The Rounds are humans with the sex organs of both genders Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space, they are now a minority, despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel of Life Aboard Jupiter I, a space station orbiting the gas giant that shares its name, the Rounds have created their own society with a radically different view of gender aThe Rounds are humans with the sex organs of both genders Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space, they are now a minority, despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel of Life Aboard Jupiter I, a space station orbiting the gas giant that shares its name, the Rounds have created their own society with a radically different view of gender and of life itself Security chief Shirosaki keeps the peace between the Rounds and the typically gendered Monaurals, but when a terrorist strike hits the station, the balance of power and tolerance is at riskd an entire people is targeted for genocide Rated None
The Cage of Zeus The Rounds are humans with the sex organs of both genders Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space they are now a minority despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel
I really wanted to like this. I mean, it's very gender and sexuality aware, focusing on issues that I care a lot about. It sounds maybe a bit like The Left Hand of Darkness, in that sense. But the writing -- gah, so much exposition. I don't need six pages worth of explanation of the difference between sexuality and gender, and I'm bored to death by a very basic run-through of bioethics that is less wide-ranging than the first week of my neuroethics course.So I got about a third of the way throug [...]
TL;DR:This book is a dumpster fire.So let's have an author that doesn't understand sex, gender and sexuality write a story that involves ALL of those and fuck it up so spectacularly. Add to that a homophobic soldier in a world where being gay is supposedly OK or something? and wow.So the Rounds are bigender, which shows the lack of understanding about what gender is. They love as male and are loved as female, thus the bigender. Yes women are passive and males are active. You have that pile of mi [...]
If you're in the mood for a philosophical adventure wrapped within a sci-fi story, then The Cage of Zeus is for you. The narrative takes a little while to get going, but once it does, you're hooked. Human society has made it into space as far as Jupiter where a space station lies in orbit. Studying Jupiter and its moons is only part of the mission of the station. The other is to create humans who have functioning male and female sexual organs. Of course, not all of humanity is excited about this [...]
Commander Shirosaki and his security team are about to start a one year tour aboard space station Jupiter I, a research center near Europa that's home to a colony of genetically engineered hermaphrodites known as the Rounds. But two weeks from the Jovian system, he receives disturbing news: intelligence operatives on Mars have uncovered a terrorist plot to exterminate the Rounds. With the terrorists already en route to Jupiter I, Shirosaki's team will have to join forces with Commander Harding a [...]
I found this to be a very interesting book whether you enjoy a science fiction yarn or a great study on gender. I enjoyed both aspects and the author chose a great setting as the backdrop. It's told in third person view and follows and switches between several characters throughout. I like science fiction stories that also raise societal questions and yet make you believe that this is something that could really happen. And then they make you react/question what you would do in that situation yo [...]
One of the most thought-provoking books I've read in years. To its discredit, it's been marketed as some kind of kinetic hard-sci adventure. It's a lot more than that, and uses the emergent framework of a bigender human sub-species to ruminate almost extraordinarily on what it means to be a man, or a woman, or maybe both at the same time. Stunning.
This was a disappointing read for me. All the ingredients were there: Jupiter! Terrorists! Gender theory! Space exploration! And yet May be the translation was lacking, especially for the usage (or lack of usage) of gendered pronouns, but it didn't flow wellThen there's the story. Hooo boy. So we live in a post-gender society where sexual minorities are no longer treated as such, being trans is completely accepted, but the moment that one of the characters is faced with the possibility of a homo [...]
I was curious about this topic although I wasn't curious about the topic--gender. Since many Japanese authors I've read always wrote well-researched sci-fi books with a non-preachy style, I looked forward to reaching to 'The Cage of Zeus'The first 10% sounded promising, but the novel soon scattered into page-long explanations and philosophical blabbering. Mmmmmmm.The story structure was a mess, as were the characterizations. The characters sounded stilted and similar. It was hard keeping the 'or [...]
A very interesting story that explores a sensitive topic in a way that was completely new to me. I enjoyed it for what it was, but most of the characters were pretty flat and Ueda was aggressive with the science-y info dumps - At many points in the book, it would go on for several paragraphs explaining some scientific aspect of the story in quite a dull fashion. I felt that stopped the book from presenting its message as clearly and powerfully as it otherwise might have. It was still very intere [...]
This is an intriguing book. The topic of gender is one that many scifi writers don't go into very much, and this one explores it quite thoroughly. There are a few too many characters to keep track of, and some of the science is flawed, but otherwise it keeps your attention. If you like this book, you should read The Left Hand of Darkness by LeGuin which takes on the same subject but in an entirely different setting.
I have REALLY mixed feelings about this one On the one hand it covers gender diversity very well on the other there are some scenes in this book that I would rather not have read. Further more, the mood of the book changed drastically towards the end. It felt quite abrupt.
This was literally the worst book I have ever read. Filled with gore, and an unfollowable plot, I think that Sayuai Ueda could have done a better job of writing this book. It needs way less gore [come on. I don’t want to hear how their blood splattered on the ground!] Way less random plot changes [wait, why is this character now important? And who on earth are they?] And attachable, relatable characters [oh my gosh! My favourite character is now a big jerk!]. I wonder what possessed me to want [...]
An interesting science fiction novel set during my favorite period - the expansion to the outer planets - but one which disappoints a bit where its main goal is concerned. This book exists to discuss the idea of the "Rounds" - humans genetically engineered to have both male and female sex organs - as well as various other aspects of sexuality beyond the conventionally heterosexual, but aside from a fairly dry lecture toward the beginning, it doesn't do that so much, and we really only get glimps [...]
Where do I even begin with this book? I wanted so badly to like it. I was excited about it for multiple reasons: the author is a Japanese woman, the story is feminist, the story features a third gender, the story takes place on a space station above Jupiter! So many exciting things. But I was disappointed. I enjoyed the story itself, but it got a little preachy at times. The moral debates about the ethics of creating this third gender and what it meant for the rest of humanity were interesting, [...]
It was ok. I dont like books that change to different character perspectives practically every chapter. But i do like the overall setting. Sci-fi is really my thing