Sisters of the Vast Black

Sisters of the Vast Black

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.

Title:Sisters of the Vast Black
ISBN:9781250260260
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    "We should go because I would want someone to come for us. We're all just scattered, lonely specks out here, unless we try to be more. We shouldn't be brutal just because the universe is."The sisters ...

  • Cheyanne

    Nuns in space! this manages to pack a good amount of backstory & has a very likable cast of characters. I feel like I could keep reading in this universe, either before or after the events of the stor...

  • Ernest

    Nuns...in...spaaaaaaaaaace. Sorry about that, but it had to be said. Now that I've got that out of my system, don't let the idea put you off. Lina Rather's novella about a ship of nuns doing good wor...

  • Lauren

    This was a really interesting read! The representation of a religious institution and how it can be commandeered by government was really fascinating. I loved the living ship concept and liked how the...

  • Tammy

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Nuns on a galactic mission ...

  • Marzie

    Speculative short and flash fiction author Lina Rather's Sisters of the Vast Black is a novella about nuns, from the Order of St Rita (patron of lost and impossible causes, illness, wounds, abuse, an...

  • Diana Green

    Wow! I had no idea this novella would be so good. The concept sounded intriguing, but I didn't anticipate brilliant world-building, masterful plotting, and a beautifully developed ensemble cast. What ...

  • sofia (sam willows)

    not a bad book but definitely not for me...

  • Lizy

    Note: I received this as a free ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.Sisters of the Vast Black has space nuns, deadly plagues, dementia and romance, and, oh yeah, living spaceships ...

  • Jordan Shiveley

    Sisters of the Vast Black is a spinning jewel in the dark expanse of spec fic. It doesn’t however rely on trying to blow your hair back with pyrotechnics and lasers on every page.Instead it gives yo...