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Provenance Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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"There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could."―John Scalzi
"More intriguing cultures to explore, more characters to care about, more Leckie to love."―Kirkus
"Character-centered space opera from one of SF's brightest stars."―Library Journal
"A perfect follow-up to the trilogy."―The New York Times
"The trademarks of Leckie's talent are on display, with even more worlds for readers to discover and some teasing overlap with her previous series. But what makes this book is watching Ingray overcome her poor self-esteem and discover who she actually wants to be, demonstrating again the genre's capacity to tell compelling, human stories."―RT Book Reviews
"The intricacies and oddities are a delight.... A thrill for fans of heists and capers."―Washington Post
"A careful look at how no one's immune from politics, even if they think themselves outside the fray . . . A story about the necessity of exploring the edges of the known."―NPR
"[Leckie] raises provocative questions about identity, family and self-esteem. By the end, both neophytes and longtime Leckie fans are likely to be pleased."―The San Francisco Chronicle
"The trappings of widescreen sci-fi, and the attention to character, to the small moments, to the inner lives of those living through outsized events . . . Just read it."―B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
"Complex and beautiful."―SYFY Wire
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Provenance is wonderful in that it not only brings us back to that universe, it gives readers a new perspective on it, outside of the Radch and of many other human and alien groups making their way in a complicated galaxy. It is fun to read about the repercussions of Breq's adventures.
The character development and world building talent Leckie exhibited in the Ancillary Trilogy are again on display. However they seem a tad more perfunctory this time around. The characters are a little too predictable and polished. The narrative just a bit too streamlined and deus ex machina'd. It is still a fantastic book - one I could barely put down - but not quite up to the authors own lofty standards. It reads like a very good book by a very talented author who need to write another book.
All that said, Provenance is immensely fun. If you liked the world of the Ancillary Trilogy you will love this new addition. It's fast and fun and absolutely worth reading.
This book is very heavy on human politics, and a bit of alien politics as well. You might get a little lost if you don't pay attention, but I found it all very interesting. On the other hand, the book is also about Ingray's relationship with her family and I found that downright fascinating. Her family is very complex, all the individuals conniving about with various shades of likable, enigmatic, and douche.
By far the most amusing thing is the aliens. The Geck are always very surprising and relentless. I also kept wondering about this future Conclave they kept talking about; it was also mentioned in Ancillary Mercy and I really, really want to see more books in this universe.
The pronoun gimmick threw me for a loop this time and not in a pleasant way, but well… this is Ann Leckie we’re talking about here and the general rule with her books is that if you can’t play nice with non-binary pronoun usage then you shouldn’t get on the ride. Eventually I got past my instinctual gag reflex at which point I found myself impressed with what she had done here. The highlight had to be a few notable sentences where she uses these pronouns to make language puns (in the narration, not character dialogue), which I found both clever and delightful.
The optimal reading time for this book feels like a day or so. I would suggest spending a Saturday or Sunday sitting on a couch with this book in one hand and glass of tea in the other. If your tastes run parallel to mine you won’t be disappointed.