Provenance

Provenance

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An ambitious young woman has just one chance to secure her future and reclaim her family's priceless lost artifacts in this stand-alone novel set in the world of Ann Leckie's groundbreaking, NYT bestselling Imperial Radch trilogy, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Though she knows her brother holds her mother's favor, Ingrid is determined to at least be considered as heir to the family name. She hatches an audacious plan -- free a thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned, and use them to help steal back a priceless artifact.

But Ingray and her charge return to her home to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future and her world, before they are lost to her for good.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, c2017
ISBN: 9780316388672
Branch Call Number: SF LEC
Characteristics: 439 p. ;,25 cm

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heumann
Apr 14, 2020

Recommended by Dave Archer as an interesting way to handle gender.

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Eosos
Dec 24, 2019

It took about 120 pages before I was really interested in the story. I thought the set up was long and boring but the rest of the book was good. Not even close to as good as the Ancillary series for me though.

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N13m4nd
Nov 25, 2019

Following on Leckie’s highly-regarded Ancillary Justice trilogy, this is a separate novel set in the same science fiction universe. The story is more focused and a lighter read than Ancillary, and, I feel, a more entertaining bit of fiction. Leckie invents some new pronouns for additional genders, which is a not-uncommon aspect of science fiction, but unfortunately nothing in the book explains the meaning of the terms, creating some confusion about which character is being referred to at times. It also seemed to me that the pronouns were not being used consistently, but that could simply be because I didn’t know what they meant in the first place. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and came to like the imperfect heroine, who begins the novel by creating quite a mess for herself and then slowly works her way out of it, gaining allies along the way.

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ApollosRaven
Aug 28, 2018

Set in the same universe although lighter in tone than Leckie's magnificant 'Imperial Radch' trilogy, A very very good read.

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athena14
May 30, 2018

Very large type for a non-large-type book. Did Leckie's publisher insist on a 400+ page book?

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JDillon
Feb 19, 2018

If you've read the Ancillary novels, you'll know there's a tension in Ann Leckie's novels between the high-tech, sci-fi elements and the very non-techy elements of human culture, like dress codes and social habits like drinking tea. Provenance blends those tensions together in a different way from the civil-war setting of the prior novels; space travel is casual, but not cheap; the main character alternates between fussing with her skirts and hairpins and using her (undefined) implant to send messages and look up information; and her culture is obsessed with physical mementos of the past and famous personages. It's a nice counterpoint to post-scarcity sci-fi settings where human culture is either entirely cynical or entirely hidden.

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GummiGirl
Jan 04, 2018

Confusing at times, but with an appealing heroine and enough action to hold my interest.

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stefhollmichel
Nov 06, 2017

I was worried after the amazing Ancillary Justice series that this would disappoint. It gets off to a bit of a rough start but quickly gathers speed and ends as a satisfying and fun read. Mystery, political intrigue, and culture clashes make for an enjoyable read.

KateHillier Oct 23, 2017

And here we have a space comedy of manners written by the author of the Ancillary Justice trilogy. There's a lot riding on prior understanding of the universe in this series but the characters are new and separate from the trilogy. You also have another set of customs to get through, which is fascinating. The entire book is really about establishing oneself through merit, documentation, or other means. I also really like our main character, Ingray - who is doing her best job in a rather potentially spectacularly disastrous fashion to stand out to her foster mother in a play to be named her heir. Or at least be considered as threat to her foster brother's likely ascendancy.

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