ancillaries [book review]


“When you’re doing something like this (…) the odds are irrelevant. You don’t need to know the odds. ”

After completing the first volume of Anne Lecke’s Ancilary books, I bought both following volumes in the trilogy. Alas these two books were quite disappointing when compared with the first one. Even though there still was some action present in those volumes, the scope was awfully limited, mostly filled with dialogues between the ship AI and characters on the spaceship and on a local planet. And endless cups of tea that bored even the tea addict in me. The space opera somewhat turned into a closet opera with about the same level of action as when brooms fall out of the said closet! The last book ends up (small spoiler) with the creation of a local republic and the move to more autonomy of the AIs involved in spaceships and space stations. There are a few interesting digs into this direction of what constitutes intelligence and sentience, but the pace is way too sluggish and I had trouble completing the books, as the excitement of the initial book was lost. I think this is another trilogy that would have truly benefited from a global editing, rather than (apparently) building from the first volume…

2 Responses to “ancillaries [book review]”

  1. this series seems pretty polarizing – people either really love it, or really didn’t care for it. I barely made it through the first book, so i never read further.

    I’m hoping the author puts out some new fiction that’s totally different, because I’d like to give her work another chance.

    • Thanks. The first book was brilliant in my opinion (and in many others’, witness the awards), it is just the sequel got so mundane and navel-grazing to fail to keep up with this first volume.

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