Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

My book for May is Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. This is a sequel to Ancillary Justice that I read in 2014. I read this book on the Kindle app on my iPhone and iPad.

The book does a nice job of continuing to build out the universe and the main character. While I feel like the main plot was not substantial enough, I probably need to reserve judgement until I read the third book.

Like the first book, society does not distinguish people by gender. In this context, I am not quite sure how to interpret the interactions of some of the characters.

I had an odd experience with the ending of the books. Reading along in the Kindle app, I thought I had about 30 pages left and the story ended somewhat abruptly. The remaining pages were the first chapter of another book that the publisher was promoting... I really didn't expect the book to end where it did.

Overall, I give the book a grade of B-. It is clearly a bridge to the finale of the trilogy. The book moves the characters around and puts them in position for the end of the story. My final grade for this book probably needs to depend on how well the third book wraps up the trilogy. At least, I enjoyed this book more than I did the second book in Cixin Liu's trilogy...

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