Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice (Paperback, 2013, Orbit)

Paperback, 416 pages

English language

Published Oct. 8, 2013 by Orbit.

ISBN:
9780316246620
OCLC Number:
828142663

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4 stars (38 reviews)

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.

6 editions

Review of 'Ancillary Justice' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

2021-07-05: 2nd reading: absolutely loved this book. Maybe because I've already read the series and that made it far less confusing this time, or I was just in the right mood this time. For whatever reason, really enjoyed this book.2018-08-13: Original reading: Needlessly confusing language about ships and titles, so much so that I almost stopped reading. But then I missed the story so picked it up again via audiobook, and loved it overall. Still think I don't totally understand what a "justice", "mercey" is. More in the confusion and some guesses here: www.goodreads.com/questions/1376602-i-m-half-way-through-the-book-thought-i/answers/743517-my-understanding-of

Long, grand, easy & fun

4 stars

Space Opera in 3 parts — long, grand, sci-fi, easy & fun to read. Incidentally the main civilisation of the book does not distinguish gender, which is represented in the book by giving everybody female pronouns, which is kind of a cool reading experience. I like the depiction of fragile consciousness of the protagonist.

Review of 'Ancillary Justice' on 'LibraryThing'

5 stars

Wow. This is the first real world-building scifi I've read in a while that wasn't a continuation of an existing world, so the first few chapters were a bit of a wade as it set the scene. Then the book took off and I couldn't put it down.A lot's been made of the way Leckie handles gender, and it is an interesting detail. Personally, I also really appreciated a related part of this world: that languages are hard. So much scifi waves away all language problems with some kind of magic translator, but in this book it's repeatedly made clear that characters have to invest time and effort into learning each others' languages, those who haven't put in the effort simply can't communicate, and those who have routinetly find some things easier to say in some languages than others. It's one of those details that helped make a world in …

Review of 'Ancillary Justice' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) "The space-dwelling nations of Shis'urna divided the universe into three parts. In the middle lay the natural environment of humans---space stations, ships, constructed habitats. Outside there was the Black---heaven, the home of God and everything holy. And within the gravity well of the planet Shis'urna itself---or for that matter any planet---lay the Underworld, the land of the dead from which humanity had had to escape in order to become fully free of its demonic influence."2) "It seems very straightforward when I say 'I.' At the time, 'I' meant Justice of Toren, the whole ship and all its ancillaries. A unity might be very focused on what it was doing at that particular moment, but it was no more apart from 'me' than my hand is while it's engaged in a task that doesn't require my full attention.Nearly twenty years later 'I' would be a single body, a single brain. …
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