Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice

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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
Publisher: New York : Orbit, c2013
ISBN: 9780316246620
Branch Call Number: SF LEC
Characteristics: 409 p. ;,21 cm

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aimiller
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!

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ScorchingSun
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.

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ApollosRaven
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.

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FranBee
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!

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yonah9
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.

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laurakramer22
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.

CRRL_MaryBuck May 28, 2016

A gripping tale of vengeance, culture-shock, and what makes someone human.

Rbrightone Aug 17, 2015

This book was very strange but well worth it. It messes with gender and identity and there were times when I was very confused about who was talking or what was talking but once I started wrapping my head around the use of confusing pronouns I found it a very very interesting book. Its an interesting story and if you are looking for something a little different I would check it out.

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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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