|Published on||1 October 2013|
|Published by||Orbit Books|
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie's debut novel, is the first book of a space opera trilogy titled the Imperial Radch. It was published to critical acclaim in October 2013. The book follows Breq, the sole survivor of a starship destroyed by treachery, and the vessel of that ship's artificial consciousness, as she attempts to revenge herself on the ruler of her civilization.
A notable concept of the novel is that the dominant human society it depicts, the Radch, does not distinguish people by gender – which Leckie conveys by using female personal pronouns for everybody, or by having the Radchaai main character guess wrongly when she has to use languages with gender-specific pronouns.
On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.