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The Stars Are Legion

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  8,211 ratings  ·  1,615 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Saga Press
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Kameron Hurley Yup, as John said - they're recording it right now. Just ran a little behind for various publishing admin reasons.…moreYup, as John said - they're recording it right now. Just ran a little behind for various publishing admin reasons.(less)
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Elle (ellexamines)
I fear her, yes, but I’ve never been loyal.

4 1/2 stars, rounded up because I know for a fact this will stay with me. This story follows the Katazyrna family and the Bhavajas, trying to conquer the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to take their family away from the Legion, a ship system – think a solar system where all the planets are actually orb-shaped ships – in which they are trapped, where cancer eats away at the ships and people must be recycled for the ships to live at all.
Kevin Kelsey
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Posted at Heradas Review

"We all create the stories we need to survive."

This one was, wow, very interesting. I won't be forgetting this one any time soon. It's going to be very divisive. It had some interesting pacing, and a couple plot holes, but nothing I can't overlook. The ideas and resolution were wild as hell, and that is where the novel really shined. It really did feel like it was written during the New Wave era of the late 60s/early 70s; some weird combination between Joanna Russ and Iai
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

This was all I could think about while listening to this book. I had to DNF at 50% because I still had no idea what was going on and I wasn't enjoying myself.

I was intrigue by an all female cast of characters sci-fi but that was the only good thing about this book.

It was just weird and confusing and reminded me a bit of the movie "Snowpiercer".
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Memory, bio-punk, world-building extravaganza, betrayal, adventure, horror.

There's so much to love in this book. It's full to the brim with fantastic living "world/ships" and the special parasites that are living aboard them. (Us, or some kind of alien that's near enough us that makes no odds.)

I originally thought that it was going to be a lot like Starscape with the living ship, but in reality, this is much, much larger. At least the ship is. In fact, aside from a few quick space battles, most
2ish stars.

Kameron Hurley is full of ideas. Some of them obviously come from a dark, twisted, disturbing place. Some nasty stuff going on here. I mean cool, creative, crazy stuff... but also oozy, squishy, bloody, nasty blech, blech. The world-building is definitely the top selling point for this book. Organic planets/weapons/vehicles, all-female cast, mutant-babies, asexual conception, very interesting.

I feel like it should have been incredible, and I hoped it would be, but other elements wer
Manuel Antão
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

The lack of recognition for female SF writers appears to be particularly acute for what's known as 'hard science fiction', i.e. science fiction that pays fairly close attention to scientific plausibility, and that seeks to break as few physical laws as possible (in an ideal universe, perhaps, none). Other subdomains of SF have a better acceptance of female authorship -- for example, Lois McMaster Bujold has made wonderful inroads into
The Stars Are Legion was one of my favorite books of 2017 and my first adult sci-fi book. A year later, I still think it's one of the weirdest things I've ever read - it's an all-female, all-lesbian space opera - and it was even more interesting on reread.

This book is gross. Take this seriously.
If you are bothered by gore, body horror and violence, you shouldn't read The Stars Are Legion. It's a biopunk space opera with horror aspects, it's supposed to be gross; if "gross" isn't what you're look
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book is poised to be Kameron Hurley's mainstream space opera breakthrough, but apparently no one told her. It's as visceral and violently angry as anything she's ever written, a ragged scream from the heart of a broken world--but one not past mending, if there are people willing to do the work. ...more
Althea Ann
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
If you know Kameron Hurley's work, you know you're going to get an intensely visceral experience, with plenty of slime. 'The Stars are Legion' delivers as expected. The whole book is filled with yucky-but-imaginative and fascinating details, and it's worth reading just for that.

However, I did have issues with both the plot and the pacing of the novel. It's an amnesia story: Zan comes to consciousness in the middle of a war; smack in the middle of a vicious ruling family, dependent on what they
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite Hurley novel to-date, likely because it's a standalone and is a lot tighter than her other stuff. Not for the squeamish or anyone who hates bodily fluids. Really packs a punch.

And ayyyyyyyyyyy there are no men in this goddamn book!

Longer review when I am on not-a-tablet.
2.5-3 stars. I found this a difficult book to get through, despite liking the concept. I loved the idea of totally female-populated worlds/ships, I liked the big differences amongst all the different levels/cultures on board the ships. I liked Casimir, too. I liked how the women could be generals, warriors, mothers, carers, plotters and schemers, strategic thinkers and impulsive, scientific and curious, violent, horrible and in general, just a variety of people, instead of being just a mother, j ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars for its innovative theme ( I haven't read anything like it) , I would have given it 4 stars but I was not a fan of the ending. This book might revolt you (there are very gory scenes ) or it might just be what you were waiting for, the story in itself is confusing at best and the more you read the more confused you get , there is no clear direction by the author , but I ended up liking Zan , (but not jayd) one of the main characters, she seemed genuine and was likable even if she did some ...more
The Stars Are Legion was my first book by Kameron Hurley and it definitely won’t be the last. Quite the opposite, I now want to devour every single book of hers, preferably all at once.

This book is like nothing I’ve read before and I had a lot of fun reading something as unique as this. The Stars Are Legion might as well be titled Lesbians in Space and even that doesn’t cover how truly epic it is: men don’t exist in this world (don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against men in books but it’s SO
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Stars are Legion is a gorgeously crazy book. No matter how much speculative fiction you've read, I'll bet you've never read anything like it before. It was my first book by Hurley, and it won't be my last. The writing is gorgeous, deeply embedded with metaphor and allusion. (It's so very quotable that I'm physically pained to be unable to include any quotes at present at the publisher's request.)

If I were forced to categorize the book, I'd say it doesn't quite fit into fantasy or scifi and
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Zan is a warrior who keeps attacking the Mokshi. Each time she fails she's retrieved by two women on Katazyrna before being sent back into the fray. She's guided primarily by her sister Jayd and her mother Anat, neither of whom are actually related to her. Since Zan's memory is wiped each time she has no memory of Jayd, which makes it really hard to trust her. Jayd also has some POV chapters but these were not something that was enlightening since she was keeping secrets from the readers.

The wor
Jessica Woodbury
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd heard good things about Hurley and I'm always up for sci-fi that plays with gender in interesting ways. But what really got me was this negative review at Audible. And I quote, "Overwhelmingly Lesbian/sexual to the point that it totally distracts from practically anything Sci-Fi about it." That was the clincher that made me use a credit to get this audiobook.

Unfortunately this reviewer raised my expectations somewhat. There was definitely not as much lesbian sex as I expected, and I for one
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, this was quite interesting. It’s definitely original and wonderfully weird. And at times actually quite a bit brutal.
”Control of fecundity is something every woman wants, and each believes is her birthright. The worlds have other ideas, and it eventually led to their destruction.”
Wonderful cast of characters despite them being purposefully unlikable.
“The monsters don't live in the belly of the world like they all say. The monsters live inside of us. We make the monsters.”
But, but,
3.5 stars.

This book was...not at all what I expected. Going in, I knew that it was a sci-fi book set in a world with LITERALLY NO DUDES. EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER IS FEMALE. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. So obviously, I was pretty excited about reading that. And I knew that a lot of people had been like "Okay, this book is HELLA gory, just FYI". That was pretty much all I knew.

So basically, this book is about a dying world, a bunch of different warring cultures, and a woman with amnesia and one hell
Viv JM
3.5 stars

I feel like I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I loved the whole premise (a space opera where all the characters are women - yesss!) and the world building was fantastic. However, I found the first part of the book almost painfully slow and very nearly abandoned it, whilst I found the ending a little rushed. For me, the two different first person narrators didn't quite work, especially with one having amnesia and the other having something to hide. It stopped me from r
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
The real star of Hurley’s latest novel is, as we’ve come to expect from her, the incredible world-building. I can only think of a small handful of SFF writers who can match the breadth of her imagination.
In The Stars are Legion, a system of “world ships” populated entirely by women (the “Legion” of the title) battle for supremacy. One warrior, called Zan, has been recycled over and over to lead a battle against the Mokshi, the prize of the Legion, having her memory wiped each time a ne
Short review: Typical Hurley, visceral, daring, weird, and unexpected.

Long(er) review:

You should not read this book IF:
1. You want to have at least one male character. This book has none. Hurley's novels have always been gender-bending, and this book showcases that tendency. There are some lesbian sex in it, so if you're squeamish or just hates LGBTQ then you should just refrain from reading.
2. You expect to see fancy spaceships with cool tech. Well, the spaceship in this novel is a living worl
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A woman wakes up, and she has lost her memory. It's one of the most cliched openings in fiction, and what lovely irony that this is how one of the most innovative books I've read in years begins. Zan has amnesia, apparently not for the first time, and a woman who claims to be her sister wants her to go capture a spaceship/world. (The two words are interchangeable here).

Straight up I have to say that this was not an easy book to read, at least at first. Not because it's bad, and it's definitely
Linda Robinson
Cue: John Carpenter squishy noise music. Premise is excellent: planetary bodies orbiting an artificial sun, succumbing over eons to the ravages of aging like all living things. No magic pill. But wait, yes there is, but we're not going to hear about that until our shero scrums her way for the tenth, hundredth, thousandth time from the bowels of a galactic recycler. There's something here about women and birth taken to the galactic level, which could be profound, but it sits in the background lik ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Interesting ecological layers, a far more straightforward plot than I would have expected, and it's all nicely compact and brisk.

The major downside for me was simply the unrelenting brutality, horror, and grossness. The story is dripping with blood, gore, ichor, slime, and all other viscous fluids. It's dark, there's a mere glimmer of hope, and very little love (but plenty of desire, because, well... biology?).

So I was pretty much glued to the page, but felt very, very queasy by the end.

Let it b
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to 7jane by: ONTD
This is an all-women space opera, a tale of tragic love doomed by choices and circumstances past and present, a tale of revenge and war.

On the outer rim of the universe travels a mass of decaying world-ships, the Legion. Where a war for its control has raged for generations. Now two of these, the Bhavarajas and the Katazyrnas, are battling for control over a world that has departed from the Legion, Mokshi, to use its sources and to perhaps get away from the decline many worlds are suffering. But
Chris Berko
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The was F*cking Amazing!!!
It was a great science fiction story mixed with some kind of bio-punk extreme world building by way of a Wizard of Oz type adventure. The way everything at the end came together was nothing short of mind-blowing and even though I already had a ton of respect for Kameron Hurley after enjoying the first two Mirror Empire books this cemented her place in my "buy as soon as it comes out" list of authors (which is not that long of a list). Tons of goo and gag inducing moment
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2017
4 Stars

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley is a bold and brave science fiction fantasy with a touch of space opera. Hurley is among my very favorite authors writing today and she didn't let me down with this highly anticipated science fiction adventure. I loved everything I read and the time I spent in her world. My only problem with this book and ultimately the only reason that I don't give it full marks is that I never cared for any of the characters. I loved that they were strong, brave,
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it

Publisher: Saga

Publishing Date: February 2017

ISBN: 9781481447935

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.1/5

Publishers Description: Anat, leader of the Katazyrna world-ship and the most fearsome raiding force on the Outer Rim, wants peace. To do so she offers the hand of her daughter, Jayd, to her rival. Jayd has dreamed about leading her mother’s armies to victory her whole life—but she has a unique ability, and that makes her leverage, not a leader.

Review: This should hav
The Captain
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
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 writi ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so different to my recent reads, or perhaps any reads, that I'm not sure what to say!

First up, there are no males in this world. And guess what, stuff still gets hit, killed, betrayed etc so I guess we aren't the gentle sex.

The world is a ship, is a cephalopod, is possibly hollow!? Very inventive world building plus not a series :)

Also, one of my new favourite names, Arankadash. Just say it out loud then you'll agree. I also liked Casamir.
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Kameron Hurley is the author of The Light Brigade, The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Locus Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morn ...more

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