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Ancillary Justice

Leckie, Ann

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ancillary Justice
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Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316246620
031624662X
Characteristics: 409 pages ;,21 cm

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Feb 03, 2015
  • modis01 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Convoluted plot at times and difficult to follow. Some masterfully written scenes and unique concepts, but could have used better editing

Feb 01, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Leckie's first novel hit a home run, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards for 2014. The pace may be too slow for some readers, but the sustained internal tension in her protagonist maintains interest in the unfolding events. Leckie's narrator is an artificial intelligence entity that once occupied many bodies and a starship, and is now reduced to one (implant-enhanced) body. Also compelling is the author's playful shifting of gender assignments, and ongoing class-based schisms within the empire's officer corps. The first of a trilogy.

Jan 26, 2015
  • JLMason rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is frequently summarized as a "space opera", which I think does it a disservice: it is not melodramatic, sensationalized, or a simple good vs evil story like Star Wars. It is a challenging read as the gender ambiguity, politics, and richly detailed cultures and etiquettes are not explained; you must pay attention, sometimes leafing back to reread a section, and then put the pieces together. It is a mystery, a quest, and a character study of the protagonist, Breq, who is an altered, previously enslaved human with heightened AI and perceptual abilities. It is "her" story, told in first person. "She" is an ostensibly rational being seeking . . . what? I found the complexity of this imagined universe and the mystery of Breq's motivations delightful to discover.

I listened to an audio version of this book and, though it took me a while to orientate myself and wrap my head around what was going on, by about half way through, I was hooked.
The way Ann Leckie dealt with gender was unfamiliar and also took some getting used to, but soon enough, I felt totally comfortable in her world. I realized that gender didn't actually matter to the story or the relationships.
I'm not sure what my experience would have been, if I was reading, but listening to the story brought it to life in a fascinating and enjoyable way. I'm looking forward to finishing the next part in the series.

Dec 23, 2014
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book has one of the most unique protagonists - an AI with many bodies and a central intelligence. Odd, character-driven, deep and broad world building (but not a focus on the gadgets or weird made up words), and a fast paced plot. All the things I love about sci-fi!

Dec 02, 2014
  • peasworth rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Terrible. Just terrible.

If you love this book, you must already love the series or the author.

No execuse for this one.

Dec 01, 2014
  • Tarantara rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Poorly Written.

Each chapter seems to be one sentence with many, many disjoint and barely-related, parenthetical components.

The author failed to reasonably associate time and location information with plot development.

Seems the science fiction awards have followed the Nobel prizes into the political and commercial wastelands.

Great Book ! It Won 5 Book Awards
That speaks for itself. We can't wait to read the next novel in the series.
Highly Recommended!!!

Sep 14, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Before I commented here, I noticed that this book already had an "awful" rating (one-half a star), and sadly, given the Orbit Books imprimatur, I must concur. Not a well-written book utilizing not an original plot and thesis. A waste of reading time.

Jul 31, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A most unusual pair of love stories. Highly recommended, especially to lesbians.

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