Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie
Breq was once a spaceship–specifically, she was the Justice of Toren, an interstellar voyager who could control hundreds of bodies, called “ancillaries,” at once. These days, she’s a single person, one who loves music and carries the memories of a betrayal that happened twenty years ago. Her slow, determined search for revenge is interrupted by the discovery of a person who once served on Justice of Toren, now drug-addled and stranded on a cold, distant planet. Ann Leckie’s first novel is a thick, contemplative space opera that twines Breq’s past and present together in a thoroughly alien landscape. Fans of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness may find in Breq’s story satisfying parallels to Genly Ai’s journey across the planet Gethen. A worthy addition to the world of space-faring stories.