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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Record of a Spaceborn Few
Author: 
Becky Chambers
Series Name: 
Wayfarers
Genre: 
Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: July 31st, 2018
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Australia
Rating:
4 star

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From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope

The incredible new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the belovedThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

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*Throughout this whole review I will refer to the previous books in this series as ‘Book 1’ & ‘Book 2’ as the titles are just so long!
Book 1 = A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Book2 = A Closed and Common Orbit

Okay, first off. I did receive an eARC of this book, however, I did not read the eARC, I waited for the audiobook to release and listened to that. I listened to the first two books in this series on audiobook & when I tried reading this book, it just didn’t feel right. So I waited 2 days and listened to the audiobook.

I highly recommend the audiobooks for this series! They are really well done and I enjoy them a lot. It also may make it easier to read via audiobook as this is a slower, very character driven series with not a tonne of huge plot points. So the audiobooks were awesome.

Next, I didn’t like this one as much as the first two books in the series. This series is made up of companion novels. So we follow different characters in each book. Book 1 followed the crew of a ship with the main character being a human woman. The next book follows an AI that we meet in book 1 and her adventures after the events of book 1. This book does not follow any of the characters we have met before and also takes place directly after book 1. So the events of Book 2 & Book 3 actually happened at the same time. Which I thought was interesting.

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As for why I didn’t like this one as much as the first two. I think the main thing is because this one follows multiple points of view. In Book 1 we follow 1 POV in Book 2 we follow 2 POV and in this one we follow 5 (well 6 actually but the 6th is actually a characters documentation of meeting with humans. It made it a little more difficult to connect with the characters. We still get to know them but I just didn’t have that same connection that I had with the MCs from Books 1 & 2.

I did enjoy that we got to meet another species up close in this book. We meet a Harmagian named Ghuh’loloan. So that was really interesting. In previous books, we met other species but hadn’t gotten to know a Harmagian before. I love how other species react to humans sometimes. It’s amusing as! In Book 2 another species (I can’t remember which it was) meets a human and the human cries and the other species freaks out. It was just hilarious.
All of the species in this book are so thought out and written so well that they feel real.

In this book we explore more of the human side of things and how they are living in space however many years after they had to leave earth. We also learn about some of the jobs and just how life runs there which was quite interesting.

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This one has very little plot to it. There is a rather big event that happens in the beginning and everything kind of stems from that. There are a couple other events that stem because of that event but the book is mostly about learning about the characters and their lives.

Because of the lack of plot, this book kinda stopped a little abruptly. I was just listening, looked down at my phone and realised I was on the last chapter. It still ended nicely but because there wasn’t a huge plot point and then a resolution and conclusion, it just didn’t feel like the end.

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I did enjoy all of our main characters. First, we have Isabel who works in the archives and lives with her Wife Tamsin. She is also the one that has the Harmagian, Ghug’loloan staying as a guest. I loved reading her interactions with Ghuh’loloan, there is a lot of sharing of info as the Ghuh’lolaon is very curious about the Exodans. I really enjoyed both Isabel & Ghuh’lolan & Tamsin too for that matter. Isabel is such a kind, intelligent person. Tamsin is a little more fun but also strong minded. I also just love Isabel & Tamsin together. They are an older couple but still go out and do ‘young people’ things together and have fun. Ghuh’lolan is really nice too and also amusing when it comes to interacting with other humans and things that humans see as normal.

Next is Tessa. Tessa is married to George & mum to Aya & Ky. Tessa is just living life, working and looking after her family, including her rather stubborn father. George is away for work so she is left to look after Ky & Aya. Ky is only 2, so he is very active and hilarious at excuses. Aya is I think around 6-8 I don’t remember and she is very strong-willed. Tessa is an interesting character but probably my least favourite out of the MCs. Just because I don’t feel like I got to know her as much as others.

Eyas is our next MC and she has quite an interesting job. I won’t go into details though. She is very passionate about what she does but it makes it difficult for her to make real connections. I love her friendship/thing with Sunny. It was very natural and he is just so nice. Eyas just wants to help wherever she can and do what she thinks is right.

Sawyer is an outsider that moves to the Exodus Fleet. He just wanted change and is just trying to figure out how to live in the Fleet. It’s fun watching him trying to navigate this new life & he just wants to fit into life with the Fleet.

Lastly, we have Kip. Who is a teenager, still going to school, trying to figure out what to do with life. He is quite a sensible and kind kid and tries to do right. He sometimes gets led astray by his friend, but he sorts it out in the end. He is a nice guy and just wants to find his place in the world. Well not world, in the universe.

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Even if I didn’t love this one as much as Book 1 & 2 I still loved it. It has an amazing diverse change of characters. EXCELLENT world building & unique ‘alien’ species. What more could you want from a heavy Sci-Fi. Usually, I complain when there is little plot but it just works so well with this series. Highly recommend the whole series!
I seriously hope this series gets more books in this world! It’s just so interesting! I would love to read from the POV of one of the alien species. That would be super interesting too.
Also just a note, you could read this one as a Standalone as it’s a completely new set of characters in a different area of the universe. It could be a little confusing as they do mention other species that don’t get explained in this one as we have already learnt all about them in the other books. But it could be done. But I do recommend the others.

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I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Australia NetGalley for this opportunity.

You can purchase a copy for yourself at any of the links below.

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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: A Closed and Common Orbit
Author: 
Becky Chambers
Series Name: 
Wayfarers
Genre: 
Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: Oct 20th, 2016
Pages: 365 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers’ beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effectand Star Wars.

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So first off, generally I don’t review audiobooks unless there was something I really want to talk about, like with The Kiss of Deception. So for that reason, I didn’t review The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which is the first book in this series. But I absolutely loved it! It is an amazing, interesting and diverse Sci-Fi and I highly recommend it.
Now, for this book, I have decided to do a mini review as I received the 3rd book in the series from NetGalley and will be reading and reviewing it.

I want to say that this is the 2nd time I have tried to read this book. These books are actually companion novels and when I first picked up A Closed and Common Orbit I didn’t know that. So I was quite disappointed as I really liked the MC & characters from Book 1. For that reason, I just couldn’t get into the book and ended up putting it down. When I saw book 3 on NetGalley I just had to request it, but that meant I really needed to read this one, so I gave it another go and loved it!

Now, onto the actual review.

First off, these books are generally not action-packed. There are a couple spots that there is some action but these books are more on the character-driven side. Which usually I don’t love but something about this book and these characters made me love that it was more character-driven!

This is a huge Sci-Fi world set a long way in the future and because of that, there is a lot of scientific & technological discoveries that have been made. Space Travel, AIs & a tonne of Alien species are the main things. This world is extremely well developed and you get to know a lot of new species that literally feel real they are developed and thought out so well.

Then there is the diversity. The main new diversity we see in this book is a human character with a speech impediment. Which is something I don’t think I have read in a book before.
There is also a tonne of other diversity, however, I don’t think it’s really considered diverse. Like I said in this world there are tonnes of new alien species and all of those species are different. So that is why it isn’t really diverse, because it is just normal for these species. Either way, it is awesome.

Let me break down the species that we have met so far. This isn’t all the information about each.
Aandrisk – We meet an Aandrisk in book one. This species has reptilian features but feathers on their head. Aandrisks are a very physical species, when with each other they are nearly always touching, cuddling, etc. They are also very chill about sex and don’t care what gender their partner is.
Aeluon – We get to know and Aeluon in Book two. Aeluon’s don’t speak or hear. They communicate with colour in their cheeks. But they do have a voice box technology so they can communicate with other species. In the Aeluon species, there are different groups.  Firstly, we have the main group that changes from male to female regularly and are considered fully male or female depending on what they are at the time. Next, during an Aeluon’s life, while female, they can become fertile, but generally only once or twice in their life. They stay female throughout the childbirth. Next, we have the young which are considered gender neutral until they begin to shift & also the elderly who can no longer shift. Also in this species being a Parent is a full-time job. There are groups of males that when a female becomes pregnant they care for her and then when the baby is born they take over as the parent so that the mother can go back to normal life. The mother is still in the child’s life but they believe that the process of parenting is very important and entrust their child to those that are trained and educated on the matter.
Sianat – This one is a little less known yet but from what I remember they are intelligent species. Sianat Pairs are caused due to a virus in the early years. This virus is meant to give them all knowledge of space (I Think). The Host & the virus are considered two beings (in one body) but are collective as a Sianat Pair. They prefer the pronouns of ‘They’ & ‘We’ rather than individual or gender pronouns.
Grum – We meet a Grum in book 1. This species is nearly extinct due to war among themselves. The Grum change gender throughout their life. They start as female and then change to male and then lastly turn to something in-between.
Then there is Humans, AIs and ‘Clones’ (Kinda, it’s a little confusing). Also, there are Quelin, Harmagian, Laru & Toremi but I don’t know enough about them to explain it.

So overall this is an incredibly well-developed world which is amazing to engross yourself in. The characters are awesome and the plot is really interesting! I can’t wait until I can get to book 3!!

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