Book Title: Sisters of the Vast Black
Book Author: Lina Rather
Series: Book One
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Tom Doherty
Page Count: 150
Date Published: October 2019
The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather’s debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black.
Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own.
When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care—and that of the galactic diaspora—are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself.
It took me a bit to actually get into the novella. The pacing was slow, off in a way, and I would have liked more. There is a sequel out now so I’ll happily be finding that at my library hopefully or purchasing both books. The author wrote nuns in space on board a living ship, a kind of slug? It gave me odd vibes of that old sci-fi tv series, Farscape. But with nuns.
There’s a lot of theology and debate in the first part of the book, but then it spirals into action and usual space plots. The little novella took only an hour to read but already I want to reread it and see if I’ve missed anything. Though I liked it, I don’t know how to review this without massive spoilers. So I’ll leave it here and let you all figure out how good it is. Highly recommend for all sci-fi fans.
Until next time,
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