For a medium as limitless as science fiction, truly new and unique ideas can be hard to come by; that's one of the things that makes this book such a treat. It is a space opera full of political intrigue and moral ambiguity from a truly unique perspective - Breq, the AI of a spaceship, once spread among many reanimated human hosts - the titular ancillaries - now reduced to a single body, for reasons revealed over the course of the book. Sidestepping the trope of the emotionless computer, AI in this world are designed to feel, to facilitate their decision making, but there is still an alien quality to Breq's experience, expressed with lovely, inventive language. This is hard sci-fi - there's an emphasis on technological details, solid world-building, and internal consistency, but it doesn't suffer from the static prose that sometimes plagues the genre, making it an accessible, yet engaging, choice. I cannot recommend this title highly enough.
Ancillary Justice is Ann Leckie's stunning debut -- the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards -- about a ship's AI who becomes trapped in a human body and her quest for revenge. A must read for fans of Ursula K. Le Guin and James S. A. Corey. "There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could." -- John ScalziOn a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. In the Ancillary world: Ancillary JusticeAncillary SwordAncillary MercyProvenanceFor more from Ann Leckie, check out: The Raven Tower