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Ancillary Justice

Leckie, Ann (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ancillary Justice


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From Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated debut author, Ann Leckie, comes Ancillary Justice, a stunning space opera that asks what it means to be human in a universe guided by artificial intelligence. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren --a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.
Authors: Leckie, Ann
Title: Ancillary justice
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 409 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Local Note: 1 15 29 33 53 56 74 76 112 118 133 172 173 193 242 243
ISBN: 9780316246620
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Report This Feb 06, 2014
  • dscrimshaw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I completely enjoyed Ancillary Justice and am looking forward to more from Ann Leckie. For anyone who studies gender in science fiction, I’d consider it a must-read. I found it also to be an engaging story and I liked her thoughts on how artificial and distributed intelligence might work. I want to know what will happen in the next book, but this was a self-contained novel. It’s not like we’re going to be waiting years to find out if someone is actually dead or not.

Report This Jan 15, 2014
  • Aziraphale rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting book. The author took two rather interesting literary steps here. 1. One character simultaneously existing in multiple bodies. This lets the first person narrative range over severals events that happen at the same time at different locations. 2. Gender neutral references within the main culture of the book mean that it takes a while to figure out who is male and who is female. What followed (for me, at least) was the realization that it didn't really matter what their genders were, as would be the case in a true gender neutral society. It did get confusing at times, though. The book can ramble a little bit and switches back and forth between past and present a fair amount. It took a while before I could finally keep track of the main plotline and how everything fit together. So I'll mark off a star for that. Otherwise, I thought this was a good read, and well worth the time I spent on it.

Report This Dec 22, 2013
  • ladyoflorien rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a book! Honored Breq aka One Esk aka Justice of Toren is a beautifully complex character and unique with a human body and the mind of an AI. A complex, fascinating, and superior science fiction novel that should be a must read on everyone's list.

Report This Nov 17, 2013
  • 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.

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