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

Ann Leckie: Ancillary Justice (2013) 4 stars

Ancillary Justice is a science fiction novel by the American writer Ann Leckie, published in …

Intriguing concepts to mull over at leisure

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The idea of a split awareness, of “self” being distributed among multiple bodies drew me in, but I think I enjoyed the concept more than the story itself. I found the present-day story in the first half slow going. I don’t know how necessary the dual timeline was. The Radch (Radchaai?) culture was interesting, with its rituals, religion, tea and inter-house politics. That said, many of the cultural details seemed there more as unrelated background, and the story could have played out in a similar way in a very different setting.

The characters and there decisions didn’t always make sense to me, which maybe kept me from being fully engaged. Overall, I’m glad I read this, but I’m not in a rush to pick up the sequel.