Ancillary Justice - Imperial Radch (Paperback)
  • Ancillary Justice - Imperial Radch (Paperback)

Ancillary Justice - Imperial Radch (Paperback)

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Published: 01/10/2013
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Waterstones Says

Based around the dazzling concept of a spaceship trapped in the body of an individual, Leckie’s blazingly clever and original novel wears its grand themes of revenge, alienation and retribution with remarkable potency and propulsive excitement. A classic in the making, Ancillary Justice is an intensely powerful and thrilling work.  

The record-breaking debut novel that won every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge.
Ann Leckie is the first author to win the Arthur C. Clarke, the Nebula and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in the same year.

They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they'll turn you into a 'corpse soldier' - one of an army of dead prisoners animated by a warship's AI mind. Whole planets are conquered by their own people.
The colossal warship called The Justice of Toren has been destroyed - but one ship-possessed soldier has escaped the devastation. Used to controlling thousands of hands, thousands of mouths, The Justice now has only two hands, and one mouth with which to tell her tale.
But one fragile, human body might just be enough to take revenge against those who destroyed her.

SFX Magazine

John Scalzi

Independent on Sunday



The Book Smugglers

Strange Horizons

Elizabeth Bear

The Imperial Radch trilogy begins with Ancillary Justice, continues in Ancillary Swordand concludes with Ancillary Mercy.
Also available now: Provenance is a stunning standalone adventure set in the same world as Ancillary Justice. NPR calls it 'A fitting addition to the Ancillary world'.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356502403
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 32 mm


Thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring - Guardian

Signals the arrival of a hard science fiction author who just might fill the gap left by Iain M. Banks. Ancillary Justice is a highly original novel . . . an intelligent slow-burner. Highly recommended - Independent on Sunday

You will be truly astounded at how Leckie has fully fleshed out a universe and is asking and attempting to answer the difficult questions that many authors never even address in science fiction - Buzzfeed

Unexpected, compelling and very cool - Ann Leckie nails it. I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed

Total gamechanger. Get it, read it, wish to hell you'd written it. Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice may well be the most important book Orbit have published in ages

Establishes Leckie as an heir to Banks and Cherryh

It's not every day a debut novel by an author you'd never heard of before derails your entire afternoon with its brilliance -

Using the format of a SF military adventure blended with hints of space opera, Leckie explores the expanded meaning of human nature and the uneasy balance between individuality and membership in a group identity. Leckie is a newcomer to watch - Library Journal (starred review)

Leckie's novel cast of characters serves her well-plotted story nicely. This is an altogether promising debut - Kirkus

Our #1 pick for the year's best science fiction or fantasy book . . . this Iain M. Banks-esque tale was the book that made us most excited about the future of science fiction in 2013 -

It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world. Leckie may be a former Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America, but she's the President of this year's crop of debut novelists. Ancillary Justice might be the best science fiction novel of this very young decade - Staffer’s Book Review

The sort of book that the Clarke Award wishes it had last year ... be prepared to see Ancillary Justice bandied around a lot come awards season. (As it should be) - Pornokitsch

Leckie uses familiar set pieces-an expansionist galaxy-spanning empire, a protagonist on a single-minded quest for justice-to transcend space-opera conventions in innovative ways. This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch closely - Publisher’s Weekly

Leckie's debut gives casual and hardcore sci-fi fans alike a wonderful read - RT Book Reviews

First rate, rollicking space-opera with plenty of action, intrigue and adventure ... a fabulous debut - The Skiffy and Fanty Show

A sharply written space opera . . . tackling ideas about politics and gender in a way that's both engaging and provacative . . . a gripping read that's well worth a look - SFX Magazine

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“A fresh new genre breaker!”

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