Beautiful language, pretty cool dystopia, loads of cognitive estrangement, disappointing ending - full review to come!
I'm getting ready to teach a Survey of Science Fiction Course in the Fall. Gotta start at the beginning. Did you know Melville wrote SF? Maybe you didn't because it's so stilted as to be unreadable: "In the south of Europe, nigh a once frescoed capital, now with dank mould cankering its bloom, central in a plain, stands what, at distance, seems the black mossed stump of some immeasurable pine, fallen, in forgotten days, with Anak and the Titan."
Afro-Future Females! Due to the fact that my knowledge of SF is confined almost entirely to dead white guys.