Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
This was more of a light and quick read than I expected. Diving into a new sci-fi author, I always worry that the story will get bogged down in explanations of technology and inter-worlds/inter-species politics, but that's not the case with this book. Leckie provides a good story and interesting characters that carried me along atop the politics, allowing me to understand just what I needed to for the story and not worry too deeply about the rest. Thankfully, there is very little detail on the technology, so I didn't need to apply any of my very rusty (and rudimentary) science/physics/etc. skills here.
I picked this one up on recommendation of a friend, particularly for the narrator, but didn't realize until the end that this is the 4th book in a series, although supposedly it works as a standalone, as only the universe, rather than any major characters, carries over from the prior 3 books. I think this story might have been easier to follow, if I had read the others in the series, but I picked up enough to still enjoy it very much. I've put the first book of the series on hold at the library.
Audiobook, with an excellent performance by Adjoa Andoh, so the unfamilar names and pronouns made this story a little difficult to follow, but the excellent audio performance helped make it a smooth journey.