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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
I'm not certain this will be the Hugo winner in 2014, but I feel
Leckie has crafted a gripping space opera story while updating the genre with modern SF sensibilities. She seamlessly integrates her flashba...
Leckie has crafted a gripping space opera story while updating the genre with modern SF sensibilities. She seamlessly integrates her flashback story structure with well-executed immersion into the universe of the Radcha. There's more than a few "We aren't in Kansas anymore" moments scattered throughout the novel which, rather than breaking that immersion, help add to the feeling of being in this place and time.
Her treatment of gender and sexuality is both front and center, but never overbearing. This is partly accomplished by skimping on the physical descriptions of the characters, both primary and secondary, made possible by the unique viewpoint character. She also deftly handles the novel concept of that viewpoint character being, at times simultaneously, a single individual, a gestalt mind bridging 20 individual bodies, and a starship. The story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, but it's clear she has more to tell us about this person and this world; I look forward to seeing the remainder of the tale unfold.
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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
A less than 300 page book that feels longer than War and Peace.
It's not a good sign when an author puts the two lead characters in a life threatening situation, and my hope is that we'll get a good enough description of their corpses and the crater they'll leave. I should have listened to my instincts and abandoned the book when that didn't happen.
posted by 10068023 on November 24, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2014
I received a free early review copy of Ancillary Justice, and I'
I received a free early review copy of Ancillary Justice, and I'm so glad that happened! The description had sounded interesting, and it definitely turned out to be my type of book. Leckie creates just enough mystery surrounding One Esk and Justice of Toren to keep you interested, but there are enough flash backs to help answer those questions when the timing is right. There's no sense of "too much suspense" or "too many questions"; it's nicely balanced. There is a large span of time covered, but handled in such a way that you don't feel as though you have missed anything significant. I really liked Breq/One Esk as a heroine, and Sieverian grew on me over time. This world of 1000 year old starships and their ancillaries fascinates me - excited that book 2 is available for pre-order and can't wait for it to be released in the fall!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2014
What a book!
Seriously, the only thing I could think while reading this book was: "how interesting!" This was such a different reading experience than I have ever had. Yes, in one sense it was standard science Fiction fare: huge, evil empire taking over space, group of rag tag heroes fighting the good fight against the on evil...and of course lots of spaceships and AI action, but what stood out the most for me was the society/world created.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The main society in the book, is gender neutral, or more accurately, its default seems to be female. Everyone is referred to as SHE. They do not concern themselves with gender identifiers...so the default pronoun for everyone is she. So while reading the book, there were several points where I was still unsure what gender, as I know it based on my understanding, the main character was or any of the other characters. And at various points in the book, in my head...they switched back and forth based on the scene. One minute I am imagine a girl and the next, I see a male. Only during travels to other world where they do note gender do we have some hint of the physical appearance of the character, but mainly it is all ambiguous and could describe any gender. But it worked, because really...their gender did not matter. The actions of the main character, her heroics, her morals and drive, would still be her character whether she was "male" or "female." Being on or the other did not take away from you, the reader relating to her and rooting for her. And that is the point isn't it? That was the goal of the author no doubt, whether conscious or not, to make the statement that if we did not focus on so much on gender and it was not such a huge indicator in our society, it would be easier to understand that is really in the long run makes no difference as far as character. The brave will be brave; cowards will be cowards, and the crazy will be crazy. We are who we are based on our collective experience, not our gender. It is very refreshing.
I know many people who won't read a book...because the main lead is a female, and lesser a male. They miss out on good stories and characters because of their gender bias.....both type would enjoy this tale, because it really doesn't matter once the story is told and you start rooting for Breq, or One Esk. So this makes for an interesting reading experience, and ultimately enjoyable. This was an A for sure.
I am looking forward to reading the sequels and I hope One Esk, now that his main goal is complete, find another reason to live. Maybe some personal developments…like a romance? I see hints of some things to come and I hope I'm right. *rubs hands in glee* I
Posted February 22, 2014
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