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The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley

Paperback Published: 2nd February 2017
ISBN: 9780857666611
Number Of Pages: 464

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Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying worldships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world. Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion’s destruction – and its possible salvation.

About the Author

Kameron Hurley is the acclaimed author of the novels God’s War and The Mirror Empire. She has been awarded two Hugo Awards, the Kitschky Award for Best Debut Novel, and has also been a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Science Fiction and Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award.


Easy to read, but didn't live up to the hype


This novel has won many awards and received great praise. Maybe my expectations were too high, but it was ultimately not as satisfying as I'd hoped. The characters were certainly interesting, and the universe and society it creates were certainly original and well built. Sometimes the 'organic' ship (which has somehow overtaken the metal ship beneath) was unattractive and even off-putting. The main characters were well constructed and memorable, but the old trope of a main character who has lost their memory is losing its shine, and it wasn't well handled here. I also felt the final forty or fifty pages seemed rushed, almost as if the author decided they needed to wrap things up now. So all the threads needed to be gathered together and tied off quite quickly. Some minor character motivations came across as less than convincing. I enjoyed reading it, but not as much as some other recent SF novels.

Sydney, Australia


Stars Are Legion

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"In a universe where the word for spaceship is the same as for world, two women struggle to escape a perpetual war in this dystopic yet hopeful space opera. This gripping book is both hard to read and easy to appreciate." -- - STARRED REVIEW, * Publishers Weekly *
"One word will do it: Badass." -- -- John Scalzi, * bestselling author of The Old Man's War series and The Collapsing Empire *
"With mind-bending betrayals, heart-wrenching loves, souls and bodies driven to frenetic motion by war and hope, THE STARS ARE LEGION is a profoundly moving tale of self-discovery and self-construction in a world as wondrously layered as its unforge able protagonist." -- - Ken Liu * , Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus Award winner and author of THE GRACE OF KINGS *
"Grabs you like a gravity well and won't let go. This is a dark, haunting, recursive tale, unlike any other space opera with which you're familiar. Discovering Kameron Hurley's work is like fi nding a whole new galaxy, and she is the star at its center." -- - Chuck Wendig * , NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Star Wars: A ermath trilogy and the Miriam *
"A visceral, optimistic mash-up of new, weird, and grimdark science fiction that is a cracking good read. Hurley has really leveled up." -- - MaryJo Schimelpfenig * , Powell's Books *
"The Stars Are Legion is poised to be Kameron Hurley's mainstream breakthrough, but apparently no one told her. It's unlike any space opera you've ever read-a bizarro blend of New Weird adventure, political thriller, and body horror; and an intimate examination of two deeply damaged women. 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 brave enough to build a better one." -- - Joel Cunnigham * , B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog *

ISBN: 9780857666611
ISBN-10: 0857666614
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 2nd February 2017
Publisher: Watkins Media
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.37

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