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Leckie's Ancillary series is a recent favorite of mine, and if you like those books, then there are plot conceits and themes this story has in common with "Ancillary" that you should find interesting. Every character identifies as (and is biologically) female while the protagonist struggles to understand her purpose and identity itself. The fundamental difference between "Legion" and "Ancillary" is the former's throbbing, "organic" universe compared to the "artificial" element to the latter's machine-assisted existential origins.
The world-sized "ships" in "Legion" and their inhabitants are fleshy things that excrete blood, mucus and feces at the slightest provocation. Why the author chose to slather almost every paragraph with so much bile, intestines and afterbirth is not completely understood by this reader. The important themes and a realistic topography could have been conveyed with less than half the gore.
It's not that the blood and guts are hard to stomach (which some readers will struggle with) but that the descriptions of puss, cancerous sores and shit are just so repetitive. Perhaps it's necessary constantly be reminded of the relationship between human and ecological bodies as systems through this scaler extrapolation? It certainly caused this reader to think about the relationship between biology, creation and determinism, but that may just be one person's projection? Plus, this is what good story telling can and should do, so while I'm wary of the necessity, there is a purpose being served through the muck.
The political story and basic plot points are built upon multi-layered betrayals and motivations. This makes the characters interesting, if a bit unlikeable. But the protagonist's journey and development are compelling enough to propel the story.
There's little science in this fiction and none of the bizarre forces and "technology" at work here are given even a perfunctory hand-waving. Fans of military, hard or even heavily abstracted sci-fi may be disappointed by the fantasy-in-space feel. The word "magic" isn't used, but the monsters and physical forces at work in this universe are deeply fantastical. But genre non-purists, especially those that factor diversity and convention-busting gender explorations should enjoy many of the ideas and characters presented in "Legion".
I may not be extremely attracted to the ever-increasingly explored themes in "Legion". Yet, to Hurley's credit, the author manages to cut through the tonnage of gore to present ideas that matter with characters that can be cared about.
Oh, a final audio-only comment about the book; the narration by both performers is excellent. I will look for stories featuring these narrators again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Kameron Hurley has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary authors. Her books are filled with original storylines, strong female characters, and a much-needed feminist perspective in the genre. Hurley has managed an intriguing story and an immense undertaking at world-building so intrinsically enmeshed withing the story there is no separation of the two. I simply can't wait to devour more stories from this author. Thank you, Ms. Hurley!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This was a good concept. Took a while to get into but enjoyed the two storylines.
The narration was a little wooden but not enough to detract from a good story
I was a little overwhelmed at the beginning but it pays off in the end.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
poor story line horribly connected. no real answers given about anythinf really. the performance is the only thing good about this audiobook
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is such a fascinating, immersive book set on enormous organic-tech worlds complete with saliva and mucous. The female inhabitants (there is one gender) are warring and entrenched in Machiavellian power struggles to overthrow and control the least damaged of the Legion’s worlds. The world building is truly amazing, very squelchy and worth the listen alone. It is violent and visceral, loving and intimate. I do not want to reveal the plot, as the book has a great sense of mystery and a journey that is definitely a quest. Very unusual, very well done. Not for all tastes. I first gave it four stars but on contemplation it gets five.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
well it was a story. Maybe it had a point not too sure what. I think I liked it!