December 1, 2018 6:39 PM - by Ann Leckie - Subscribe

Ann Leckie returns to the universe she created in Ancillary Justice. A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

A Good Old-Fashioned Space Adventure or a Cozy Mystery that deals with Identity And Self and What Our Impluse To Dig Into The Past Can Tell Us About Ourselves
posted by the man of twists and turns (5 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed this immensely
posted by bq at 6:47 PM on December 1, 2018 [3 favorites]

Counterpoint! I loved her other books but found this tedious. It worked as an exploration of a set of themes -- authenticity, where things come from, and how cultures and people become invested in those things. As a story, I found it... less than compelling. Readable -- I got to the end of it, which I don't with a lot of books I start -- but just not that fun, and while I liked how thoroughly every single strand of the books centered on its themes, I didn't feel like it had anything revelatory to say about those things.
posted by Rinku at 8:43 PM on December 1, 2018

I just re-read this last week and found it funny and moving. The audiobook is good too!

I want some spider mechs.
posted by moonmilk at 9:09 PM on December 1, 2018 [2 favorites]

This was a good book. I love touches like "Yeah there's just a fuckkin lot of ancient glass here, probably from a long dead civilization IDK"

I also really enjoyed a protagonist who is completely ill-equipped to carry out the heroism that they find themselves involved with and does everything with maximum anxiety, very relatable. I also enjoy seeing humans adapt to live in alien cultures instead of the other way around as is so common in Sci-Fi.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 12:00 PM on December 10, 2018 [5 favorites]

I also want a spider-mech.

I don't have like deep thoughts about this, largely because I had a different family dynamic than Ingray or Tic.

Also, everything about the Geck Ambassador's spider-mech, whether it was the real one or Tic's hilarious impersonation of it, was my favourite thing about the book.

I know Leckie is taking a break to write fantasy for a bit, but I do find myself wondering what's going to happen with the treaty delegation. Hopefully she revisits this universe when she has something to say about that.
posted by tobascodagama at 12:19 PM on December 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

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