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Ancillary Justice: The Imperial Radch series, Book 1 | [Ann Leckie]

Ancillary Justice: The Imperial Radch series, Book 1

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2014

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour, and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards.

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.

©2013 Ann Leckie (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring" (Guardian)

"Signals the arrival of a hard science fiction author who just might fill the gap left by Iain M. Banks. Ancillary Justice is a highly original novel . . . an intelligent slow-burner. Highly recommended" (Independent on Sunday)

"You will be truly astounded at how Leckie has fully fleshed out a universe and is asking and attempting to answer the difficult questions that many authors never even address in science fiction" (Buzzfeed)

"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." (John Scalzi, Hugo Award-winning author of Redshirts)

"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" (Paul Graham Raven)

"Establishes Leckie as an heir to Banks and Cherryh" (Elizabeth Bear)

"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)

"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)

"Leckie uses familiar set pieces-an expansionist galaxy-spanning empire, a protagonist on a single-minded quest for justice-to transcend space-opera conventions in innovative ways. This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch closely." (Publisher’s Weekly)

"Leckie's debut gives casual and hardcore sci-fi fans alike a wonderful read." (RT Book Reviews)

"First rate, rollicking space-opera with plenty of action, intrigue and adventure ... a fabulous debut." (The Skiffy and Fanty Show)

"A sharply written space opera . . . tackling ideas about politics and gender in a way that's both engaging and provacative . . . a gripping read that's well worth a look." (SFX Magazine)

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    George 02-23-15
    George 02-23-15
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    "Great exploration of AI ideas. Flat ending."
    What did you love best about Ancillary Justice?

    The idea of AI running facilities was great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Orn, completely loyal to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?

    Eskia (spelling). Great voice. So many African intonations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Great story Great narrator"

    Really good narrator and an old school sci fi opera downloaded book 2 already!!!

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  • Lulu
    Brighton, England
    4/29/15
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    "Excellent narration"

    The story isn't the easiest to follow but the narrator's use of accents helps a great deal. She does a brilliant job with the complexity of the names, particularly the lesser. I'm not sure the book is up to all the hype -- I've read more exciting SF books but it's intriguing enough. Worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    11/16/14
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    "Interestingly feminist SciFi"

    That headline might do the novel more harm than good but I mean it in a totally inclusive engaged way, I'm male and the book feels written by a woman in command of her view of the future, a future just a dystopian as a million others but there's something really different here, I was believing, the world created is complete and different while being relatable... OK I'm not writing this well, just try it, it's really intelligent.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Urmston, United Kingdom
    9/11/14
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    "Brilliant! A great story and characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Ancillary Justice the most enjoyable?

    Narration was excellent, full of depth and really bought the characters to life. The story moved well and kept true to its central premise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is excellent, how the lead character deals with and explains her/its predicament is brilliant, really keeps you in, and surrounded by, the story.


    What does Adjoa Andoh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She understands the book extremely well, she uses the subtle intonations of her voice to perfectly build the characters and really helps you get a mental image of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Its not how I listen to audiobooks in general but I think it benefitted from occasional breaks to let the concepts sink in.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this and I can't wait for the sequel.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • matilda marshall
    Leicester, England
    7/2/15
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    "Well that's ruined sci-fi for me forever."

    As a first experience of the sci-fi genre Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice was too good, to the point that all other reads seem under-developed; lacking the presence, character development and world building of this fantastic novel.

    Initially the book is challenging, and that is why the audio book is so fantastic because it doesn't give the listener time to dwell too much on what the author is trying to do. Once I relaxed into the strange narrative structure and the constant use of "she" which was initially confusing, I found a novel that made comment on class, race and privilege in ways I had never read before. It was an angry read, with a furious murderous protagonist who was none the less deeply sympathetic and likable. I have listened to it twice and the second time I had to resist the urge to begin the novel again a third time.

    It is read brilliantly by Andoh as well. She captures the accents of tyrannical overlords, newly promoted captains and racist colonists each in such a way that it clarified exactly what was going on in each situation in ways that I never would have fully developed as I read. The songs as well that Breq is always singing to herself are realised as little ditties that constantly come out and give the book an emotional centre that might have been lost otherwise.

    Get this book, I don't even mind that it has made a whole genre pale in comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    dumfries, United Kingdom
    7/1/15
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    "really could not follow this story."

    hadn't a clue what was going on ! narrator was excellent but all for nought

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    7/1/15
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    "Worth a listen"

    An interest concept not sure why it was raved about, I have read better/ more interesting. Having said that it is beautifully written and an enjoyable listen.
    The narration is superb and definitely helps when things become a little confusing, I struggled with what sex some of the characters were and tying names to them.
    This is a well thought out story which requires you to listen ,not a Bang Bang your dead sci-fi, I will definitely read the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graeme from Preston
    6/2/15
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    "Excellent convoluted SF"

    Great plot and characterisations. I suspect some of the twists would become insanely difficult to express in the hands of a lesser author. I enjoyed it immensely.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • C. R. Broadhead
    3/19/15
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    "Stick with it"
    Any additional comments?

    Found this very confusing and irritating, but then listened again! Something I don't do very often.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • J D C TAYLOR
    3/19/15
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    "Excellent narrator"

    Sucks you in as it builds up to a great ending with a really classy hero/heroine.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • victoria
    wokingham, United Kingdom
    1/3/15
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    "loved it!"
    What did you like most about Ancillary Justice?

    It reminded me of sf books I read years ago with challenging ideas and interesting concepts


    What other book might you compare Ancillary Justice to, and why?

    some of Ian M Banks


    What about Adjoa Andoh’s performance did you like?

    very clear mellow voice with good accents that helped to identify the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the challenge of gender perceptions

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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