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Author: Rivers Solomon Narrator: Cherise Boothe Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781538475041
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Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She’s used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she’d be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.

Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot—if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Immediately immersive and sophisticated…This is a phenomenal piece of work.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “What the audiobook does that the printed word can’t is layer in accents on top of these grammatical distinctions in identity, which Cherise Booth does using mainly Caribbean variants. This gives an already emotionally challenging book even more depth, but trust that it is worth it.”

    Paste magazine

  • “The more I read the bigger I felt, falling down a rabbit-hole of sky and wanting only to go deeper and farther with every page.“


  • "[A] highly imaginative sci-fi novel.”


  • “Highly recommended for anyone interested in the ever-growing field of SF which is invested in engaging with race, gender, and sexuality as an integral part of any vision of the future.”

    IndiePicks Magazine

  • “Suffused with the past, the present, and the future of human experiences in its events, An Unkindness of Ghosts launches the career of a brilliantly gifted and important new writer in science fiction.”

    Foreword Reviews (starred reviews)

  • “Harrowing and beautiful, this is sf at its best: showing the possible future but warning of the danger of bringing old prejudices and cruelties to that new world…Fully rounded characters bring nuance and genuine pathos to this amazing debut.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Solomon debuts with a raw distillation of slavery, feudalism, prison, and religion that kicks like rotgut moonshine…This is worldbuilding by poetry…Stunning.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Infused with the spirit of Octavia Butler and loaded with meaning for the present day…Solomon’s impassioned, speculative, literary book is sorely needed on library shelves.”


  • “An entertaining novel that does not neglect the vitality of its story while probing society’s assumptions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A heady science fiction novel that speaks directly to some of the most pressing political and social concerns of the modern day. And yet for all that, it remains deeply humane…This is a book you’ll want to read now so you can tell your friends you read it first.”

    Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

  • “Imaginative in the vein of Colson Whitehead, Samuel R. Delany, and Octavia E. Butler, this novel explores the struggles of slum dwellers aboard a spacecraft sadly reminiscent of our own world. With outstanding world-building and an unforgettable protagonist, this is a notable debut by an author whose work I look forward to reading for years to come.”

    Tananarive Due, author of Ghost Summer

  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Books to Read This Fall
  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • An NPR Best Book of 2017
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017
  • A Paste Magazine Pick of 2017's Best Audiobooks
  • A BookRiot Pick of Books to Read If You Miss Doctor Who

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About the Author

Rivers Solomon is the author of An Unkindness of Ghosts and has twice been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Rivers Solomon graduated from Stanford University with a degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity and holds an MFA in fiction from the Michener Center for Writers.

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre’s production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson’s Jitney and Freedom Theatre’s own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.