My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an award winning book for good reason. It was well written, but above all, it was a fresh concept. Something that’s rare in SF these days. The sentient ship is an old trope, but the concept of these semi-autonomous ancillaries has oy been touched on (as far as I know.) Leckie’s dialog for the ship was truly brilliant. It felt like a really advanced AI struggling to understand and imitate humanity. Her take on gender indentification was also quite novel. Excellent book.