The First Sister
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Giveaway dates: Jun 14 - Jul 05, 2021
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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? ...more
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 ...more
as a korean woman, i don’t know how i feel about the synopsis referring to the sisters as comfort women though.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First Sister is a nameless and voiceless member of the Sisterhood, the religio ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
ADDING MORE BOOKS TO MY FAVORITES OF 2020!!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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). ...more