Ancillary Justice is an ambitious character driven work of science fiction. The story follows the artificially intelligent ship named Justice of Toren and its soldiers during the annexation of a planet. That is all in the past, in the primary timeline of the book, the ship’s consciousness has been sealed into a human, ancillary body. This highlights the primary technological innovation of the book, ships control human bodies as if they were an appendage.
While the pacing of this book is a bit slow, it is a very imaginative piece of world building. The universe that Leckie has created obviously has a ton of depth to it and could be mined endlessly for stories. The action is minimal until the final pages, but the fascinating world and the mystery behind how a ship became a human kept me engaged throughout
Availability: COSMOS, USMAI
Review Submitted by: Andrew Polgreen
Rating: Highly Recommended