The Reviewer: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book has an amazing world. The use of gender pronouns and how they range from place to place is brilliantly done. The culture, politics, language, religion (I LOVED THE RELIGION OF THIS STORY!), and technology of Radch I adored. The way Ann pulls off AI in all its vastness and with how Breq deals with becoming a single pair of eyes and ears is worthy of applauseā€¦

But this book fell flat for me. It felt like far too much build up. Things didn’t feel like they started moving until around page 230ish, but even then it was short lived. There was very little tension, sense of danger, or the weight to what Breq was doing. It was referenced, but it didn’t shine through for me. I wasn’t asking for lasers and explosions. I just wanted more. Breq was attempting to do something HUGE, and yet it felt boring. I unfortunately lost interest into whether or not the she succeeded. I love world building (and how very much I loved this world!), but that alone couldn’t save this book for me.

I give it 3 stars because despite the story I think Ann Leckie created a truly unique and brilliant world. And that being said, I would recommend anyone to give this a try.

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