An inventive, brilliant retelling of the story of Joan of Arc by bestselling author Lydia Yuknavitch (The Small Backs of Children). In her first foray into sci-fi, Yuknavitch sets her novel in a near-future dystopia, where most of the remaining humans have fled a radioactive, violent world to live on CIEL, a platform hovering above the earth and sucking the remainder of its resources. Joan is a child warrior still trying to save a ravaged world and free it from the grip of a despot. Christine Pizan (whose namesake wrote a tribute to the real Joan during her lifetime) is one of the elite, sexless survivors on CIEL who burns the rebel's story into her flesh. This novel balks categories; it is an ambitious, smart, literary, fantastical genre-and-gender bender that moves through time and space. A lot to talk about!
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