Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
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 Justice2. Ancillary Sword3. Ancillary Mercy
An ill-fated encounter has forced Breq, the AI commanding the Radchaai troop carrier Justice of Toren, to take up residence in a single commandeered human body, impressive but mortal and no more powerful than any other person. Now this sorry wanderer searches the galaxy for a legendary weapon that may be able to do the impossible: grant Breq revenge on Anaander Mianaai, the many-bodied, immortal ruler of the brutal Radch. A double-threaded narrative proves seductive, drawing the reader into the na ve but determined protagonist's efforts to transform an unjust universe. Leckie uses familiar set pieces an expansionist galaxy-spanning empire, a protagonist on a single-minded quest for justice to transcend space-opera conventions in innovative ways. This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch closely.
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Oh the main sides of a story. This one makes you want to keep reading just to see what happens.
An outstanding work
Two things drive me write a review for anything - profound disappointment or profound joy. I am happy to say that this is the latter. Ann Leckie has created a work that rivals the giants in the genre. Her painting of the culture, the nuances of the characters and depth of plot raise this work (and the others in the series) well above the run of the mill space opera. Well, it isn’t a space opera. It carries a deeper message. Some profound questions are being asked, buried in the fetish like appreciation of tea services, obsession with gloves and brutalizing politeness.
I would highly recommend this, and as I said earlier, the sequels.
The book was difficult to get into due to the unique character of a part human-part ship-part AI intelligence beings. However, once the reader understands this, the book is interesting. I would recommend to sciFi enthusiasts.