Solitaire

Solitaire Convicted of a crime she did not commit former Hope child Jackal serves a terrible solitary imprisonment sentence and is eventually abandoned in a strange country where other people like herself help

  • Title: Solitaire
  • Author: Kelley Eskridge
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Convicted of a crime she did not commit, former Hope child Jackal serves a terrible solitary imprisonment sentence and is eventually abandoned in a strange country where other people like herself help her learn the truth about her imprisonment Reprint 15,000 first printing.

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    1. At times, Solitaire is a fascinating read! Sadly, at other times, reading this book is about as exciting aswellaying a game of solitaire!In the not-too-distant future, world peace has finally been achieved. As a symbol of this new era, all children born on the first second of the first attempt to unify the world have been designated "Hopes". Now the Hopes are entering adulthood, ready to take their place as figureheads for the global administration. The Hope of the world's only recognized corpor [...]

    2. I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. As a fan of futuristic/sci-fi type books, and always looking for something different to read, this book caught my attention. Also, as a big fan of Nicola Griffith, reading a book written by her wife, also appealed to me.I would say this book really has 3 parts. Part one, is of Jackal as the "Hope" of the newer world government. A role she has been training for her whole life. Part two, is after she becomes a "murderer" and is sentenced to a vir [...]

    3. I like when a book leaves me altered and this one did. Wonderful. It was not without flaws. I thought the whole elevator bit was contrived, but in the end, I loved the characters so much, cared so much, worried so much for Jackel and Snow, that I forgive it any sins. I even started over again, with the intention of trying to better grasp the world, but didn't really care if all those pieces fit together neatly or not. I love stores that mess with the mind and time, and this does both very well. [...]

    4. This sat on my shelf for awhile, and I'm so glad I got to it. Eskridge writes about identity and place in a near-future society and ties in the movement of governments and companies on a larger stage without resorting to the usual conspiracy theories and post-Matrix references. The book has a strong sense of compassion that got under my skin and made me think about what I was reading. In fact, I've since realized that I have, once again, fallen into the rut of reading mostly male authors. Since [...]

    5. I picked up this book in a bargain bin because it looked interesting. Beginning to read it, I thought, "wow, stylistically, this book reminds me A LOT of Nicola Griffith" (an author I particularly like). Next time I picked it up, I noticed the dedication: "to Nicola, my sunshine." I looked it up and yep, Kelley Eskridge is Nicola Griffith's partner; they met at a Clarion workshop. Whether or not proximity has influence on style, this is an amazing book.Ren Segura, a young woman who calls herself [...]

    6. i think i made this book way more interesting for myself by skipping the synopsis on the back cover, which like most SF books totally gives the "what-if?" hook away. i had no idea what was going to happen in act II, and when it arrived i was shocked and impressed. so i guess if you haven't read the synopsis yetn't!i liked it for being a pretty unique coming-of-age story and character study. it was nice, in a SF book, to see a female protagonist in this role - especially one who isn't a hacker. i [...]

    7. The world building in this book is some of the best I've ever read. So many details that show what this world is about, and who the characters are. Many lovely descriptions, too.I also love the characters. Jackal is a character worth rooting for. At twenty-two, she is still so young, and has spent most of her life studying and working harder than most people twice her age. She is a Hope, a person born at the right time to symbolize the future. Her whole life changes when she is accused of an act [...]

    8. Amazing story of self-discovery. Light, near-future, believable sci-fi. Meaningful, important issues addressed without being heavy-handed. Definitely a page-turner - I gave up some sleep to keep going in this one.

    9. I guard my sleep time determinedly. I understand I need 7-8 hours each night in order to function well and maintain my health. While I always read in bed for a couple of minutes before I turn out the light, I usually have a strict time limit for doing so. With "Solitaire" I threw my personal reading rules out the window. I read at stoplights, during work breaks, at my desk during lunch and LONG past my "lights out" deadline in bed.Ren/Jackal was innocent, convicted, sentenced (to hell I might ad [...]

    10. Solitaire by Kelly Eskridge was, in my opinion and okay novel with a great concept.The concept was really interesting, really very interesting. I don't know how this happened with a book set in the future, in a new world order, regarding virtual confinement, but it was boring. I don't know how you make mass manslaughter boring, but, it was. The first part of the book is basically about this new world order, and the main character, Jackal's role in it. She is a main political player by birthright [...]

    11. This seems almost like a young adult novel. I wanted some more time with Jackal's solitary confinement, since it's the crux of the book, but it lasts only 30 pages. As much as I don't care for the sequel, this almost should have one, if only to explore the world Jackal is in when she's released from prison; all the other "solos" and how they've been affected by their sentences.

    12. sci-fi. i read this sometime last summer and it took me this long to recall title/author. dark-ish but i really am curious about her further adventures. i'm a sucker for the look and feel of future civilizations.

    13. Oh man, this is a weird book to review because I'm only about 75% sure I fully understood what was happening in only about 25% of it?? It's written in a way that alternately feels very beautiful and very dense in a future that's never quite fully explained, and so much of it feels so foreign in ways that are alternately deliberately and, I think, unintentionally alienating. It was hard to get fully into it until The Thing happened because I barely understood what was going on, and then it was ha [...]

    14. Ren "Jackal" Segura is the Hope of Ko, and honestly I'm still not sure what that exactly means, but what I gathered is that Jackal has been set apart from birth and has been provided a sort of celebrity status, special training, and special treatment. Expectations are grand and it's stressful for her, but she's up for the challenge. She wants to do well--for her and for Ko. And then everything goes to hell She's convicted of a crime she didn't commit, and in her conviction, she's stripped of her [...]

    15. There's literally nothing about this book that I don't love. From the incredible, memorable central character of Ren "Jackal" Segura, falsely imprisoned due to an accident with her "web" (a group of affiliated coworkers/peers/friends) and some politicians, to her girlfriend and support system Snow, from the enigmatic aw-shucks charm of Sully (an ex-con who helps Jackal get back on her feet) to the alluring and terrifying Estar -- hell, even the short-lived tragic romantic Tiger gets his moment t [...]

    16. Kelly Eskridge’s Solitaire is mind-bending, fun, emotionally charged read, owing to its multifaceted story, dynamic characters and exotic settings.I recently read this lovely 2002 piece of science fiction and lesbian literature with a fervor. The plot actually consists of three very disparate lives that the protagonist, Jackal Segura, traverses. In the first third, Jackal is coming into her own as a representative to the world government in early 20s (known as a “Hope”) and solidifying her [...]

    17. Solitaire - Kelley Eskridge I picked this up, as was the case with Archivist Wasp, as part of the recent Humble Bundle sale on books from one particular publisher - Solitaire had been on my TBR list for a while but I'd never got around to actually getting my hands on a copy before! I have to say, I'm massively conflicted about this book, hence the 3-star rating. On the one hand, there's all sorts of things I like about it (mostly the overall world-building and the sense of the main character at [...]

    18. I love it and I hated it. The best part of the book is the main character's time in solitaire because she is forced to face her demons and comes out stronger for it. I wish that we all could face our demons, but definitely not the way she is forced to. The story is well written, fast paced and full of great quotes. What I didn't like (view spoiler)[ was that Jackal never defends herself. She accepts that even if she accidentially killed everyone in Mirabile she still killed them and therefore de [...]

    19. What happens when you isolate a human being from any contact with others for a number of years? What kind of deep scars will this leave on his or her psyche? How can she or he hope to ever live a normal life again?These are some of the questions posed by the touching novel Solitaire, but don't think it's a grim, depressing story. At its heart is an emotional, uplifting story of inner strength and, dare I say it, love. It's cerebral SF of a breed rarely seen nowadays, and it's an amazing debut by [...]

    20. Her whole life, Ren "Jackal" Segura has been trained by Ko, the world's first corporate nation state, to be part of an elite group which will take on powerful positions with the world government. But when she is embroiled in legal trouble, the corporation abandons her to an eight-year sentence in virtual reality solitary confinement. The book's futuristic settings are realistic, the characters are intelligent and vibrant, and Eskridge writes an engrossing story. Unfortunately, the book falters w [...]

    21. Stories generally chart the progress of a character through some form of change. What prevents or causes this change is what drives the action in a story, but what keeps people reading is curiosity about change. Solitaire is a book in which the main character starts off as a woman who has everything given to her (though, to her credit, she works very hard to live up to what she has) and ends the book a woman who has everything, quite conveniently, given to her. The first portion of the book, Jac [...]

    22. Product Description from “Ren "Jackal" Segura is a Hope -- a special child, a powerful symbol of a new world government destined for greatness. But two months before she is to assume the role she has been preparing for her entire life, Jackal discovers that everything she believes, everything she is, is a lie. Convicted of a terrible crime, she agrees to participate in a "rehabilitation" experiment: While her body lies comatose for eight months, a computer will convince her mind that she is sp [...]

    23. (crossposted to librarything)The premises of a unified Earth government, along with corporations-as-individual-nations, have both been brought up quite a few times in the scifi genre as of late. The betrayal of the corporation with its sacrificial lamb. The horror of losing one's very self. But very few books with these premises actually delve into what it feels like to feel the self dissolving, along with what happens afterward.I don't know how Eskridge did it, but she did it. I was racing to c [...]

    24. Wow. This book was something. I'm not even entirely certain how to describe it. Part love story, part coming-of-age story, part prison story, part dystopian futurism It's all over the place with its ideas, and yet, somehow, the whole thing works brilliantly. The opening and ending of the book are a bit slow and tidy, which really makes for some churning and occasionally trying reading. But things really take off in the middle section (which, as you can guess, is where the name Solitaire comes in [...]

    25. This was a good book if a little disappointing in the end. Firstly, I thought it was written really well. It didn't annoy me, which is good because I will drop a book if the text pisses me off.Next, the characters were interesting and three-dimensional. Their personalities and emotions seemed very real-to-life and authentic, which I know is difficult to craft.Also, I thought the plot was pretty good. It was kind of confusing in the first third though. Stuff seemed out of order to me. And there w [...]

    26. I won Solitaire from ' First Reads, and honestly it's a great example of why I love entering First Reads drawings.The premise of the story is pretty much as unique as it gets. The characters are well drawn and believable, and I stayed interested all the way to the end. While it does take more than that to make a book really stellar, hitting all these marks makes one very good in my book. Taken as a whole, I cannot dislike this book.On the other hand, I did have a few issues. The synopsis gave me [...]

    27. Love it. I feel like I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I read it in college. I would read anything Eskridge wrote. I wish I could read a million books like this one. I want to read one she recommended on Twitter--Magonia. I like a lot of the characters. Probably Neill was my favorite--her advisor who knew how to handle everyone and get them to function as a team. I like Snow a lot. She is so beautiful. I like Jackal's web. Chao, with her womb chair. Crichton with her different con [...]

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