Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


Science Fiction/Space Opera
What Goodreads says:
Ancillary Justice"On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.
Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.
An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch"
 
Ancillary Justice is a complex book to review.  Even though the book is written in the first person it takes awhile to learn the main character’s name.  You do get hints of what she is or was.  That just adds to the tension and really hooked me into the story.
I usually like to break a book into parts but I find it will not work here.  Things like plot, characters, and world building are all so intertwined they are impossible to separate.. 
All unfold in the story as you need them.  Understanding Breq, the main character, depends on understanding the world she lives in.  The plot unfolds as you learn about Breq.  The world building is disclosed as you learn about the Breq and as you learn about the Breq you learn about the plot.
Even the development of the other characters depended on how Breq is seen in the story.  Much of this was told using small details that added to the richness of the book.  Ann Leckie set out to build a complex world filled with interesting characters and she more than succeeded.  Her eye for detail paid big dividends in the development of the story and the characters.
Part of the reason I kept reading was to learn more about what Breq was doing, who Breq was, why Breq was where she was, when the story was taking place and where Breq was going.  All of this came slowly into focus while a very good story in a new and complex world was being told.
Recently life has been interfering with my reading but every chance I got I picked up Ancillary Justice so I could continue to read.  For me that is the mark of a really good book.
I recommend Ancillary Justice for any Science Fiction fan.  Ancillary Justice is book one in a loose trilogy (That is how it was described in an interview with Leckie in the back of the book).  Breq is successful in a way she did not suspect and that opened up new adventures for Breq.  I am ready of book two and more of Breq and her world.
Orbit published Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie in 2013.
I received an ARC of Ancillary Justice from Netgalley.

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