Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)Title:Ancillary Justice
Author: Ann Leckie
Publisher/Publication Date: Orbit, October 1, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy
Source/Format: Purchased, Paperback

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

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...

My Thoughts:

Lately I've been open to more types of books. However, I still hesitate a little when I’m trying to decide if I do or don’t want to purchase books by author’s I’m unfamiliar with. Despite my initial hesitation, I decided to give Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie a try because the concept seemed interesting—and I was curious to know what exactly happened to the Justice of Toren—that hint in the synopsis basically got my attention. So I've done it, I've read Ancillary Justice, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

I have no regrets about purchasing it.

Ancillary Justice follows Breq in her quest to seek revenge.
As a character Breq was spectacular, and I could understand the motivation behind her actions. During the very first pages I knew something significant had happened prior to the beginning of the story. And Breq seemed to be surrounded by a history that influenced her current actions. Parts of the book were dedicated to the incident some years prior, which was told through alternating chapters. I liked Leckie’s overall decision to show the history rather than having the characters explain it. I enjoyed getting to see what exactly happened from the perspective of the characters that were witnesses to the entire thing, and were directly affected by it.

Another aspect that drew me to Ancillary Justice was the concept, which was well thought-out and executed nicely. The world in Ancillary Justice could almost be real. I enjoyed the political aspect that played a heavy influence on the story, and the detail put into developing the Radch Empire. The entire system involving the ships like the Justice of Toren with its numerous ancillaries was another part that I liked about this book, and the ending left me wanting to know the next chapter in Breq’s life. Needless to say, I got those answers to my initial questions, and it was something I partially suspected, but the actual details of the event surprised me. Ancillary Justice wasn’t the typical science fiction novel, overall I loved this book—and I look forward to reading more novels by Ann Leckie.

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