Hurley is one of those rare writers who, once you’ve encountered a novel they’ve written, you immediately want to go out and read everything they’ve written.
Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships 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.
In The Stars Are Legion, Hurley has given us a riveting take on what could possibly be the frontier of floodgates yet to be opened. What I mean by this is that future speculative fiction writers might invest their time in honing the craft of Weird Science.
For starters, men don’t exist, you have fungal forests, sentient boats (steampunk can’t touch this shit), recycler monsters, funeral feasts, and you can let your imagination fill in the details about how hanky panky gets done.
The narrator is unreliable – which is good – and the protagonist suffers from memory loss. However, don’t take this as a simple cliché building block Kameron Hurley had intentionally decided to use in order to get her story going: not only does the protagonist suffer from memory loss but those around her purposely keep secrets from her. In the long run all your suspicions are rewarded when the plot begins to unravel and you see the reason behind the madness. Now, just because there are women in this place doesn’t mean there will be a lack of gory and graphic detail – because there are only women in this universe the violence is even more so!
With themes of rebirth, freedom, memory, identity, and complex characters, The Stars Are Legion is a cocktail you’d want to sip repeatedly until the bartender chases you out or Hurley writes something new.
In The Stars Are Legion, Hurley makes space opera worth reading. Not only does she enthrall you with a riveting story about die-hard female characters, but she does her job as a storyteller with exceptional awesomeness: she shoves the weirdness, the peculiar, in your face and makes you beg for more, she mesmerizes you with new worlds and things you haven’t seen before…and if you can make it through the opening sequence (which is meant to be frustrating and confusing), you’ll bear witness to how a writer gets her reader into the perspective of her characters.
The plot unfurls with each page.