Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Fantastic. Nothing else to say, really, except that all the hype is well deserved.
It’s an expansive, enormously original story. It’s framed as a space opera, but saying that it’s just a space opera would be like saying The Iliad is just a poem about a war. Thoughtful ideas, super impressive world building, confident execution. Plus, that gorgeous John Harris cover art…
This might actually be the first time in my life I’ve read a sci-fi title the same year it was released. I still have a huge backlog of stuff I want to get to, but I’m incredibly happy to have caught this one from the beginning.
This is Ann Leckie’s debut novel, by the way, which makes it all the more impressive and promising. I wouldn’t call it a perfect novel (few books are), but it was damn good.
Verdict: For me, I’d say it was a 4.5/5. But in the wider context of science fiction—who knows—if it manages to snag a Hugo or Nebula it could very well be a future classic.
Similar To: Of all the authors I’ve read, this probably falls closest to C.J. Cherryh. I’ve also heard people mention Ian Banks, but I haven’t read him (I know, I know).
Next Up: Leviathan Wakes (Because, oh shiit, I’m into space opera now.)
*edit* - Started Leviathan Wakes. I’m like half an hour in, and WTF the set-up for this is like 98% indistinguishable from Pushing Ice.
I’m sure they diverge, because Pushing Ice is batshit bonkers, but having read it so recently the similarity is slightly off-putting. I hope this is ultimately a better read—Pushing Ice has cool ideas, but the execution is so, so, uneven. Jesus, I could rant about that book for a thousand words… I need to stop before I start.