Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice

Book - 2013
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The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy.
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.

In the Ancillary world: 1. Ancillary Justice 2. Ancillary Sword 3. Ancillary Mercy
For more from Ann Leckie, check out: Provenance
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316246620
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Leckie Ann 09/2013
Characteristics: 409 pages ;,22 cm


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JCLAmyF Jun 27, 2016

(If you haven't read this one first, start here)

JCLAmyF Dec 23, 2014

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!

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Dec 30, 2017

Brilliant book! It takes a lot of energy to read (you really are dropped into this world with characters unlike anything you've ever read before), but it's totally worth it.

BostonPL_LauraB Nov 29, 2017

I went in being pretty excited for this despite not reading much SF, and most of that was because it was supposed to be kind-of unique and also an award-winner. But what it was, was mostly very confusing for me. I do not have the mind for specific types of SF, and this was one of those. Weirdly though, I actually read the book decently fast, I just don't think I was absorbing much. So I'll just say that this wasn't my cup of tea, but others may like it.

Jul 09, 2017

I want to say that me not giving it a full five stars has a lot to do with the fact that my reading of the book was sort of unfortunately chopped up because of library return policies (which is my fault, not the library's!) But this book was such a rich world that I'm excited to explore more; I really felt immersed in it, and think Leckie did an amazing job conveying this experience that is in a lot of ways totally alien. I also think that the plot is so incredibly- how to articulate this. I really think that what she's set up is incredible because it's so not easy, and especially for Breq, there are things that are just out of her power even as much as they frustrated me. It's a sort of main character/hero that's unlike anything else I've encountered before, and it really challenged me as a reader in my reactions and understandings of the character, and how I felt about those actions over the course of the book. So, so impressed with that part of the storytelling, honestly.

I also wanna address the gender issue bc I think that was the reason I read this book in the first place (in addition to it being recommended to me by about 10,000 people): this book challenged my sense of gender so, so well; I was constantly reminding myself that despite the pronouns, I shouldn't be assuming the gender of the characters, and then doublechecking that assumption and going "no it's just that gender is fake" and that was really challenging but also exhilarating and exciting as a reader??? So like MORE OF THIS IN ALL GENRES OF FICTION PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Overall I really really did like this book, and I am looking forward to more of this world and all of its intrigues!

Apr 21, 2017

At page 60.
All the gibberish names and foggy relationships of characters, places and historical events have gone in one ear and out the other, so to speak.
If you can flail your arms through the literary cobwebs to find the wonderful nuggets that other reviewers have raved about, then good luck to you.

Jan 12, 2017

An extraordinary achievement. Can't wait to read the sequels.

AL_BRIDGET Jan 11, 2017

I know I'm late to the party, but I really enjoyed reading this. All the good things other people have said? They aren't wrong. It's twisty and weird and super satisfying with great characters. If you're in the mood for sci-fi that will keep you turning pages and staying up way past your bedtime, get your hands on this series.

Nov 09, 2016

I read two of the three books in this series prior to meeting the author at the 2015 Carondelet Library Author's Breakfast. Not only are they a good read (I'm drawn to books where the characters actively work towards a just world) they're revealingly feminist in a captivating and provocative way. I highly recommend the series!

Oct 23, 2016

I really loved this book. It has a very innovative concept I haven't seen explored before and the author avoids falling into common cliches. The characters are well-developed and the plot is interesting and unpredictable. I appreciated how Leckie explained the actions and viewpoints of the major players but doesn't excuse them. This book is very well-written and I recommend it.

Aug 26, 2016

This book is well written but a bit confusing with all of the invented, outer-space language. There were so many planets and cultures and people to keep straight, it got overwhelming at times, especially in the first half of the book. It really is a "space opera;" it's a dramatic plot but sometimes you just don't understand what's really going on.

KateHillier Jul 04, 2016

I actually tried this once before and didn't have the patience to get more than a few pages into it. Then I read up on it a bit more, went away for a weekend, and made sure I had the patience for it. This is a book that doesn't spoonfeed you. You're dropped into this world, with this character who is unlike any character I've ever seen in Sci-Fi. I mean, yes, there is AI in scifi but not like this.

The pronoun "she" takes some getting used to, especially considering once you find out that certain characters are in fact male and Breq continues to refer to them as she (the language she's using doesn't recognize gender and the default pronoun happens to be equivalent to she). But you get used to it and really I found myself being as indifferent to gender as Breq and the Radchaai themselves are.

It's a slowly unwinding plot, one in the present and one taking place twenty years earlier, and the perspective shifts constantly considering what Breq is. It's a fantastic amount of dedication and imagination and you have to respect that if nothing else. Once I got the rhythm of the world, I devoured this thing. I have the next two books on order. I can totally understand the hype on this one and it is definitely well deserved.

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Jul 11, 2016

"Without feelings insignificant decisions become excruciating attempts to compare endless arrays of inconsequential things. it's just easier to handle those with emotions." p.88


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