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An imaginative page turner - one of the most accomplished sci-fi books recently published
on 11 September 2017
From the first page of Ancillary Justice, the author keeps the reader in total suspense. There is not a sentence wasted and the book is an absolute page turner. The characters are different shades of gray, which makes them more interesting that the standard good vs. evil affair. I was genuinely interested in seeing what would happen to them.
The book jumps between two time frames, one which is in the present and the other in the past. Although this sounds like it could complicate things it is expertly done and enhances the depth of the story.
Another strong point of the book is Leckie's imagination and even if she writes about themes such as artificial intelligence it is done in such an imaginative way that instead of feeling tired (there's so much about AI out there) it feels like an entirely new take on the topic.