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The First Sister

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This book takes some careful reading. There are hints throughout depicting how the humans got to this point and how they then divided into differing groups. From a mass exodus of the AI's we created after a long war, to further conflicts, the culture in which The Frist Sister takes place is a far cry from any familiar trope. 

Lewis paints a multi-planetary existence that harkens back to the kingdoms of old. Integrating the familiar hierarchy of embattled countries with far-stretched futuristic galactic living succeeds on many levels. The First Sister follows multiple POVs, a Sister who has given her voice and body to the Goddess, a warrior with an implant that discards fears and anxieties, and the recording of a person who was once bound to the warrior. 

Futuristic intrigue brings to mind the courtly machinations of Maia by Richard Adams, especially in the First Sister's storyline. The Sisters are women who offer their voices to serve the vast military forces. They take confessions and provide comfort to keep the soldiers focused on what is most important. 

Given that the human race divides, living in the vast space within our current galaxy, it's no wonder Lewis has the future lives of humans as military based. A massive war with artificial intelligence, and then ourselves, has severely lowered the human race. Under these conditions, all parties are impressive as well as believable.  The Sisters and their Gean culture turn to a new form of religion, worshipping a Goddess and maintaining a semblance to the human life we now know. Meanwhile, the Icarii turn to advanced technology and body modifications that make them the seemingly higher power. Still, other life forms have been so altered that they barely remain recognizable as descendants from the human race they were born of. 

The First Sister excels in creating a plausible but vastly unique science fiction future. Being the first in a trilogy, there is much to look forward to from Linden A. Lewis's The First Sister Trilogy.
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Compelling book that went in a direction I enjoyed, but didn't necessarily expect.

I think the advance promotion makes this seem like a book very much focused on the First Sister. So you go in expecting to learn more about her story and the role of the "sisters" in general. Surprisingly, the story doesn't really spend much time with "sisterhood" at all. It's alluded to that they provide sexual services--and most didn't choose the life--but other than that, we get no real sense of this religion and what it's like to be in it. 

Once you adjust to that realization, (Oh hey, this is actually NOTHING like "The Handmaid's Tale") the book becomes more enjoyable. In a nutshell it's a story about political intrigue and fighting for control over the galaxy (well, the part humans were given after "the sentients" ditched us). Yes, this book gave me some "Red Rising" vibes, but it has far less action/battle scenes than Rising, opting more for scenes of emotional intrigue and people finding their voice/choosing their side.

The story is split equally between the First Sister, the solider Lito, and his missing partner, Hiro. Of the three, Hiro's (told via recordings he's left for Lito) was perhaps the most interesting to me. All three stories are, of course, interconnected and I appreciated the way this was revealed. The story often went in unexpected directions with revelations that were genuinely surprising. I also appreciated that this story had some interesting things to say about both gender and sexuality.

Knocking it a star because as much as I enjoyed the ride, I'm not sure if I'd sign up for the next one. (The book ends with a gentle cliffhanger). Maybe the cliffhanger is TOO gentle? I felt like I had got resolution on all of the things I wanted to see resolved. 

Thanks to the author and NetGalley for granting me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I had so much fun reading this! This book is a fast paced science fiction novel with three protagonists. Our first protagonist is First Sister, a nun for the ship Juno. This is the Handmaiden's tale part, they're all forced into having sex and rejection means losing their status basically. The Geans (the people First Sister is a part of) have some kind of strange theocratic society, that isn't nearly as fleshed out as it should be in my opinion. There was so much I wanted to know about the society. Her story revolves around Saito Ren, the new commander whom she is chosen to spy on and eventually falls in love with. 

The second perspective is Lito who, honestly I wasn't very invested with. But his side of the story is where most of the action is. He is part of a group called the Icarii who are at war with the Geans and instead of a theocratic society they rely on technology for everything, including simple things such as calming themselves down. This side of the story also has huge themes of lack of bodily autonomy, but this one is to the military rather than a theocratic society.

The last perspective is Hiro. Their story is mostly told in flashbacks and doesn't at all feel necessary to the story and I really hate to say that about a fellow enby. But rest assured they do serve a huge importance.

Characters:
I only liked First Sister and Saito Ren, everyone else was kind of meh. I didn't truly hate everyone and the characters were clearly defined (heavy praise there), but on a personal level I couldn't connect with them. 

World Building: 
Cool world, not enough explanation. I want to know more about the technology of the Icarii and the religion of the Geans. I want to know more about the Asters and their society (though this book sets up more). I also want to learn more about those implants, but I assume we'll learn more about this stuff later. One of my complaints is that this felt like a glimpse of the world when it should feel like more of an introduction.

Pacing:
It honestly was disjointed because we cycled through characters. It was always First Sister, Lito, Hiro in cycle and since their stories were so far apart, I would sometimes forget what happened on First Sister's side by the time I finished Hiro's chapter. By the time everything starts to tie together it felt a little too late. This book definitely needed to be in third person but I guess I can understand why it wasn't. This is ultimately a story about taking control and what better way to present that than first person?

Writing itself:
Solid. Nothing to ride home about, it was fun, punchy, and serviceable which is all I ask for in a fast paced science fiction novel

Final thoughts:
This was a book about taking control over one's life and body. It is empowering to see that and to see it happen to men, women, and nonbinary people, because it can happen to anyone. That in itself is such a beautiful message and why I will hold this book so close to my heart. I also love how it criticized colonialism, imperialism, the military, and how people are dehumanized by the powers that be. I think it's very relevant to the problems we have now.

But I cannot give it more than 3.5 stars. I have a lot of hope for this series and this writer. While this book was fine, it didn't wow me. There were so many cool ideas that weren't fleshed out and left me hungry for more so that's a good thing. I will definitely recommend this book for anyone hungry for queer rep because we have a whole cast of queer main characters. 

This story does have themes of rape but none of it is on screen, so all of you who say that you don't like adult fiction because A) shows graphic rape B) isn't diverse enough, this book has you covered.

Strong 3.5 Stars but I'll round down.
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I mean, when you compare a book to both The Handmaid’s Tale (one of my all-time favorite novels) and Red Rising (a sci-fi series I recommend to any sci-fi fan I meet), I immediately have to see if I can get my hands on it. Luckily I was approved for an eARC and away we go.

The comparisons to these two books are obvious from the novel’s description alone: a woman belonging to a religious sect, surgically silenced and forced to obey the whims of soldiers onboard a spacecraft (à la handmaids forced to procreate with military members in Atwood’s post-apocalyptic society) and a story involving elite trained warriors fighting in a war across familiar planets with spacecraft and highly advanced weaponry (à la Golds trained to fight and caught in an interplanetary war in Brown’s Red Rising  saga). This story has the added benefit of featuring well-rounded LGBTQ+ characters: a non heterosexual romance, as well as a non-binary main character.

To start off with, there is a LOT going on in this story. There’s a complex war happening between different planets with differing opinions: the Icarii and the Geans. There is a holy leader called the Mother, who is in charge of all of the Sisters. There is a Warlord (a bit self-explanatory there). There is a science mega-company bent on Making the World a Better Place (not suspicious at all). There are humans used to life in space who have adapted physically to different environments called Asters; they are looked down on similarly by both sides. There is corruption, betrayal, and political alliances abound.

And yet there is a strange lack of battle; we spend the one space battle scene with the First Sister, who is trying to stay away from the action happening elsewhere on the ship. We see our other narrator, Lito, fight hand-to-hand more often. Lito is part of a highly specialized, psychically linked fighting duo, and any battle scenes where the Daggers and Rapiers had to fight in tandem were well-written and tension-filled. I had hope for more epic, sprawling battles, but that is probably set up for future installments.

There were also a lot of heavy-handed messages and themes: bodily autonomy, having a voice (literal and figurative), choosing a side, etc. There were also some tropes I wish I didn’t have to see again, such as <spoiler> the curtain being pulled back on an unjust war, where a main character turns traitor to their side once they realize What’s Really Going On</spoiler>. Overall, it was an action-packed plot with so many twists, most of which I didn’t see coming. The end is a whirlwind and at times the twists felt like too much at once. But I enjoyed the character arcs and the themes from stories that I also loved so much. Very much looking forward to the second book!
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Raising some interesting questions about what it means to have no control, this book is a cannot-stop-until-the-end read.
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I'm always here for books that subvert the religious order theme, especially female-based ones. The First Sister certainly didn't disappoint in that! Nuns in space already had me interested, but reading the developing relationship between one of the Sisters and the spaceship's new captain had my heart so filled with emotions and just wanting them to be happy together forever and ever.  The secondary plot of Lito's search for his former partner, although certainly integral and important, didn't quite grab me as much as First Sister and Saito Ren's. But once the two storylines met at the climax I was wholly invested in everyone and their story. 

The worldbuilding was also really fascinating to me. There's a reason for the history, a connection between this fictional universe and our real one that made it easy to understand where the different factions came from and wanted to go (even if some revelations were harsh). The parallels between the novel and the real world were well done, particularly the animosity between the Asters and Icarii.

This is a very LGBTQ+ friendly story, which I greatly appreciated. Bisexual and non-binary people feature heavily, along with a highly intense platonic (so far?) relationship. Human connection is human connection, and even though there's one instance of what could be called discrimination, it's put down quickly. It's really refreshing to have non-heteronormative people in fiction without their sexuality or identities being used to bring them pain. So many books that feature these people, while sorely important, seem to be more about how they overcome hatred of their identities instead of letting them simply exist within the story. You would think these things wouldn't be an issue in the distant future anyway, so I was very glad to see them just be allowed to BE in The First Sister. 

There was one line towards the beginning that didn't sit right with me, however. In the book, people are able to drastically change their appearance thanks to advanced tech. Lito thinks to himself that Hiro, his non-binary partner of Japanese descent, might have been made by their military to change their skin color to black, which "[Hiro] would hate". I understand being urged to alter your appearance not to your wishes isn't a good thing, but the way that line was delivered continues to bother me.

The First Sister is ultimately a wild ride from start to end with nothing ending up the way I thought it would. I was completely shocked by the climax and desperately need the next book to help give me some closure/hope!
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I requested for this one on Netgalley on a whim because I heard it's like Red Rising meets Handmaid's Tale. The book did started off really good, and the writing in first-person present tense did grab my attention for a while. But after a quarter of the book has passed, I feel like the book loses its steam and there were too much telling instead of showing; I found it difficult to empathize with the characters. Definitely a case of not for me, but I do think that readers who wants to read a story about gender and identity should give it a try for themselves. One of the character is non-binary, the main character is a mute who uses sign language for her dialogues, and I think that's the first time I read a sci-fi like that.
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"First Sister" has been compared by the publisher to "Handmaid’s Tale," "Red Rising," and "Ancillary Justice." The last two are some of my favorite sci-fi ever published, so I could not help but request the ARC. I found similarities with “The Expanse” series, as well, especially in Belter-like Asters.

The novel is set in several hundred years in the future, when humans colonized the inner planets of the Solar System, as well as the asteroid belt (at least to a degree). Somewhere in the process, humanity splintered. Those who live on Earth and Mars call themselves the Gaens. The technologically superior Icarii conquered and colonized Mercury and Venus. Both societies are at a state of war. That's the background.

"First Sister" is a story of three protagonists, neither of which is a primary one, in my opinion. The Gaens are part military dictatorship part theocracy and in this system the First Sister is the title given to the ranking "priestess" aboard a warship. The sisters’ purpose is to provide "comfort" to soldiers, by either listening to their confessions or actual physical sexual acts (thankfully, no graphic descriptions of that). They are also incapable of speech. Their voices are quite literally taken from them.

The other two protagonists are from the other side of the conflict, the Icarii. They're both highly trained soldiers, who were once a working team. Where we pick up in the story, one of them, Hiro, is missing/on assignment. Hiro is also fluid-gendered - props for LGBTQ positivity - and they are only heard from by means of recordings they had made and smuggled to their former military partner, Lito. As a punishment for a failure he had very little responsibility for, Lito is forced to accept a mission to find Hiro and kill them, as Hiro is accused of betraying their mission and turning traitor.

The storylines of the three protagonists slowly converge, some in surprising ways. The overall plot is centered on the Icarii and Gaen conflict around a dwarf planet, Ceres, but at its core "First Sister" is about finding one's voice and choosing one's loyalty. The three protagonists of the novel lack agency over their own bodies, and in a larger sense, autonomy about their own lives - and over the course of the story they slowly take back control. 

The world of "First Sister" is chock-full of autocratic hierarchies, toxic military, human experimentation, class and minority oppression (in Asters). To be honest with you, I found it almost too eerily similar to Brown's "Red Rising" series, and I definitely take it as a detriment (down to such small details like the fluid mercurial weapons the Icarii are using - razors, anyone?). Those who found Pierce Brown's writing too brutal and bloody (truly to an awful degree), however, might find "First Sister" to be a good alternative as the depiction of the horrors is definitely not in the least degree as graphic or harrowing as the "Red Rising" series is. 

One of the main detractors for the novel is how the ongoing conflict between the Gaen and the Icarii doesn't really make sense taking into consideration the Icarii's vastly superior technology and biotech. I also found to be dissatisfied with the information given to us on the religion of the Goddess, how it came to be, how it became such a fundamental part of the Gaen society, and how it works alongside the military dictatorship. That entire aspect of the world-building needed to be fleshed out a lot more.

Other than those small complaints, I found "First Sister" an interesting read, and I am looking forward to another installment in the series.
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eARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

I'm a little sad to be writing this review. Up until the last 15-20% of the book, this was a 4.5 star if I were to be nitpicky, but a 5 star out of my love for the story. And then the ending happened and I'm forced to drop my rating to a 3.5.

Quickly before I begin the official review: there is mention if self harm  (never shown; and I'm still not 100% if self harm even did happen/was mentioned), rape (there was almost a rape scene, but the character involved was able to get away before much happened), and it is mentioned that the Sisters are required to perform sexual acts as part of their religion  (against their will). This is never shown in the story and mentioned be ry vaguely.

There is LGBT rep in this as well, so if you really wanna support and LGBT story/author, try this one.

I enjoyed most of the characters. They're raw, well-developed, and interesting. I loved First Sister, even though I feel like she needed a lot more page time. Lito was OK. Not my favorite of the bunch, but I enjoyed his POV. He was morally grey at times, complex, and confused. He struggled through this story, but I don't feel like he got enough development by the end of it to outweigh the amount of problems he had in ignorance and generic-ness.

I loved Ren. She was kind, harsh, and a catalyst in this story. I loved how she wanted to fix everything. I loved her tenderness with First Sister, and the growth their relationship had on both characters.

I wasn't a huge fan of Ofiera even if I thought she was well-written. She wasn't what I expected, but she was a solid character. I do think there were parts of her backstory and even things she did/said in the timeline of the book that needed to be better explained/fleshed out.

I genuinely wasn't a fan of Hiro (an irony, I know). The way they were introduced and shown made them out to be nothing more than bitter and unhappy despite multiple characters, including Hiro, assuring the reader that they actually had a good life in many parts.

I do think the secondary characters were really flat. They had very little personality and purpose other than to drive the main characters along, with the exception of Hemlock and Luce. Those were the most developed of the secondary characters.

I enjoyed the plot, even if I think the ending could have been handled much better. The execution of it wasn't great, but I liked most of the end results.  The ending dragged. There was a lot of exposition suddenly dumped at the end thatg felt unnecessary and clunky. I also wasn't a fan of two of the big reveals because it didn't feel like it added anything to the story other than drama. I wasn't expecting a happy ending from this, but I wanted it more bittersweet. And maybe darker than it was. As it was, the big climactic end of the main characters completing the goal took about 10% of the end of the book because people kept showing up to say why they acted a certain way throughout the story or why they were there or how they fit into the "Grand Plan."  It felt too trite and convenient, which doesn't help when 4/5 of your book has been dark, unpredictable, and fast-paced.

The worldbuilding could use a lot of work. It wasn't great. A lot of the Gean versus Icarii plot doesn't make sense with the Icarii's advanced weapons tech and biotech. The war should have ended already, but for some reason it's still going on. Also the religion of the Goddess needed to be fleshed out A LOT more. The book sets it up that First Sister and her life/faith will be a crucial part of the story, and it was for a time, but as soon as it became convenient for the religion and her way of life to be ignored, it was. I wanted more of that because the social inequality was fascinating. There was so much to unpack with the religion and the duties of the Sisters, and it barely gets mentioned past that you know they're some sort of nun-like figure who have to take confession, and part of their "duties" is to basically be sex slaves to anyone wherever they're stationed. It's awful and disgusting and despite First sSster hating her life and what she has to do, there's no sense that she wants to fight that regime. There's no explanation given as to why the religion exists or why the Sisters are required to be "holy" prostitutes.

A nitpicky thing: but the word "fuck" was so over used in this. It felt like the author wanted the tension to be ramped up all the time, so all the characters ever said when they were in distress was "fuck." Please find a synonym or make your own sci fi cusswords. Makes it more believable that there is tension.

And I guess that's my biggest complaint about the ending: there's no tension. I never for one moment felt like any of the characters were in danger, while throughout the whole book I had been feeling anyone could die at any moment. Where did that go in the end??

I really loved this book. I really wanted to like the ending, but I find myself with a bad taste in myself, feeling let down because it was missing what the entire rest of the book had. That being said, if I can get my hands on the sequel at some point, I'll read it. I love these characters too much to let them go yet.
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I'm glad that so many other reviewers really enjoyed this book, I can see why people would really dig it. However, it just didn't resonate with me in the way I was hoping for based on the blurb comparisons to Leckie and Atwood. Told from three POVs, this book suffered from a lot of tell, not show. The characters felt samey and unbelievable given the setting, with inconsistent internal monologues. The stilted inclusion of Spanish felt very forced, as it was immediately followed by an English translation in every instance. Who thinks to themselves in that way? The book seemed afraid to not hold our hands. Trust that people can read "te amo" without putting your book down or needing an explanation!
The world-building was interesting and fairly fleshed out, but the dialogue didn't work for me, and there was a clumsy parable vibe that I didn't enjoy. Thematically, this book sounded like it would've been a better fit for me than it was, and I'm not discounting future works by Lewis. It just didn't have the depth I was hoping for. Maybe their next novel will.
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First the cover is just so wonderful and eye catching. It does not fall to recent barrage of a model in tight clothes holding a weapon. Every character seemed real and not just exist to teach you a lesson. This book is a story about broken people trying to figure out which side they are on in a world devastated by war. This is not for the feint of heart. This book is great for those who love portions dedicated to describing the world and society of the book like Raksura Chronicles.  The story details the lack of autonomy for the three leading chracters. The female lead has literally no voice and is basically a pleasure doll for soldiers. Lito sol Lucius being forced to kill his love who is the third protagonist. Their portion is of the story is told through recordings and is the most introspective. Great read.
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Intriguing book. An author I just discover with this one. I enjoy the writing and the story. Something interesting might be worth your time.
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*shoves face into pillow*
*muffled screaming*
I gotta take a minute because whew that was... Amazing. Draining, because fuuuuUUUCK, but amazing.

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

The First Sister was gripping, chilling and immediately engaging from the very start.
All three protagonists have their own exciting plotlines that are entirely different in mood and character arc, yet all equally compelling. I loved them individually, but slowly realizing how their plots converge, seeing threads that seemed entirely separate merge and combine was amazing. It was masterfully done and a pleasure to read.

The titular First Sister is the first of the three protagonists. Despite not having a voice, she is not at all passive or forgettable. Her plot and personal character arc isn't centered around her having no autonomy to speak of due to the religious position she was sold into as a child, though it obviously affects her position and how she is viewed. Instead it focusses on what she can do despite it all, and her hopes and dreams and what it means for her to have the chance to articulate and follow them after she meets Saito Ren, the new captain of the ship she serves on.

Lito sol Lucius is the second protagonist, an elite soldier punished for a failure he had no part in.
His punishment is a mission that turned his former parter Hiro a traitor, as well as finding Hiro and killing them. Lito's path is litered with impossible decisions, fast-paced action and stomach twisting discoveries.

The third protagonist is Hiro val Akira, former elite soldier turned traitor and child of one of the most powerful men in the universe. Their chapters are told as recordings they sent to Lito, and they are a lot more personal and introspective, focussing on their shared past with Lito, their dysfunctional family and a lot of reflection on their mission for peace.

I loved the world-building and setting as much as I loved the protagonists. It creates a future after humanity expanded beyond earth, and after multiple wars has split into the religious Geans, inhabiting Earth and Mars, and the technologically advanced Icarii who live on Mercury and Venus. There are also the Synthetics, AIs who rebelled against their creators and vanished into the depth of space, and the Aster, an oppressed people that after genetic manipulation have become a human subspecies. Plot wise it's centered on Icarii and Gean conflict around a dwarf planet, as well as several major key players in the fight around it, but it ends up extending so much farther and in a very different direction than expected in the end.

It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Even aside the violence of war, pretty much every single character lacks autonomy about their own life, particularly their own body, be it they be forced into prostitution, muted, given unconsensual plastic surgery or invasive neural implants to make them controllable. There's toxic hierachic dynamics, human experimentation and oppression, and untreated mental illness.
The latter is my only complain about the book. Neural degradation, something that can occur as side effect of the neural implant and is mentioned as serious and something that must be treated immediately, yet is pretty much brushed off in multiple instances without really being addressed.

I liked the nonbinary representation through Hiro. They were an amazing character. However, I was extremely uncomfortable by some of the things Hiro was made to do, though that ties in with them being denied agency over their own body - which is something that all protagonists struggle with. They were not singled out due to their gender, and I wouldn't say that it's a story of queer suffering. Not when all characters (most of whom are queer, actually) are suffering.

Speaking of representation, I liked that it was not a western-centric view of human future. The most spoken languages in the galaxy are Chinese, English and Spanish. While First Sister is a white orphan, Lito has Italian and Spanish ancestors, Hiro and Saito Ren have Japanese ones, and they frequently speak the languages they were raised talking.

While the official blurb mentions falling in love The First Sister very much is not a romance. Please don't go in expecting one - you will be disappointed. Relationships are very much important to the plot, but romantic love and a couple's HEA are not a focus whatsoever. The relationships I liked best were Hiro and Liro's as a partnered soldier pair and close friends, and First Sister and Ringer, who is her only friend who she can turn to for comfort (though, hooo boyyyy, let me tell you, their dynamic did NOT go in the direction I thought it would.) Found family as such is a theme too, though the plot is more in the foreground.

The ending is satisfactory, but leaves a lot of space for a sequel, and I for one will be crossing my fingers very energetically for one!
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Thank you for an advanced reading copy! I’m a tough rater so a 2 really means it was ok, and if I’m not interested in a book I have no qualms and not finishing. I did finish this but probably won’t continue - too many wonderful books. I just couldn’t get engrossed., found it a big predictable and the characters lacked depth. Lots of tell whereas I prefer show. 
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I absolutely loved this book. The characters quickly grabbed me and forced me to hear their story. The story kept me spellbound. Can’t wait until the next book comes out so I can find out more.
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A Difficult Book To Understand

Three Distinct characters, each telling their version of the story in first person, made it difficult for me to ‘get into’ the flow of this book.                                                               I would read a chapter from the viewpoint of The First Sister, then begin the next chapter without realizing it was now Lito’s or someone else’s story being told.  Thoroughly confused after reading a bit, I had to return to the beginning of the chapter to get into the mind of a different character.  The entire book is written this way, and I found it unsatisfying.  There was just no flow to the story, just a bunch of disassociated chapters.  I normally enjoy first-person narratives, but without anything to suggest the identity of the character until well into the chapter it was just a jumble of disassociated thoughts.

I imagine those with a more practiced literary mind may well enjoy this novel, I do not recommend it for the casual reader.

Thank you NetGalley, Gallery Books, and Skybound Books for a free advanced copy of The First Sister in return for an honest review.
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Such an interesting and captivating story. Loved all the elements that brought this story together. Not for the faint of heart or the impatient. A story so complicate, yet well woven together on the surface, that it manages to capture the reader, bring them into it's world from start to finish and "wow " you.
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A thrilling SFF ride that has a little bit for everyone. compared to Pierce Brown's Red Rising series and Atwoods Handmaids Tale, this is going to go down as a classic and i am a fan
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My copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review it.

This book is awesome. From the stunning cover, that reaches out and grabs you, to an intriguing cast of characters, who are so well written that even as they are unfolding you feel like you already know them, to a world that has evolved from ours into one that is very different but still has so many similarities, this is truly an epic story. With lightening fast pacing and twists you will never see coming, this is a book you cannot put down. I can’t wait to read more of this exciting story.
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This book has a lot going for it including interesting characters and great world building. The storyline is slow moving and a bit confusing at the beginning of this book, but I got caught up in the story pretty quickly. Unfortunately, I found some of the dialogue to be stilted and unbelievable. I also had difficulty liking some of the main characters because they never seemed real to me. It is certainly possible that these issues will be corrected in the next books in this trilogy, I liked a lot about this first book.
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