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 writing was good enough that when I heard she had a new sci-fi novel coming out, I thought I would give it a shot. I felt the same way about the stars are legion as I did about the fantasy book.
I actually thought the plot was an awesome set-up. Zan is a character who wakes up not remembering her past but is told she keeps being reanimated to help save the world. She has failed all the previous times but perhaps this time will be different. Zan is kick-ass, resourceful, and intelligent. She finds herself performing tasks like fighting or repairing spacecraft with little effort but no memory of having learned how. Through the snippets of memory that Zan does begin to retrieve, it is evident that complex politics and plots are unfolding.
Oh and this book is completely women dominated. In fact, I don’t believe I read a single mention of a male at all. So that was kinda cool. But again the plot just failed me. The writing and characterization were intriguing. But after yet another description of one of the living ships that Zan visits, I was done. I wanted more fighting and most of all more of Zan’s discoveries about herself. I wanted more interpersonal relationships. But perhaps ye will find this author to yer taste. Lots of other people seem to as it has a 3.8 Goodreads rating and a 4 star Amazon rating. I appear to be in the minority again and shall not be reading another book by this author anytime soon.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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 finds that she 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. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?
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