Three of the issues examined in these books are, first, the status of women in the post-apocalyptic world; second, the question of whether and to what extent women should use violence to defend themselves; and finally, the subject of gender and identity.
A Chinese series may have 13 billion “legitimate” views, an incredibly well-received Korean and Japanese syndication, and popular fan translations into various languages . . . and yet raise not one whisper in Anglophone media discourse.
Ancillary Justice is an astoundingly assured and graceful debut novel, wedding a complicated structure to three-dimensional characters and multiple interesting SFnal ideas. The novel's core questions are not new to speculative fiction, but they are combined in ways which shed new light on them, and Leckie never allows anything to resolve into a simple answer.
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