Another entry in the “book covers that have nothing to do with the plot” awards. Expecting big space battles? A maverick fighter pilot who plays by his own rules? Nope, nope, and nope.
Instead, you’ll get a detailed look at AI sentience! Haha! To be fair, One Esk was a ship. A part of a ship. She was one of many ancillaries, bodies of former humans co-opted to become living AI hybrids. Now, she is alone. And she’s on a quest for vengeance. Or is it just a logical conclusion of her programming?
It can be quite confusing. Which is how you know it’s smart. Right? I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite my inability to grasp the minute details. I at least understood the larger picture. Ann Leckie has done a wonderful job, getting into the mind of an AI pretending to be human, and largely succeeding.
Through and through sci-fi. I’m interested to see how the series goes on, because it appears they wrapped up all the twists and turns introduced early in the book. But from what I hear, it’s a great trilogy.
3.5 out of 4 stars