My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It took me forever to get through this because I kept picking it up and putting it down. (It was an ebook so mostly read it on my phone on the subway.Also, I have no focus lately.)
That said, I enjoyed it every time I picked it up, and I remembered the complicated plot and cast of characters even when weeks went by between reading sessions. The story is vivid and interesting and compelling. A specially adapted soldier carries out a self-assigned mission that questions one of the founding principles of an empire very dependent on artificial intelligence. I loved that everyone has female pronouns. I loved the elaboration of the empire’s protocol/etiquette rituals. I want to read the rest of the trilogy. Docked one star for not ever making me drop everything and just finish it.
Recommendation: If you like space adventure and you like the Borg episodes of Star Trek, you will probably like this book