On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.
I am gonna be totally honest here. I was lost for like the first 100 pages. My brain was one big ? I had no idea what I was reading. And when I finished I was still a bit ?!?!?.But the book was still so good, so even though I was lost in a cloud of confusion I could still not put it down. Weird...so weird.
I am just gonna simplify the shit out of things so my brain can keep track even years after so I know wtf I am talking about.
Ok, we have a spaceship. We have lots of bodies, I forgot, all dead or not? Anyway The AI in the ship is in all of them. So like zombie army walking around all linked to the ship. All doing their own thing, all being everywhere. Oh, like the Borg? Let's say that brain.
And that is why the book is so bloody confusing. First we have the wtf are these things? Then there is the whole aspect of one zombie drone talking to someone, while another one is talking far away to someone else. Not to mention that the ship thinks of everyone as She. So I feel like the entire universe is female. Good for us, but yes I see someone as female, later see they are male, but still talked about as female.
But then I got the hang of things..sort of. We see "Breq" 20 years before and now when she has saved someone frozen for 1000 years. And Breq is what is left of the ship.
And then there is some kind of "evil" ruler who also has lots of bodies, whaaat? Nooo, more confusion..you will see.
But damn the book was good, if I hadn't been so confused it would have been a 4. But even in my confusion I never wanted to put it down.
Paperback, 386 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Orbit
Imperial Radch #1