Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice

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Ancillary Justice is Ann Leckie's stunning debut -- the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards -- about a ship's AI who becomes trapped in a human body and her quest for revenge. A must read for fans of Ursula K. Le Guin and James S. A. Corey.

"There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could." -- John Scalzi
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.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316246620
031624662X
Characteristics: 409 p.
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garrett3000
Aug 30, 2020

Highly recommend this book. Even more so, I recommend the audiobook. The reader brings the characters and occasional songs to life in a meaningful and additive way.

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eshook1
Aug 24, 2020

This is a classic space empire adventure book. Absolutely an all-timer.

Hillsboro_JeanineM May 17, 2020

It's interesting world building but I loved the AI in a human body. One Esk's fondness for acquiring songs from different cultures was endearing. Leckie shares in an interview her own love of singing note songs and some of the inspirations for the songs in the book.

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heumann
Apr 14, 2020

Recommended by Dave Archer as an interesting way to deal with gender

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mkpederson
Feb 24, 2020

As many before me: I’ve never read anything like it. Unnerving and thought-provoking. Great read.

RyanR_KCMO Dec 18, 2019

This book took me a few times to finally gather enough momentum to get to the parts that made it impossible to put down.

Just amazing. The perspectives and the concepts and the characters are all delightful. The world is unique and powerful, especially with a great deal of care being placed on linguistics, which was super cool. Don't stress about not understanding the world, as it will come at you pretty quickly. There are a great deal of strange words and concepts that will finally catch up (IE - Esk, or One Esk - spoiler a Justice is a troop carrier ship, each deck of the ship is a 'decade' kind of like a military company, and each one has corresponding Ancillaries - So One Esk is just the primary Ancillary of the Esk deck). Other words are similarly different decks of these ships.

Don't worry, you will catch on, and I hope you do. It's a fantastic ride. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.

HCL_staff_reviews Nov 07, 2019

I started recommending this book before I even finished it and I cannot wait to read Leckie again. Ancillary Justice has elevated the "Space Opera" genre, it is refreshing, forward thinking and complicated. It entertained me with it's complicated, intricate and exciting story, but also gave me pause to think about wider questions about our world and humanity. Brilliant. — Lee B., Eden Prairie Library

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N13m4nd
Oct 21, 2019

This first book of a trilogy made quite a splash when it came out as a first novel from a relatively new author. When a warship is destroyed, all that survives is the portion of her personality which had been installed in a single human body. This newly human Breq then becomes embroiled in international politics and scheming at the highest levels. There's a lot to like about this book and its two sequels, but the author seems to be very strenuously trying to make some point about gender identity, and despite reading the whole trilogy, I still don't know what that point is. The semi-robotic protagonist is astute enough to detect the physiological signs when people are lying to her, for example, yet she is unable to discern male from female. This makes the narrative confusing at times as pronouns are used according to an odd logic, leaving me unable to figure out which character was speaking and to whom he/she was speaking. I did find the trilogy rewarding enough to stick with, but I can only give it a qualified recommendation.

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 26, 2019

Incredibly original and creative science fiction novel which won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for Best Novel. You are just thrown into this future universe with little explanation; but once you get a little ways in and can start to appreciate what is going on, you can’t put it down.

Breq, apparently a well-trained soldier, is actually the last remaining “ancillary” of a space battle cruiser’s artificial intelligence. In this universe, technology allows the Radchaii military to remove the identity of captured enemies and turn them into extensions of the ships. Each ship has thousands of perfectly obedient ancillaries. But in this case, the ship was destroyed while this ancillary was disconnected from the main A.I.

Leckie examines what it might be like to be a small remnant of a larger mind and, since much of the story is told in flashback, we also see what it was like to have been a PART of that larger mind. The story is told in first person, which allows Leckie to write the story in multiple first person viewpoints of the same identity. One of the details I really liked is the vagueness of the genders of the characters. Because of different languages and cultural traditions, whether someone is identified as “male” or “female” in the use of pronouns depends on different things in different cultures. The reader cannot tell what gender we would use for any character, which is purposely disorienting.

This is the first of a series. It’s a GREAT start and should be on every SF reader’s short list to read.

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wildfireheart
Mar 15, 2019

#1- The Ancillary series

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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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