What I loved most about this book were the characters. Ingray is not a stereotypical strong female character she’s on the verge of tears most of the time and has a whole load of anxiety. It’s refreshing.
I also like how this book is focused on Ingray and a small number of people around her. It’s smaller scope than the Ancillary books. I’ve only read the first one and for whatever reason it didn’t stick in my head. I’m planning on re-reading it at some point.
I love the gender fluidity and queer relationships. It’s great that none of the characters care about sexual orientation and it’s not even pointed out.
The only thing is I listened to this as an audio book and I think I missed bits and pieces because I was driving or doing other things at the same time so I really want to listen to it again. I’m still amazed at how someone can do so many different accents and voices so well that I know which character is speaking. This is only the third audio book I’ve listened to so I can only compare it to Artemis and Alien: out of the shadows but this is as good as both of them.
I really want their to be a sequel because I love the characters but it also ended in a really satisfying way. So I’d want the sequel to have a different main character and explore this little part of the Ancillary universe some more.
The only reason I haven’t given this five stars is that I don’t love it as a whole. It changed direction so many times I got pulled out of the story. I didn’t really mind it going where it wanted to but the thought would cross my mind that I’ve got no idea where this is going. And really you want to be so totally engrossed that you’re not thinking about the ending at all, just about what’s going to happen next.