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Ancillary Justice : Imperial Radch - Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice

Imperial Radch

Paperback Published: 8th October 2013
ISBN: 9780356502403
Number Of Pages: 432

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Inventive and intelligent space opera for fans of Iain M. Banks - the story of a warship trapped in a human body, and her search for revenge.

They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they'll turn you into a 'corpse soldier' - one of an army of dead prisoners animated by a warship's AI mind. Whole planets are conquered by their own people.

The colossal warship called The Justice of Toren has been destroyed - but one ship-possessed soldier has escaped the devastation. Used to controlling thousands of hands, thousands of mouths, The Justice now has only two hands, and one mouth with which to tell her tale.

But one fragile, human body might just be enough to take revenge against those who destroyed her.

About the Author

The author of many published science fiction short stories, Ann Leckie lives in St Louis, Missouri, with her husband, children and cats. She's currently the Secretary for the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America).


A difficult, but rewarding read


This is one of those books that expects the reader to do some work. That's not a negative, but it means it's not for everyone. There is no gentle easing into the universe the writer has created - you're there in the deep end right from page one. The confusing approach to gender sometimes makes characters or events difficult to follow. Ultimately, however, the concept is great, executed well, and worth the effort.

Sydney, Australia


Definitely worth reading if you love Sci Fi and Dystophia


Recommended by one of those Book Review shows ... Definitely worthy of the praise it received. Not the easiest read and but not a book you will easily forget. You will find yourself thinking about the situation described and your own response if you were placed in the same situation. The use of gender (namely everyone is 'she), and the confusion it causes the reader is just part of the charm. Is it a male or female character that does the 'bad' things and is it a male or female character that picks up the pieces? Yet the main character Breq is AI and not even human ... or is she/he? I will definitely read this one again and look forward to reading the others in the series Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy.

NSW Australia


Believe the hype


After coming highly recommended from a few of my trusted sources, I was still blown away by the creativity of this saga. It is science fiction that makes you work for it, it won't hold your hand. But the payoff is phenomenal. There is a reason it won almost every major sci-fi award the year it was released.

Brisbane, AU


One of the best Sci-Fi novels I've read


Brilliant book. The universe is brilliantly crafted and the story is very interesting. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that the start was a bit slow and confusing, and I was actually about to give up on it. So glad I didn't though, after I got a few chapters through and started to understand the universe, it was a really good read.. I highly recommend it for any fans of Space Operas, sci-fi fans in general, or anyone who might be looking for something a little different.

Sydney, AU


Ancillary Justice

4.5 4


Unexpected, compelling and very cool - Ann Leckie nails it. I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed.

Total gamechanger. Get it, read it, wish to hell you'd written it. Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice may well be the most important book Orbit have published in ages.

It's not every day a debut novel by an author you'd never heard of before derails your entire afternoon with its brilliance. - Tor.com

Using the format of a SF military adventure blended with hints of space opera, Leckie explores the expanded meaning of human nature and the uneasy balance between individuality and membership in a group identity. Leckie is a newcomer to watch. - Library Journal (starred review)

Leckie's novel cast of characters serves her well-plotted story nicely. This is an altogether promising debut. - Kirkus

Our #1 pick for the year's best science fiction or fantasy book . . . this Iain M. Banks-esque tale was the book that made us most excited about the future of science fiction in 2013. - io9.com

It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world. Leckie may be a former Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America, but she's the President of this year's crop of debut novelists. Ancillary Justice might be the best science fiction novel of this very young decade. - Staffer s Book Review

The sort of book that the Clarke Award wishes it had last year . . . be prepared to see Ancillary Justice bandied around a lot come awards season. (As it should be). - Pornokitsch

ISBN: 9780356502403
ISBN-10: 0356502406
Series: Imperial Radch
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 8th October 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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