[Pdf] (The First Sister) BY Linden A. Lewis
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Lito S Partner Hiro s partner Hiro been off a classified mission for some time and Lito is really feeling his absence Then he receives word that Hiro has turned traitor and Lito is given the chance to prove his loyalty by hunting his partner downThe book follows our two protagonists I don t think there s really a primary protagonist despite the book being titled The First Sister as The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur each gets caught up in the machinations of their governments I m not going to go any deeper into the books than thatverything I ve laid out here save some of the ancient history is laid out in the first few pages Read and find outAre you a fan of the thrilling action of Red Rising You ll find that in The First Sister though not to the Vermeer to Eternity exaggerated Michael Bay movie levels you sometimes get from Darrow Are you a fan of the social commentary of The Handmaid s Tale You ll find that in The First Sister though it s not nearly so bleak There s a strong dash of The Expanse thrown in as well primarily in the Belters AstersThe plot kept catching me off guard Lewis subverted myxpectations at Heaven to Betsy every turn I kept thinking I had a sense of where the book was going and then suddenly Lewis would give me a literary punch in the stomach and floor me And then she did it againThis book isxtremely LGBT positive Gender and orientation are both presented as fluid and physical intercourse isn t the be all and So B. It end all Lewis herself identifies as ueer making this book good for the OwnVoices bingo suare though since it s not supposed to come out until August I m not sure that s going to help anyone but meI really can t rave about this booknough It s the first in a series though it doesn t Cabaret end on a cliffhanger thankfully I hate cliffhangers and I can t wait for the next oneSeriously this is amazing The First Sister starts off strong right out of the gate but the potential is uickly lost amid the forceful amounts of romance and nonxploratory world for a space operaAll my pros cons and first impressions in a Should You Read It pisode here 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 anotherI want to be transparent there are NO GRAPHIC SEXUAL ABUSE SCENES While it xplores the dangers of rape culture and sexual assault something that many of the characters have faced it is a story far focused on how to change that culture and build a better future from it As a sexual assault survivor myself the last thing I wanted was a story that could be seen to glorify sexual assault in any way shape or form or one that could be seen as torture porn While the characters discuss things that have happened in their past they are also highly I really regret reading this As an arcBecause I would totally binge the shit 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 verything 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 someone who gets asily intimidated by sci fi let alone space operas I can honestly say this was such a pleasant surprise Confession time I didn t ven know this was a space opera when I reuested it I just saw that gorgeous cover and hitting the reuest button was like a reflex But hey apparently if you take sci fi and make it gay it s not that scary And this truly was so very beautifully ueer In our main suad we have our cottage core bisexual The First Sister a priestess on a journey of finding her voice literally We also have a Hispanic gay with a bigass heart and a Japanese non binary BADASS Lito and Hiro duelists aka a duo of soldiers on their journey of finding where their loyalties lie and of course finding ach other And guess what I m in love with all three of themI was actually in awe of this story The world was pretty complex but the author made it super En plein coeur easy to understand On the surface there is a war between the technologically advanced Icarii and the religious Geans Obviously it s a lot complicated and messed up than that but it was really fun to learn about I loved seeing how different the two sides of the war are through the mult. 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 warffort is so much harder to do when you’re falling in loveLito val Lucius climbed his way out of the slums to become an lite soldier of Venus but was defeated in combat by none other than Saito Ren resulting in. THE FIRST SISTER was an ngrossing 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 different it took uite a time for these separate stories to converge but both narratives were grippingThe worlds of Mars Venus Mercury
the asteroids and moons were complex in their settlements and volving races but only in retrospect This complexity was asteroids and moons were complex in their settlements and volving races but only in retrospect This complexity was so carefully into the narrative without info dumping There was a drip of information when it was needed so I was never jarred by getting to know history and contemporary life and their hierarchyI was probably most fascinated with the life of First Sister her tenuous position on 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 xperimentation gender dysphoria misgendering PTSD racism Rep bisexual white MC Hispanic panromantic asexual MC Japanese nonbinary MC amputee character with prostheticsthis review has mild spoilers but nothing specific I had very mixed feelings for most of this book and was actually contemplating 3 stars Bu shoves face into pillowmuffled screamingI 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 amput Why has so much adult Science Fiction deteriorated into YA style surface level dumbed down mediocre writingNo 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 reuires a few brain cells If I m being honest there are
TWO REASONS I DO ADVANCE REVIEWSreasons I do advance reviews 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 allIf that is my goal my reviewer career may have peaked fairly arly because it s hard to imagine me The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life ever being first out of the gate on something as amazing as The First Sister by Linden A LewisThe letter at the front of the ARC from the Skybound booksditor thanks for the ARC by the way compares the book to Handmaid s Tale Red Rising and Ancillary Justice OK I thought that s fine it s his job to sell it after all But that s a high standard and that s with me knowing Ancillary Justice only be reputation I m a big fan of both Margaret Atwood and Pierce Brown and xpected that comparison to be hyperbolic I went into this xpecting to be disappointed I was notSpoiler free synopsis time The book is set some centuries after humanity wrecked the Earth and nearly did the same to Mars when Earth leaned too heavily on the new Mars colony for resources While Earth and Mars were limping along and killing ach other a bunch of scientists said fuck this shit and went and built colonies on Mercury and Venus using Unobtainium to build technological utopias Warning TV Tropes But since the humans of Mercury and Venus the Icarii aren t interested in sharing their technology with the humans of Earth and Mars now united as the Gaens there s been a long running war There s also the Asters humans who live in the asteroid belt and are adapted to life in deep space looked down upon and xploited by both sidesThe Gaens are part military dictatorship part theocracy and the First Sister is the ranking priestess aboard a Gaen warship The Sisters have no voice literally they re rendered incapable of speech though they can sign among themselves and serve as let s call them comfort women to the Gaen military The Sisters are there to hear the confessions of soldiers and offer forgiveness so they don t go into battle with a guilty conscience and they re available sexually to any soldier who wants them so they don t go into battle horny The First Sister is an xception of sorts being reserved for the personal use of the captain The captain of the warship Juno is retiring however meaning a new captain is coming aboard who will select a new First Sister Our protagonist is determined to retain her position and not go back to being available for free use Lito is part of the Icarii Special Forces recovering from physical and mental trauma sustained during the Gaens recent victory in conuering Ceres Icarii Special Forces. 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.
Read & Download The First SisterIple POV s which we get three of Each one was so different and yet so asy to get immersed in I couldn t wait for our character s paths to intertwine and boy was that wait worth it Things definitely didn t go as I Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography expected but that s a good thing I don t think anyone could have predicted that big reveal my jaw was on the floorThis felt like a 500600 page book Not because it dragged on or anything but because it was so incrediblyngrossing So many
EVENTS HAPPENED SO MANY FEELINGS ACTUALLYhappened So many feelings Actually kinda wish it was longer because I Need More Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the arc This book is wonderful Utterly absorbing from the start if you njoyed Red RisingMass Effect and wanted to see
Women And Ueer Characters This Is Absolutelyand ueer characters this is absolutely you It was our becoming The two of us forming a chrysalid that would break into a singular monstrous being 842020 It xcites me greatly that this ueer space opera is now out and about in the world for y all to devourNot gonna lie resurfacing from this book felt like finishing a marathon that pushed my poor sci fi averse heart to its limitsThat being said this is GORGEOUS Absolutely pic So fucking ueer I adored itI read a post by Linden A Lewis xplaining The First Sister s origins as a short story about the wartime love between a priestess without a voice and her against the grain spaceship captain I am SO glad the author decided to write this story into a novel because it s become ven something beautiful in its multidimensionality The First Sister takes place centuries into a future where Earth has been irreparably ravaged sending humans into space Two warring societies take centre stage the religious Geans colonizers of Earth and Mercury and technologically superior Icarii colonizers of Mars and Venus Caught in the middle are the Asters genetically modified humans comprising the lowest rungs of both societies oppressed by Geans and Icarii alike First Sister is a voiceless Gean priestess who services soldiers aboard a prestigious warship taking confessions and warming their beds All she dreams of is a home a family to be her own person away from the Sisterhood until she meets her new captain Saito Ren the nigmatically untraditional woman who makes her uestion The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl everything she s willing to sacrifice Lito val Lucius fought his way out of the slums to achieve legendary status as an Icarii duelist one half of anmpathically bonded pair But this is all ripped away after his partner Hiro betrays them to the Geans and now Lito must kill the person who was once Exile and Pilgrim everything to him Except what if Hiro was onto something bigger than them both Full disclosure Sci fi isn t really my genre Space operas don t get my blood pumpin unless they happen to be crass and full colour illustrated ahem Saga I ve neverven read The Handmaid s Tale in its ntirety and YES I AM FULLY AWARE that as a Canadian and UofT alum this makes me a total plebeian So yes sometimes my attention did drift while reading The First Sister and I think I d personally rate this 35 stars rounded up Even so I found myself utterly blown away by the pic Hannah Montana: The Movie epic worldbuilding Linden A Lewis s prose is gorgeous and the universe they ve created is lavish andxtensive but never overwhelming What s they ve woven a story that centres ueerness and interrogates themes of reclaiming autonomy of body mind gender and identity They had created some facsimile of family that was stronger than blood because despite our differences we
WERE KINDRED FIRST SISTER WHO Skindred First Sister who s struggles to forge an identity and destiny apart from the machinations of the cruel Sisterhood Lito must grapple with the devotion to his Commander that he s known all his life And Hiro I freakin ADORED Hiro Of all the characters they were without a doubt the most nthralling for me Hiro is 100% nby badassery they have rebelled all their life against their father s cruelty at the cost of verything dear to them I loved their blithe irreverence The snarky comebacks always on the tip of their tongue The distinctiveness of their voice in the chapters dedicated to them What left the greatest imprint on me was Hiro s resilience The Icarii government seizes verything from Hiro their body and motions and gender to mold them into a weapon against the GeansBut they won t be weaponized Neither will First Sister or Lito And when the three finally come together it marks the beginnings of a cosmic revolution that will change verythingI absolutely implore you to read their story Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster Canada for this ARC in xchange for an honest review. 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 hear.