Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: October 1, 2013
On 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.
Ancillary Justice is one of those novels that has an incredibly promising premise, but falls flat in its execution.
Ancillary Justice is painfully slow. Leckie has a complex world to introduce to readers, so she takes her time fleshing out the world. Unfortunately, because of this Ancillary Justice doesn’t pick up until around 100 pages in and even then it’s only slowly ramping up.
What made me rate the novel three starts instead of two was Leckie’s choice to make the main character, Breq, an AI and the Radch as a culture.
Breq’s backstory is interesting and kept me turning the pages as it’s the driving force of the novel. However, the slow pacing quickly chipped at away my interest as the story slowly unfolded.
The Radch only use the female gender when referring to people, so it’s hard at time to keep track of the gender of the characters. There are even times when the gender is not explicitly stated so you’re left to guess. It makes the conversations and interactions fresh and engaging.
Overall, Ancillary Justice is one of those novels I couldn’t connect with because of its incredibly slow pace. I found myself putting it down easily and losing motivation to pick it back up.