reviewed Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Imperial Radch, #1)

Ann Leckie: Ancillary Justice (Paperback, 2013, Orbit) 3 stars

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing …

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3 stars

One of the potential pleasures of SF is being dumped in an unfamiliar world and suffering "future shock" - the specifically science fictional equivalent of the bewilderment known to travellers as culture shock. It's fun; you have to figure out what things mean; how this society is organised; what this tech actually does. The puzzle is the fun. Sometimes, though, it can be too confusing, initially, and detracts from being able to properly follow the story. That was the case here, at least for me, but the more the veils slowly lifted and I retrospectively understood things the more I enjoyed it.

The story is full of surprises and goes down easily and was exactly the kind of thing I needed in the moment.