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An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

An Unkindness of Ghosts is a science fiction and fantasy novel written by Rivers Solomon and published in 2017. The novel is set on a generations-long spaceship called the Matilda, where the descendants of enslaved Africans have been sent to start a new world. The society is deeply divided by a rigid caste system, with light-skinned individuals occupying the upper levels of the ship, and dark-skinned individuals relegated to the lower levels. The story follows the protagonist, Aster, a queer, dark-skinned medic living in the lower decks, as she navigates the brutal realities of life on the ship and uncovers a conspiracy to overthrow the ruling class.

The novel explores themes of race, class, and power, and has been praised for its unique and imaginative take on Afrofuturism, and for its exploration of the complexities of identity, oppression, and resistance. An Unkindness of Ghosts has been well-received by critics and readers and has won several awards, including the Hugo award for Best Novella and the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Solomon is an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy novels and is known for their unique and imaginative take on speculative fiction, and for their exploration of themes such as identity, oppression, and resistance.

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