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Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie just wrapped up a victorious summer by winning her first Hugo, to go with her first Nebula, which pair well with her first Arthur C. Clarke — and she earned all these awards for one novel, her first. Ancillary Justice is space opera, meaning big adventures involving advanced cultures in the vastness of space. But it's also a mystery and something of a Bildungsroman about a spaceship. Leckie's hero, Breq, is the only piece left of a sentient spaceship possessed of a collective hive mind. Breq's enemy is the Radch Empire, a society that makes no gender distinctions, so everybody gets a feminine pronoun. Ancillary Justice is a fantastic adventure, but it's also about Breq's quest to find out what happened to the rest of her, which must be done while navigating the alien Radch culture. In other terms, this is a fight between plural being that refers to itself as she and the collective "she." Ancillary Justice is ambitious in scope and content, but it's also simply a ripping yarn. And good news is on the horizon: The sequel, Ancillary Sword, is available October 7. If you buy Justice right now, you'll finish it in time to be second in line — behind us, of course.

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