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The first sister : a novel

by Lewis, Linden A., 1988-

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
Combining the social commentary of The Handmaid's Tale with the white-knuckled thrills of Red Rising , this epic space opera follows a comfort woman as she claims her agency, a soldier questioning his allegiances, and a non-binary hero out to save the solar system.

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 knows nothing about. She is commanded to spy on Captain Ren by the Sisterhood, but soon discovers that working for the war effort is so much harder to do when you're falling in love.

Lito val Lucius climbed his way out of the slums to become an elite soldier of Venus, but was defeated in combat by none other than Saito Ren, resulting in the disappearance of his partner, Hiro. When Lito learns that Hiro is both alive and a traitor to the cause, he now has a shot at redemption: track down and kill his former partner. But when he discovers recordings that Hiro secretly made, Lito's own allegiances are put to the test. Ultimately, he must decide between following orders and following his heart.

A stunning and sweeping debut novel that explores the power of technology, colonization, race, and gender, The First Sister is perfect for fans of James S.A. Corey, Chuck Wendig, and Margaret Atwood.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lewis' rousing debut is a story of threes: three protagonists, three space-faring human races, three dreams told from three viewpoints. First Sister serves the Mother and her order in silence, acting as confessor for and sexual consort to members of her ship's crew. Lito, a highly skilled duelist who worked hard to overcome his lower-class background, has been assigned to assassinate the sisterhood's leader and kill the defector, Hiro, wayward son of a powerful family and Lito's technologically psi-bonded partner. They were presumed to be dead and have been branded a traitor. A secret recording sent to Lito confirms this but also reveals there is much more behind Hiro's motivations. Each narrator seeks security, purpose, or peace and when they come together everything could change--or they will die. Conflicts over advanced technology, religious beliefs, and economic deprivation swirl throughout this thrilling LGBTQ space opera centered on love, loss, and betrayal. The surprising twists at the climax bode well for the next book in the First Sister trilogy: the revolution is just getting started."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lewis introduces readers to a universe at war in this competent far-future debut. The technocratic, decadent Icarii and the stoic, nature-worshipping Geans have long been in conflict. When a nameless priestess is abandoned by the man she thought would save her from life as a sex slave aboard a Gean warship, she fights to retain her position as First Sister, the captain's favorite, so that she does not have to submit to the rest of the crew. But the new captain is difficult to get a read on. Meanwhile, the Icarii military assigns duelist Lito sol Lucius to track down his former partner who has gone missing and is presumed to have defected mid-mission. Both the priestess and Lucius are plunged into a world of political intrigue and they are forced to question their allegiances as their separate goals pull them toward an explosive final encounter. Despite a bit of clunky exposition early on, Lewis skillfully handles the tale's many moving pieces, maintaining pace, nuance, and clarity throughout. Lewis's lush prose creates an immersive, richly textured world with complex social dynamics and solid LGBTQ and multicultural representation. Though the political through line will put readers in mind of many other SF offerings, including James S.A. Corey's Expanse series, the familiar beats are well executed. This fast, fun military thriller will satisfy genre fans. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (Aug.)"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Series First sister trilogy ; book 1
Subjects Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction.
Space colonies -- Fiction.
Interplanetary voyages -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Human trafficking victims -- Fiction.
Women priests -- Fiction.
Soldiers -- Fiction.
Gender-nonconforming people -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Space operas (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Skybound Books/Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 344 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9781982126995
198212699X
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