Translation State

432 pages

English language

Published Oct. 12, 2023

ISBN:
978-0-316-28971-9
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5 stars (6 reviews)

Qven was created to be a Presger translator. The pride of their Clade, they always had a clear path before them: learn human ways, and eventually, make a match and serve as an intermediary between the dangerous alien Presger and the human worlds. The realization that they might want something else isn't "optimal behavior". I's the type of behavior that results in elimination.

But Qven rebels. And in doing so, their path collides with those of two others. Enae, a reluctant diplomat whose dead grandmaman has left hir an impossible task as an inheritance: hunting down a fugitive who has been missing for over 200 years. And Reet, an adopted mechanic who is increasingly desperate to learn about his genetic roots—or anything that might explain why he operates so differently from those around him.

As a Conclave of the various species approaches—and the long-standing treaty between the humans and the …

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reviewed Translation State by Ann Leckie (Imperial Radch)

good, with ancillary fan service

4 stars

Two bizarre alien-stories-who-are-people meet in a challenge of caring over identity and belonging, with mostly-comic reminders of Leckie's prior exploration of this space as mediators and judges at the sidelines of a serious gulf.

reviewed Translation State by Ann Leckie (Imperial Radch)

Another wonderful entry in the Radch++ universe.

5 stars

Leckie continues to build worlds and cultures that turn a lens back onto contemporary struggles around identity and sovereignty. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have read her other Radch books as they do build on some earlier stories and a few characters turn up again. There is also a deeper dive into the Presgers (or at least the Presger Translators), but the author does a great job keeping terrible mysteries mysterious.

Finally, a slight spoiler, in this installment Leckie fixes the greatest flaw in her universe: the lack of coffee. I applaud her courage in bringing this beverage into a heretofore tea-centric narrative.

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