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Jacqueline Carey
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Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie This one is hard to rate. Some parts of it I quite liked; others, not so much.

For example, I liked the use of the feminine pronoun throughout, but I did not like all its effects. I also felt that the linguistic gender choices were sometimes over-explained. Why not trust the reader to figure a few things out on her own? I wasn't completely sure why its was used instead of my in a couple of cases when referring to an ancillary. It was jarring and a bit confusing to figure out who or what was being referred to.

I did finally figure out the ancillary/human military dynamics by the end (I think), but that's something that could have been explained better. For the longest time, I just didn't understand why you'd leave human soldiers on ice.

The concept was interesting, but I felt the story was a bit confused. Or maybe I was confused. Can it be both? It took some getting used to, but I did like the One Esk multiple viewpoint narrative portions.

Finally, for all those words, there wasn't much of a resolution.

Overall, I think it's a book that I'd suggest reading, but it won't be a book I read over and over again. I'll probably continue with the series, eventually.