Translation State

Translation State

Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 08/06/2023
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Translation State
A masterful return
Translation State is Ann Leckie's first novel in four years, and her first return to the universe that made her name in six; it follows the Imperial Radch ... READ MORE
D Franklin (Glasgow Sauchiehall St)


The mystery of a missing translator sets three lives on a collision course that will have a ripple effect across the stars in this powerful new novel by award-winning author Ann Leckie. 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 Presger is on the line - the decisions of all three will have ripple effects across the stars. Masterfully merging space adventure and mystery, and a poignant exploration about relationships and belonging, Translation State is a triumphant new standalone story set in Leckie's celebrated Imperial Radch universe.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780356517919
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 660g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 42 mm

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Translation State
A book focusing on identity, family and friendship
I read ‘Ancillary Justice’ many years ago. I couldn’t remember much of the story, but did remember that I really liked it, and wanted to read more by the ... READ MORE
Rosemary Standeven
Translation State
Another brilliant read from Leckie
Translation State is a delicious serving of SF, taking place in a universe so odd I don't how Leckie imagined it, let alone made the story into something a... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
Translation State
A story focusing on identity, family and friendship
The book tells the story of three individuals: Mx Enae Athtur; Reet Hluid and Qven. All feel, for one reason or another, that they do not belong in the e... READ MORE
Rosemary Standeven