It has been a while since I’ve written a formal review. Life tends to do that. So here are my thoughts about the newest novel from Ann Leckie, titled Provenance.
I should preface this review with three statements. First, I received this ARC for free through Goodreads First reads. Second, I have never read anything from Leckie and consequentially have not read the trilogy which occurs in the same universe, but does not preclude this standalone. Lastly, I am not a huge fan of spacey-science-fiction. It just doesn’t usually jam with me.
With that said, I will be rating this as a 3/5, which, for me, means that I enjoyed it, but it didn’t wow me. And that’s a fairly good representation of my thoughts. Provenance had a good story. It kept me engrossed enough so that I was able to read more than half of it in two days, but to label this as easy to understand without having read the other books is at least a gross mistake. I knew nothing of the universe coming in and know that my enjoyment of the book suffered because of such. If you are looking to read this book, do yourself a favor and start elsewhere, or you may find yourself frustrated.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your purview), this book has not sold me on any of Leckie’s other works. I have no desire go back and find the preceding trilog(y/ies). It would’ve been a tough sell, ultimately, because like I said, I’m not a huge space science-fiction reader. I am, however, always looking for an unexpectedly-enjoyable read. This one, however, did not achieve that status for me.
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