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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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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.

May 14, 2014
  • JAC_E rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Amazing set up, beautiful execution and a story that seems timeless. With a character that is thousands of years old and still very much new to the world she is inhabiting, the story felt refreshing and comforting. I loved the characters, and the way the language was carefully constructed. I'm excited to read other books in this series and by this author!

Apr 29, 2014
  • sybilance rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous book! I loved the way it played with the reader's perceptions of people by playing with gender, I loved the motivations of the main character, and I loved that there wasn't a love interest (I get so tired of boy meets girl, yadda yadda yadda). I'm so glad I decided to read the Hugo Nominees this year!

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.

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