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
For more from Ann Leckie, check out: Provenance
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013
ISBN: 9780316246620
031624662X
Characteristics: 409 p

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airyen
Feb 24, 2018

Ancillary Justice is a powerful experience to read. One of the most immersive parts is the book’s approach to gender and worldbuilding in general. All Radchaai citizens go by she/her pronouns and gender effectively does not exist (leading to some conundrums when Breq, on other planets, needs to appear non-Radchaai and has to figure out the concept of gender on the fly). As I read and found myself inadvertently gendering characters, this part of the book led to some interesting self-reflection. The worldbuilding around the concept of ancillaries are also fascinating: the Radchaai conquest formerly had an aim of collecting humans in suspended animation to later be ancillary bodies, with implants forced into them that effectively killed them and slaved their bodies to the AIs of ships; however, new reforms in the Radch have banned “manufacture” of ancillaries although ships continue to operate with ancillaries, which they consider parts of themselves and near-impossible to live without. The prose is also very sparse with just enough description to let you imagine a whole world outside the characters—think J.K. Rowling.

Ancillary Justice is highly acclaimed, but the plot itself is not the most compelling independently (the two sequels, Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy, fill in plot holes). I was compelled enough by the concept of ancillaries, Radchaai culture, and Breq’s character to keep reading, but if you can’t immerse yourself, the plot can seem to drag. If you can stick through it, though, the story picks up in the latter half/third and definitely gets better in the later books.

It’s not for everyone, but I definitely liked reading it and couldn’t put it down—I’m still rereading! Something about it struck a chord with me, though I can't put my finger on it. It's immersive and gorgeous, a space opera in every sense.

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tilley200
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.

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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.

ArapahoeBridget 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.

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airyen
Feb 24, 2018

In the empire of the Radch, massive spaceships are powerful sentient AIs that operate armies of ancillaries, known as “corpse soldiers”—formerly human, now with implants that join many ancillaries together as part of their ship’s one mind, serving the Radch in its ever-expanding conquest of planetary system after system. Breq may look human, but she is a rare lone ancillary body from a long-destroyed ship. Thousands of years later, she remains disconnected from the majority of what she once was as the troop carrier Justice of Toren. Ancillary Justice follows two stories of Breq—first the story of how she as Justice of Toren was betrayed and reduced to her single body, then her quest for revenge, interrupted by an encounter with an officer who served on Justice of Toren in the distant past.

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LibraryChicken
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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