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The Stars Are Legion

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  5,057 ratings  ·  1,027 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.
Alex Hardison There's some sexual manipulation, by which I mean a couple with a very complicated power dynamic, with sex a part of that, but no straight-up sexual…moreThere's some sexual manipulation, by which I mean a couple with a very complicated power dynamic, with sex a part of that, but no straight-up sexual violence or assault.(less)

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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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
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.

Jayd and
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
2.5ish 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, and it works... 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 so
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
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm disappointed.

Mostly in myself for not DNFing earlier.

Here are the facts:

▪this book is set in space
▪everyone is a lesbian
▪I wanted to love this so badly
▪it's just,,, so fucking confusing and weird
example A: everyone spontaneously gets pregnant ALL THE TIME
▪and then they give birth to weird shit like mutated fish and giant slug things
example B: it's supposed to be suspenseful bc you don't know what's really going on but it's actually just annoying
▪leaving every!! single!!! impo
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.
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.
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
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
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
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5 / 5

Zan es una mujer con amnesia cuyo propósito parece ser atacar una y otra vez la misteriosa nave-mundo el Mokshi. Su vida es un ciclo continuo de recuperación, entrenamiento, ataque y pérdida de memoria. O al menos, eso es lo que le cuentan. Su única constante y lo que parece anclarla a Katazyrna, el mundo donde despierta, es Jayd. Aunque confía en ella, Jayd tampoco parece de fiar. Está sumida en una serie de maquinaciones políticas contra su madre y el planeta-nave enemigo Bhavaja. De la
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
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
Sandra Uv
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Me ha gustao mucho, una de las novelas de ciencia ficción más originales que he leído en mi vida y una de mis mejores lecturas.

Reseña completa:
The Stars Are Legion was one of my favorite books of last year 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
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
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
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ritmo narrativo escaso, personajes sin carisma, space opera (como dice el libro que se supone es) inexistente (ni multiples razas ni ná), ambientación orgánica sin ningún tipo de worldbuilding (eso funciona porque funciona. Y ya.) y, lo peor, continuas escenas oscuras y con ambientación desagradable hace que me resulte poco grato seguir leyendo.

Las dos estrellas porque le reconozco originalidad, pero no es para mí.
Mamen B.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

Lo primero que pienso cuando quiero hablar de este libro es en que no sabría a quién recomendárselo. Lo único que se me ocurre es: si te gusta lo raro, léelo, si no, este no es tu libro. Así lo definiría yo: raro. Y es raro porque es una especie de ciencia ficción sucia. Kameron Hurley ha escrito grimdark pero en cifi y además no sólo hay sangre y suciedad, sino que hay muchas cosas asquerosas. Si eres de los aprensivos que además tienen imaginación para formarse una imagen vívida mientras
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
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
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
J.B. Caplan
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nota: 3.5

He devorado este libro, como si yo fuese un mundo agónico que necesita reciclar letras para seguir respirando un poco más.

La historia que nos plantea Kameron Hurley es estupenda. Una Space Opera donde no tienen cabida los personajes masculinos (ni los tiene ni los necesita) que te mantiene atrapado hasta su desenlace. Lo bueno es que todo está comprimido en 350 páginas, aquí no sobra nada, pero tampoco falta.
Es verdad que la novela es un poco montaña rusa y que la parte media del libr
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
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, but
Nacho Iribarnegaray
SÍ. Muy sí. Todo el sí.
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
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Kameron Hurley is the author of The Mirror Empire, Empire Ascendant and the God’s War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Scienc ...more
“When you understand what the world is, you have two choices: Become a part of that world and perpetuate that system forever and ever, unto the next generation. Or fight it, and break it, and build something new. The former is safer, and easier. The latter is scarier, because who is to say what you build will be any better?” 11 likes
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