Seeking atonement for past crimes, Breq takes on a mission as captain of a troublesome new crew of Radchai soldiers, in the sequel to Ann Leckie’s NYT bestselling, award-winning Ancillary Justice. 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 Scalzi
Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she has only a single body and serves the emperor.
With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew — a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.
Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy has become one of the new classics of science fiction. Beautifully written and forward thinking, it does what good science fiction does best, taking readers to bold new worlds with plenty explosions along the way.
I believe this is the author’s second book, and as a sophomore effort, she absolutely knocked it out of the park. This is a much more limited adventure with the story taking place in a single star system and only limited spaceship work, but there is a new concept to me that is being played with here, if you were an AI of a spaceship, and your entire crew was hotwired to give you their emotional states, their physical status, and even letting you see and hear through their eyes, how useful would that be in a wider universe in which a tyrannical ruler has that same ability on a nearly galaxy wide scale?