Ancillary Justice

Paperback, 416 pages

English language

Published Oct. 29, 2013 by Orbit.

ISBN:
9780316246620
OCLC Number:
828142663

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4 stars (62 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.

10 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 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Ancilary Justice è prima di tutto una riflessione sul potere e sulle sue contraddizioni, poi una riflessione sul concetto di identità e, infine il ritratto di un bellissimo personaggio: Breq, un frammento della coscienza di una grande astronave millenaria, la Justice di Toren, intrappolato in un unico corpo, dopo la distruzione del vascello in cui risiedeva il centro della sua mente (lascio al lettore il piacere di scoprire cosa siano questi corpi e cosa questi comportino). Chi ha causato la distruzione di Justice di Toren? Cosa sta succedendo veramente nel Grande impero Raadchai? Una vicenda ricca tanto di colpi di scena quanto di spunti di riflessione come solo un grande romanzo di fantascienza riesce ad essere.

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 …

Review of 'Ancillary Justice' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Sorry, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards Ancillary Justice, it must be me and not you, but I just couldn't finish it. I only made it to page 67, but I still hadn't the slightest idea what was going on. It doesn't seem like a book made for reading a chapter every other day and so by the time I got back to it, I completely lost whatever thread I was following and just couldn't ever get back on track.

The other problem with the book, besides the confusing narration and the utterly incomprehensible tech (I'm still not sure what an Ancillary is), is that it relies heavily on descriptions of how people feel and react to what others are saying. So someone will be described as embarrassed, or angry or taken aback by what another character just said but I …

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, …

Review of 'Ancillary Justice' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I think my brain just melted. On the face of it, this looks like a simple(ish) story of betrayal and revenge but there is so much packed into the plot that it really does push you to think about a whole range of issues - the largest and most obvious being the question of identity and what makes us who we are.

This book is fantastic.

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