Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Parts of this story are complex, parts of it are very, very familiar. Thought-provoking and stunning, I looked forward to returning to the pages every night. The story unpeeled in layers, slowly revealing what had happened to the main character, Breq, and what brought her to the path from which she doesn’t waver.
Breq is actually the last remaining piece of a military ship. She feels weak as one human, but she has abilities that make others fear her.
She is thousands of years old and gender is rather meaningless in this story, which I liked. The story opens when she stumbles across a former officer who had served on her. The officer is one she didn’t like much, but the officer is dying in the snow. Breq decides to save her and their relationship remains complex throughout the novel.
There is a lot going on in this story. I fell in love with the people Breq loved. I felt apprehensive about the people she didn’t trust. I felt confused and betrayed when she did. Eventually, I wanted revenge as much as she did. Great writing.
Ancillary Justice is a rich tale and there is so much more about the world Ann Leckie invented that I want to know. It’s horrifying and beautiful and I kept wanting more. I even bought the sequels in the series. Yay, I do have more. Highly recommended.
Synopsis: 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.
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.