really hard to trust her. Jayd also has some POV chapters but these were not something that was enlightening since she was keeping secrets from the readers.The wor [...]
The Stars Are Legion was my first book by Kameron Hurley and it definitely won’t be the last. Quite the opposite, I now want to devour every single book of hers, preferably all at once.This book is like nothing I’ve read before and I had a lot of fun reading something as unique as this. The Stars Are Legion might as well be titled Lesbians in Space and even that doesn’t cover how truly epic it is: men don’t exist in this world (don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against men in books bu [...]
4,75/5Me ha gustao mucho, una de las novelas de ciencia ficción más originales que he leído en mi vida y una de mis mejores lecturas.Reseña completa: addicionaloslibros
The Stars are Legion is a gorgeously crazy book. No matter how much speculative fiction you've read, I'll bet you've never read anything like it before. It was my first book by Hurley, and it won't be my last. The writing is gorgeous, deeply embedded with metaphor and allusion. (It's so very quotable that I'm physically pained to be unable to include any quotes at present at the publisher's request.) If I were forced to categorize the book, I'd say it doesn't quite fit into fantasy or scifi and [...]
3.5 starsI feel like I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I loved the whole premise (a space opera where all the characters are women - yesss!) and the world building was fantastic. However, I found the first part of the book almost painfully slow and very nearly abandoned it, whilst I found the ending a little rushed. For me, the two different first person narrators didn't quite work, especially with one having amnesia and the other having something to hide. It stopped me from r [...]
3.5 stars. This book wast at all what I expected. Going in, I knew that it was a sci-fi book set in a world with LITERALLY NO DUDES. EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER IS FEMALE. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. So obviously, I was pretty excited about reading that. And I knew that a lot of people had been like "Okay, this book is HELLA gory, just FYI". That was pretty much all I knew. So basically, this book is about a dying world, a bunch of different warring cultures, and a woman with amnesia and one hell of a [...]
I'd heard good things about Hurley and I'm always up for sci-fi that plays with gender in interesting ways. But what really got me was this negative review at Audible. And I quote, "Overwhelmingly Lesbian/sexual to the point that it totally distracts from practically anything Sci-Fi about it." That was the clincher that made me use a credit to get this audiobook.Unfortunately this reviewer raised my expectations somewhat. There was definitely not as much lesbian sex as I expected, and I for one [...]
The Stars Are Legion was one of my favorite books of last year and my first adult sci-fi book. A year later, I still think it's one of the weirdest things I've ever read - it's an all-female, all-lesbian space opera - and it was even more interesting on reread.This book is gross. Take this seriously.If you are bothered by gore, body horror and violence, you shouldn't read The Stars Are Legion. It's a biopunk space opera with horror aspects, it's supposed to be gross; if "gross" isn't what you're [...]
A woman wakes up, and she has lost her memory. It's one of the most cliched openings in fiction, and what lovely irony that this is how one of the most innovative books I've read in years begins. Zan has amnesia, apparently not for the first time, and a woman who claims to be her sister wants her to go capture a spaceship/world. (The two words are interchangeable here). Straight up I have to say that this was not an easy book to read, at least at first. Not because it's bad, and it's definitely [...]
3.5 StarsThe real star of Hurley’s latest novel is, as we’ve come to expect from her, the incredible world-building. I can only think of a small handful of SFF writers who can match the breadth of her imagination. In The Stars are Legion, a system of “world ships” populated entirely by women (the “Legion” of the title) battle for supremacy. One warrior, called Zan, has been recycled over and over to lead a battle against the Mokshi, the prize of the Legion, having her memory wiped ea [...]
Nota: 3.5He devorado este libro, como si yo fuese un mundo agónico que necesita reciclar letras para seguir respirando un poco más. La historia que nos plantea Kameron Hurley es estupenda. Una Space Opera donde no tienen cabida los personajes masculinos (ni los tiene ni los necesita) que te mantiene atrapado hasta su desenlace. Lo bueno es que todo está comprimido en 350 páginas, aquí no sobra nada, pero tampoco falta. Es verdad que la novela es un poco montaña rusa y que la parte media de [...]
Cue: John Carpenter squishy noise music. Premise is excellent: planetary bodies orbiting an artificial sun, succumbing over eons to the ravages of aging like all living things. No magic pill. But wait, yes there is, but we're not going to hear about that until our shero scrums her way for the tenth, hundredth, thousandth time from the bowels of a galactic recycler. There's something here about women and birth taken to the galactic level, which could be profound, but it sits in the background lik [...]
Aunque mi primera impresión no iba en esa línea, la verdad es que me ha parecido una muy buena novela de ciencia ficción. El escenario es magnífico, la estructura de la novela inteligente, el fondo y la forma adecuados el uno respecto al otro, no le sobra casi nada y, además, es una muy buena aportación al tema de las naves generacionales tanto por su originalidad como por su voluntad de no ser sólo eso. Encima, tiene varias capas de lectura.No le pondría más de cuatro estrellas por cie [...]
This was so different to my recent reads, or perhaps any reads, that I'm not sure what to say!First up, there are no males in this world. And guess what, stuff still gets hit, killed, betrayed etc so I guess we aren't the gentle sex. The world is a ship, is a cephalopod, is possibly hollow!? Very inventive world building plus not a series :)Also, one of my new favourite names, Arankadash. Just say it out loud then you'll agree. I also liked Casamir.
That wasmething else. If you're into absolutely fascinating and unique science fiction worldbuilding and thought-provoking ideas, you'll love this. If you're into likable characters, maybe not so much.Thanks to Saga Press and Edelweiss for providing an advance copy.
Primero de todo, deberíais de saber que esta es una de esas lecturas que no os va a dejar indiferentes. O la odiáis o la amáis, pero no creo que haya mucha gente que se quede en termino medio. Pero te guste o no, seguro que destacas la ambientación como el gran punto fuerte de la historia. Como me pasó con Transcrepuscular, en muchas fases me da la sensación que la linea entre la genialidad y la locura se estrecha demasiado XDAdemás de la ambientación, que lo cierto es que no he explicad [...]
Short review: Typical Hurley, visceral, daring, weird, and unexpected.Long(er) review: You should not read this book IF:1. You want to have at least one male character. This book has none. Hurley's novels have always been gender-bending, and this book showcases that tendency. There are some lesbian sex in it, so if you're squeamish or just hates LGBTQ then you should just refrain from reading.2. You expect to see fancy spaceships with cool tech. Well, the spaceship in this novel is a living worl [...]
It is time to abandon ship, me mateys! I made it to the 25.7% through the novel before I had to give up. I believe this author is just not for me. I previously tried reading her fantasy book, the mirror empire. In that novel, I found the concepts to be interesting, the world building to be fascinating, and most of the characters to be written well. Yet somehow the plot failed me. I am not sure if the plot was just too slow or the descriptions were overdrawn but I abandoned it. Yet Hurley’s wri [...]
Interesting ecological layers, a far more straightforward plot than I would have expected, and it's all nicely compact and brisk.The major downside for me was simply the unrelenting brutality, horror, and grossness. The story is dripping with blood, gore, ichor, slime, and all other viscous fluids. It's dark, there's a mere glimmer of hope, and very little love (but plenty of desire, because, well biology?).So I was pretty much glued to the page, but felt very, very queasy by the end.Let it be s [...]
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