Tiemen: Wow, just freakin’ wow. Breq, the protagonist, is probably the most interesting character I have come across in a while now. Neither male nor female, and not exactly human, Breq is an artificial mind trapped in a human body that used to be a large starship. Yes, you read that correctly.
This is a bit of a cerebral story, following the literary tradition of the great Ursula Le Guin. It is also a political intrigue – la Dune and an almost sociological essay about power, gender and obedience. Leckie is one of those writers whose writing will stretch your mind, making you view the world in quite a different way.
There is a persistent and ridiculous notion that women can’t write great space opera. Ancillary Justice is yet another piece of evidence that proves the folly of such an idea.