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Ann Leckie’s powerhouse debut tends to be described as a space opera first, but it has a lot to say about artificial intelligence. Breq was the mind of a starship, controlling each of its functions as well as thousands of altered human bodies-turned-ancillary soldiers. When her ship is destroyed, her entire intelligence remains in a single ancillary as she embarks on a years-long quest for revenge. Breq is a fascinating subject, one who demonstrates both sides of the intelligence equation, mechanical and meat. The stark differences between the two mean she has to navigate her way using every instinct she has left.
Ancillary Justice is among Jeff Somers's top five sci-fi novels that explore gender in unexpected and challenging ways.