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In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties: to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak—but which speaks through her, whether she likes it or not.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Another engrossing tale!
Fascinating look at personal and societal transformation. Helen Keller like aliens meet Anne Sullivan Cho.
Reminiscent of Niven and Pournelle's, "The Mote in God's Eye" but told from a completely different perspective and set in a fully new world. Wonderfully written, easy to follow but with many twists and turns. One of my three favorite scifi books ever.
This whole book is the author stroking his ego. It's like he sat down with a thesaurus and dictionary to write it. Boring, hard to follow, and snobby.