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- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Aug. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LPS7RFC
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Ancillary Justice: The Imperial Radch series, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Breq, it turns out, is one such avatar, One Esk Nineteen, last survivor of the troop carrier Justice of Toren. That sentence is indicative of two of the key features of author Ann Leckie's book. Firstly, that the ships control multiple avatars, all of whom are aware of what each other is/are thinking and seeing. Leckie handles the description of multiple viewpoints and rapidly changing perspective really skilfully. Secondly, this is very much a story of confused identity, as One Esk struggles to understand who and what she is. Crucially for the plot she and her like are not the only multiple entities in the book...... While the confusion created is intentional, it does occasionally step a little too far as, early on, Leckie rapidly introduces races, nations, factions characters, and interchangeable avatars at a pace which left this reader at least, somewhat disorientated.
As well as effectively describing the experiences of the multiple entities, Leckie gives the isolated One Esk a convincing, dispassionate voice, viewing the worlds around her in an unemotional, detached manner. While reading the book, one term which didn't enter my head was 'zombie', but in retrospect, that would be one way of looking at it.Read more ›
Ancillary Justice is an unusual novel, reflecting the nature of its narrator. Breq has lived in one form or another for thousands of years but in many ways she is socially naive. This expresses itself in her language. She can communicate with most races but not necessarily correctly. She doesn't readily know gender pronouns; everyone is `she' unless Breq is corrected. This has the rather peculiar result that we are not sure whether we are being introduced to men or women and, as we work this out, there are surprises. However, for me, this reinforced how little gender can matter when a story's narrator has far more basic identity problems to solve. While this use of the `she' pronoun has been an issue for some readers, it mattered little to me and I enjoyed the rare excuses for humour that it provided to the novel.
The novel opens on an icy planet with a moment of inexplicable mercy by Breq. She finds Seivarden lying in the snow, close to death. Seivarden had once been one of Breq's human crew members, many hundreds of years before, and there is no reason for her to be there, let alone still alive.Read more ›
Cheerfully I’ve never put much faith in awards in general, so I just read the book…
Ancillary Justice is the story of Breq, who was once the Justice of Toren, a massive warship in the service of the Empress that commanded thousands of troops and brought the will of the empire to all the corners of the galaxy, now a human like so many others. The story begins when Breq discovers the body of Seivarden, a person who should have been dead some years ago from Breq’s previous life as Justice, and makes the decision to look after them against all better logical instincts.
Progressing from two perspectives, that of the present day Breq making their way in the world and that of Justice of Toren in the past and the events that led up to Justice becoming Breq and Breq alone, and there’s nothing in the narrative that marks the difference to the two perspectives because as far as the narrator is concerned, Breq and Justice are the same creature.
This caused a particular problem for me, because while the nature of a self is a constant, time is not, and even a slight hint at the beginning of each chapter (in the manner of Game of Thrones with the name of the character whose chapter it is) would have been enough to prevent the disconnect. As it is, when you start a new chapter, you have to read till you find a landmark or character that’s unique to that section before you know which time period you’re in, sometimes immediate, oft times not.
Not a problem for many perhaps, but I really didn’t like that about it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It takes a lot of skill to create something as alien as the Radch (and the AI protagonist) and still write a readable book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by A. M. Attwood
I feel slightly disappointed with this story. Sorry but there it is.Published 1 month ago by James 42
Completely cerebral reading. Back and forth thru time and memory.
Great intelligent story that you have to pay attention to. Read more
This is a gripping, well written and original book, with an intriguing and engaging hero/ine and an involving storyline. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Winner of the Hugo Award. Winner of the Nebula Award. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award . . . the only novel according to the blurb to have won all of science fiction’s most... Read morePublished 2 months ago by KIKAREN
This is slow-paced, uninteresting and the plot is woeful. It's full of lots of details.... but not in a good way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Monks
Very enjoyable opening to a SF series. Would be a shame to spoil the plot too much, but Leckie plays with themes around artificial intelligence and totalitarianism. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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