- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Akashic Books; 1st edition (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617755885
- ISBN-13: 978-1617755880
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.
Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war.