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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch)
Ancillary Justice - Imperial Radch
Author: Ann Leckie
The record-breaking debut novel that won every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Ann Leckie is the first author to win the Arthur C. Clarke, the Nebula and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in the same year. They made me kill thousands, but I only have...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781410475862
ISBN-10: 1410475867
Publication Date: 1/28/2015
Pages: 558
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 35
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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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