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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, Bk 1)
Ancillary Justice - Imperial Radch, Bk 1
Author: Ann Leckie
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 conqu...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780356502403
ISBN-10: 0356502406
Publication Date: 10/1/2013
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4 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Orbit
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 29
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I'm familiar with Ann Leckie due to her work on the Podcast "Escape Pod", where she's been an editor for quite a long while. So I was excited when this book popped up on numerous "looks good" lists, and strove to pick up a copy.

This was a fascinating book. It's got new ideas in abundance (at any rate, new ideas *to me*), and is extremely well written. The protagonist here is (one of) a large number of AI-in-a-human-body workhorses that are all part of larger AI that runs a starship. Oh, and they all share the same consciousness. It's a brainship, sort of, it's emotional computers, sort of, and it's got oodles of answers to the question, "How do you write a first-person story when your narrator is everywhere?"

It's also got an evil society at war with itself, sort of. It's got gender non-obviousness, sort of. It's got all this juxtaposed, subtly, with other cultures which we might consider more "normal".

This is a fantastic piece of work. And this is a debut novel.

Why did I not give it five stars? I think it's because I tend to give 5 stars to books with strong characterization where I think I could be (or at least wish to be) the narrator. And that's not true here, so I didn't react as strongly as I would to other five star books.

4.5 of 5 stars.
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