Thursday, July 24, 2014
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
St. Louis author Ann Leckie has hit the big time with her first published novel. Ancillary Justice has won numerous science fiction awards, including two of the "Big Three" --- The Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Nebula Award; and in August she is up for the third, the Hugo Award. No author has ever won all three of these prestigious awards, and only a very few have won two of them.
Ancillary Justice is a brilliant, intelligent space opera and the protagonist, Breq, is strong, vulnerable, cynical and idealistic, on a quest for vengeance and in search of redemption. Her story is both epic in scale and intensely personal, and Leckie manages to balance all these disparate parts and dance like an angel on the head of a pin. It's a polished performance and not surprisingly, it took years in the making. Leckie is now hard at work on a sequel, Ancillary Sword. If you are a fan of Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, C.J. Cherryh, Margaret Atwood, or the late, lamented Kage Baker, then give Ann Leckie a try.
Click HERE for the NPR review of Ancillary Justice.
Click HERE for a Riverfront Times profile of Ann Leckie.
click HERE for a discussion of gender ambiguities in Leckie's universe from Slate.com.