60th out of 60 books — 10 voters
The Cage of Zeus
by Sayuri Ueda
The “rounds” are humans with the sex organs of both genders. Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space, they are now a minority, despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel of Life. Aboard Zeus I, a space station orbiting the planet Jupiter, the “rounds” have created their own society with a radically different view of gender and of life itse...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by VIZ Media LLC
(first published September 18th 2011)
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An interesting science fiction novel set during my favorite period - the expansion to the outer planets - but one which disappoints a bit where its main goal is concerned. This book exists to discuss the idea of the "Rounds" - humans genetically engineered to have both male and female sex organs - as well as various other aspects of sexuality beyond the conventionally heterosexual, but aside from a fairly dry lecture toward the beginning, it doesn't do that so much, and we really only get glimps...more
This was literally the worst book I have ever read. Filled with gore, and an unfollowable plot, I think that Sayuai Ueda could have done a better job of writing this book. It needs way less gore [come on. I don’t want to hear how their blood splattered on the ground!] Way less random plot changes [wait, why is this character now important? And who on earth are they?] And attachable, relatable characters [oh my gosh! My favourite character is now a big jerk!]. I wonder what possessed me to want t...more
Oct 03, 2011 Sean O'Hara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Commander Shirosaki and his security team are about to start a one year tour aboard space station Jupiter I, a research center near Europa that's home to a colony of genetically engineered hermaphrodites known as the Rounds. But two weeks from the Jovian system, he receives disturbing news: intelligence operatives on Mars have uncovered a terrorist plot to exterminate the Rounds. With the terrorists already en route to Jupiter I, Shirosaki's team will have to join forces with Commander Harding a...more
I found this to be a very interesting book whether you enjoy a science fiction yarn or a great study on gender. I enjoyed both aspects and the author chose a great setting as the backdrop. It's told in third person view and follows and switches between several characters throughout. I like science fiction stories that also raise societal questions and yet make you believe that this is something that could really happen. And then they make you react/question what you would do in that situation yo...more
One of the most thought-provoking books I've read in years. To its discredit, it's been marketed as some kind of kinetic hard-sci adventure. It's a lot more than that, and uses the emergent framework of a bigender human sub-species to ruminate almost extraordinarily on what it means to be a man, or a woman, or maybe both at the same time. Stunning.