I came into Ancillary Justice just knowing that it was associated with some recent controversies in scifi because an element of the book is that the main character’s native language doesn’t include gendered pronouns and the gender-neutral pronoun is represented here by “she” pronouns. And sure, that’s there and it definitely made me think about language and my assumptions about what gender a person might be. But I’ve seen the book described several places as though that was the only plot element of the book. And that’s ridiculous. This is a star-spanning, multi-millennial story whose protagonist is the sole remaining body of a once starship controlling AI. It’s one of the best scifi books I’ve read in years. Reducing it to an interesting linguistic choice is dumb.
FuzzyCo grade: A+