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The First Sister

(The First Sister Trilogy #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,512 ratings  ·  661 reviews
First Sister has no name and no voice. As a priestess of the Sisterhood, she travels the stars alongside the soldiers of Earth and Mars—the same ones who own the rights to her body and soul. When her former captain abandons her, First Sister’s hopes for freedom are dashed when she is forced to stay on her ship with no friends, no power, and a new captain—Saito Ren—whom she ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Skybound Books
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    Release date: Aug 04, 2020
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    ☀ Kat Nova ☀ There aren't many labels, but from the main characters the first sister is bi, I think Lito is pan, and Hiro is nonbinary. There are also some queer s…moreThere aren't many labels, but from the main characters the first sister is bi, I think Lito is pan, and Hiro is nonbinary. There are also some queer side characters and great POC rep :)(less)
    Isaiah Depends on the teen. I was reading things more graphic younger, but some people still can't read the same things. Might be worth reading it together o…moreDepends on the teen. I was reading things more graphic younger, but some people still can't read the same things. Might be worth reading it together or reading it first so you can know for sure :) Wish I could be more help!(less)

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    R.F. Kuang
    Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book is wonderful. Utterly absorbing from the start–if you enjoyed Red Rising/Mass Effect and wanted to see more women and queer characters, this is absolutely for you.
    Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    i can't even begin to explain how obsessed I am with this book. I read it all in a single night because I couldn't put it down ...more
    Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it

    i enjoyed this so so so much! rtc! <3

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    It was our… becoming. The two of us forming a chrysalid that would break into a singular, monstrous being.

    🌈✨🚀8/4/2020: It excites me greatly that this queer space opera is now out and about in the world for y'all to devour

    Not gonna lie, resurfacing from this book felt like finishing a marathon that pushed my poor sci-fi-averse heart to its limits.

    That being said, this. is. GORGEOUS. Absolutely epic. So fucking queer. I adored it.

    I read a post by Linden A. Lewis explaining The First Sister's
    Linden Lewis
    Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    THE FIRST SISTER is a book about finding your voice and choosing your loyalty. A story about people who realize their society is broken and have to decide what to do about it. A tale about oppressed people who struggle to survive in a universe that thinks less of them, for one reason or another.

    I want to be transparent: there are NO GRAPHIC SEXUAL ABUSE SCENES. While it explores the dangers of rape culture and sexual assault, something that many of the characters have faced, it is a story far mo
    ☀ Kat Nova ☀
    I really regret reading this… As an arc.

    Because I would binge the helll out of it if the whole series was out already. But alas, now I have to wait for the next books to be written and released. My impatient ass is weeping right now.

    “Be what they want. Be what they need. Be everything for them, so that they will leave your chambers without sadness, without guilt, without lust. No distractions while they’re on duty.”

    If I see a one star rating for this I will genuinely be shocked. As s
    Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    The First Sister starts off strong right out of the gate but the potential is quickly lost amid the forceful amounts of romance and non exploratory world for a space opera.
    All my pros, cons, and first impressions in a “Should You Read It?” episode here:
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites
    If I’m being honest, there are two reasons I do advance reviews of books. The lesser of the two is that I want to build sufficient reviewer cred so that I can get advanced copies of highly anticipated blockbusters. The greater of the two is being able to be the first one to discover something amazing and tell all you people about it. Nerd bragging rights and all.

    If that is my goal, my reviewer career may have peaked fairly early, because it’s hard to imagine me ever being first out of the gate o
    Aug 14, 2020 marked it as abandoned
    Why has so much adult Science Fiction deteriorated into YA-style, surface level, dumbed down, mediocre writing?

    No science, immature and underdeveloped characters. Stupid dialogue.

    Trying to find good Science Fiction is like trying to find a good tv show amidst all the "reality tv".

    Will someone please write some new science fiction that requires a few brain cells?
    Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
    CWs: graphic violence, murder, implied torture, threats of sexual violence, implied sexual assault, implied rape, child prostitution, loss of bodily autonomy, non-consensual surgery, human experimentation, gender dysphoria, misgendering, PTSD, racism

    Rep: bisexual white MC, Hispanic panromantic asexual MC, Japanese nonbinary MC, amputee character with prosthetics

    (this review has mild spoilers but nothing specific)

    I had very mixed feelings for most of this book and was actually contemplating 3 st
    monica kim
    Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
    this is a really solid space opera with a fantastic world, interesting characters, and stellar plot. part of me wishes it was a bit longer to flesh out some of the characters’ eventual arcs, but i still really enjoyed this overall and cannot wait for book 2! the audiobook is also especially fantastic (we love a full cast).

    as a korean woman, i don’t know how i feel about the synopsis referring to the sisters as comfort women though.
    *shoves face into pillow*
    *muffled screaming*
    I gotta take a minute because whew that was... Amazing. Draining, because fuuuuUUUCK, but amazing.

    Read the full review on the blog!

    Content warnings include: violence, death and graphic injury, amputation, PTSD, denial of bodily autonomy in various ways (prostitution, plastic surgery, neural implants, experimentation, gender expression), blackmail, execution, untreated mental illness, dysphoria, implied torture; mentions of child abuse.

    The First Sis
    Xiran Zhao
    first sister cosplay

    *Spoiler-free review*

    Personal Rating: I'd betray any higher power to join Hemlock's gang
    Reasons to Read: Richly-realized worldbuilding, compelling characters, non-binary rep, multilayered tension, mindblowing plot twists

    You know, despite literally being a sci-fi author, I've always had trouble connecting with space operas. I don't know why. But I DEFINITELY didn't have a problem with this book. The worldbuilding, character work, and unraveling plot threads were so perfectly balanced that I breez
    to put it simply, let's just say I'd give my life for Lito, Hiro and First Sister. I can't choose a favourite, they all own my heart. and this first instalment in the trilogy was simply incredible. there is not one thing I did not like about this book. it made me scream, cry, laugh, and scream some more (just for good measure). ...more
    Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: sci-fi, diverse-recs, 2020

    The last act of the book was too much and now I have to sit here and DIE while I wait for the second book. Wow.

    I really enjoyed this! It was thrilling and had a diverse cast of characters, both in representation and personality and point of view. I enjoyed getting to know all of them and seeing their world and society from their experience. The world building was well-thought out and had just the right amount of detail for me. I felt like I learned the politics, but didn't feel bogged down in i
    Landice (Manic Femme)
    Initial thoughts (Aug. 8, 2020): HOLY FUCKING SHIT, Y'ALL. Review to come when I'm able to pick up the pieces of my heart and brain and put them back together. I just finished this ARC, but I plan to journey to the book store for my own hardcover copy in a few hours. Yes, I loved it that much.

    Update (Aug. 19th, 2020): Book acquired, and wow, is that matte, embossed jacket gorgeous, or what?! Anyway, now that I'm a bit more coherent: I really appreciated both the explicit and casually queer rep i
    This was freaking phenomenal!

    I am a sucker for sci-fi, especially sci-fi with queer characters and The First Sister did not disappoint one bit. In this story we follow three people: The First Sister, she has no name and a servant in a matriarchal religious sect. Hiro, once a promising soldier and rich noble, they have now disappeared and might be a traitor to the nation. And finally, Lito, a decorated soldier tasked with hunting down his bond partner Hiro after they defect.

    This world was built
    Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    ↠ 5 stars

    There is nothing quite like returning to real life after spending hours engrossed in a story you are unable to put down. The First Sister was such an immersive experience, I really don't have any other way to describe it. That feeling of being completely absorbed in every aspect of a book that reaching the end is somewhat jarring and unreal is definitely the case in reading this.

    Everything contained in this book has clearly been painstakingly crafted. The world building alone is a feat
    May 19, 2020 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    June 13, 2020: AH, I can finally read an early copy of this! It's clearly one of my most anticipated books of this year and with that gorgeous cover, I'm about to find a favorite or so I feel. Thank you, Simon & Schuster for a digital copy!

    Read this interview of the author over on my blog!

    May 19, 2020: Why are more people not talking about this?! It sounds perfect for an epic space opera and it has a non-binary hero SO what's not to be excited about COME ON.
    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
    On my blog.

    Actual rating 2.5

    Rep: bi mc, mlm mc, Japanese nonbinary mc, amputee character

    CWs: threats of sexual violence, child prostitution, gender dysphoria/body dysmorphia, non-consensual surgical procedures, human experimentation

    Galley provided by publisher

    In all honesty, I’ve been putting off writing this review because I don’t want to think about this book, and in particular, a plot twist in this book, any longer since finishing it. It’s one of those books that is going along fine, and
    Sara (sarawithoutanH)
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2021
    Good world building. Delightful characters. Chef's kiss.


    ALSO- that ending!!


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    Victoria BookLover
    (Second Review)
    Everyone is doing themselves a huge disservice by not reading this book. The First Sister is a marvelous queer sci-sci-fi/fantasy about three people from different walks of life, all strung together by plot to bring about peace to everyone even if it means war.

    The characters are all very flushed out. The First Sister starts off as a oblivious obedient woman who tries to navigate those who force her hand in doing things that are treasonous and threaten her livelihood, while also
    Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
    So the sequel is out on NetGalley and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to get denied to read it. This thought alone didn't stop me from enjoying the heck out of The First Sister though.

    From the very beginning, I was honestly hooked. It didn't matter that I was already developing questions due to things not being explained to me (just yet) but I was prepared to fall for this book no matter what. Even though I'm still salty at that little ending - it was bittersweet and I wanted full on happiness d
    Bookphenomena (Micky)
    THE FIRST SISTER was an engrossing read, once I hit a third through, it was really hard to put down. Told from two different POVs, two sides of a war and two characters that couldn’t be more different, it took quite a time for these separate stories to converge but both narratives were gripping.

    The worlds of Mars, Venus, Mercury, the asteroids and moons were complex in their settlements and evolving races but only in retrospect. This complexity was woven so carefully into the narrative without i
    Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: science-fiction, lgbt
    Humanity has spread out into the solar system, gone to war, and after humanities subservient machines rebelled and left the inner solar system, humans have split genetically and split periodically. Mercury and Venus are the domain of the technologically advanced Icarii. Earth and Mars are the domain of the traditionalist and religious Geans and the asteroid belt is the home of the new human species called the "asters".

    First Sister is a nameless and voiceless member of the Sisterhood, the religio
    Edit (the following day, because I kept thinking about this one). So. The book is a page turner, no questions about it. The narrarive is good, but the more I think about it, the more I realise the part I loved more are the parts I loved more from.other books/shows. What I mean:

    - the sisterhood it's the one on the handmaid's tale. She even has the Aunts. And the girls are sent to ships and places and take confessions and are used for sex. In the handmaid's tale they are sent to families to have k
    Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
    ☆ 4 / 5 ☆

    The Gaen Empire and the Icarii are two space forces in a war to claim more land, one seeking to make religion prevail while the other believes only in science.

    First Sister travels on one of the ships of the Gaen Empire army, without a name and without a voice, her First Sister status being the only thing preventing any soldier on the ship from claiming her body. When Saito Ren becomes the new captain of the Juno, she is asked by the Sisterhood to spy on her and play the part to keep he
    Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Ya wanna know what I am so goddamn tired of?
    But not really...

    This was phenomenal. It's being pitched as similar to Red Rising and I would agree with that, BUT, it has way more diversity and more emphasis on women in power (which I'm always here for).

    That being said, Lewis created some incredible plot twists that I 100% did not see coming. They managed to keep me on the edge of my seat because I had to know what happened to all of these characters that
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    *This will probably have typos it’s 4AM and I’m tired, I’ll fix it when I wake up or maybe I won’t.

    In my past I haven't read a lot of science fiction and I was looking to change that. I saw this cover and was immediately intrigued - I hope the rest of the genre can compare to this masterful creation because now I am hooked! However, I do find it to be quite rude that I have to wait until August 2021 for the sequel. Especially considering the way this book brought me through an emotional whirlwi
    so much potentials but...
    i have so much conflicted feelings abt the book.. i admit it has lots of potentials, i really like the worldbuilding and the audiobook narrators. there are some plot points i questioned but addressed later in the book. but there are some parts of the story that i think will be offensive to people. but i'm not the own-voice reader of the book so it's not my place to tell. i'll reserve my judgement until i read the second book. rating can change with time.

    notes: pls check
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    Linden A. Lewis (she/they) is a queer writer and world wanderer currently living in Madrid with a couple of American cats who have little kitty passports. Tall and tattooed, Linden exists only because society has stopped burning witches.

    While there is a 95% chance Linden is a cryptid, they can often be spotted in the wild cosplaying or acting (yes, they appeared in an episode of The Walking Dead).

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