Too alien - DNF at 50%

Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie

Why did I even decide to read this? I’m not sure. I didn’t like the first book of the series (here is my review) but at least I was able to finish it. I couldn’t finish this one. The action was very slow, and all the author did between the action bits was moralizing and philosophizing.

She attempts to teach me what’s right and what’s wrong, digging deep into the concepts of conscience and honor, but she is doing it using the world that is too alien and too weird to touch my heart. And the protagonist Breq – a machine in a human body – isn’t even remotely sympathetic. She is too cold, too cerebral. Her approach to conscience is brainy, while for most of us, humans, conscience comes from the guts. Breq’s morals are nonexistent and her honor belongs to a robot. Both morality and honor are exclusively human concepts, and she is clearly not human.

The entire story (or rather the part that I read) is bleak and chilly. There is nothing human there.