Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch)
After I finished reading the final Iain M.Banks novel I was craving more galaxy-spanning space opera. The premise of Ancillary Justice with its description of "ship minds" led me to believe that this could be picking up the baton from the Culture series. It isn't. This is an entirely different civilisation, one where song-collecting and tea ceremonies have as much value as weapons and spacecraft. Ancillary Justice probes at the deepest questions of identity, both cultural and personal. As well as being beautifully-written, it's also a rollicking good revenge thriller.
-- @adactio, March 2016.