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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 beloved The 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 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 beloved The 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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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 beloved The 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 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 beloved The 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?

30 review for Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    If there was ever such a thing as cover porn then this series hit the nail on its head.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    * I was sent this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * "From the ground, we stand. From our ships, we live. By the stars, we hope..." This book isn't quite a direct sequel to the events of The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, but it does start at the same time as the events in tLWtaSAP are finishing up. We follow a host of entirely new host of characters, all of whom are connected to, or interested in, the Exodus Fleet. One of these characters has a tie to Ashby from the first * I was sent this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * "From the ground, we stand. From our ships, we live. By the stars, we hope..." This book isn't quite a direct sequel to the events of The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, but it does start at the same time as the events in tLWtaSAP are finishing up. We follow a host of entirely new host of characters, all of whom are connected to, or interested in, the Exodus Fleet. One of these characters has a tie to Ashby from the first book, she's his sister, but other than that, there's not a lot of connections between the characters, it's more about a new focus within the same universe. The Exodus Fleet is the fleet of space-ships specially designed by humanity to blast their culture into the stars away from Earth and to never go back. It was built at a time when humanity was desperate, and the slow shift from lone voyagers to becoming part of the GC was a long time coming. We pick up the Fleet many generations later when they have been a part of the GC for quite a few decades, and we follow a variety of people who all have an interest in the Fleet. What i love about Becky Chamber's writing is that it never feels like a big space battle, but more of a focus in on the everyday lives of those who live in this universe. She's very good at showing you a society where things are better, people are more open and accepting, and she can draw you into the narratives of the characters too. I really think her books are about people who just so happen to be in Space, as they are thought-provoking and honest and emotional. Some of the characters we follow included: - Isobel and her wife. They are some of the older members of the Fleet so they remember the time that was spent trying to convince the other alien races of the GC that Humans were a species worth inviting in. She works in the Archives, and she has a great understanding of what the Fleet stands for and what it seeks to protect. She also has a friend Harmaegeon (sp? - I don't have my copy of the book with me as I am writing this) who is interested in coming to examine the Fleet, and she brings xry in to the lifestyle there. - Eyas is a young worker who works in the Fleet as a composter and burial expert. Her time is spent preparing corpses to return to the Earth and give back to the community as they are now in Space and have limited resources Her job is vital to the survival of the Fleet, and she sees her task as a monumental one which gives value to those who have left this life. She's proud of her job, and yet she seeks something more for her Fleet. - Kip is a teenage boy who is bored with his lot in the Fleet. He's grown up here his whole life and he can't seem to find anything he particularly likes and wants to get involved in. He's a typical teen who does stupid stuff because his friends tell him to, and yet he learns a lot about his own heritage and place by the end of the story. - Tessa is the sister to Ashby (a character from tLWtaSAP) and she has two kids, Ky and Aya. They are both quite young and she spends most of her time taking care of them when she's not at work. Her aspirations aren't quite clear at the start of the book as she isn't quite clear on them herself, but she has a strong motherly desire to protect her kids and when they are later put under pressure she has to think about whether the Fleet can offer what they need. - Sawyer is an outsider to the Fleet, although he is Human and somehow generations back he's connected to them. He comes from Mushtullo which is a place of crime and hunger and he's heard that the Fleet will always feed everyone and always provide for their own. He wants to make a go of it, and so he travels to the Fleet to start a new life there. - Gol'loloha (sp? - this for sure isn't the spelling of this, but I will correct it when I have my copy in my hands) is a Harmaegeon (sp?) alien who is interested in learning about the Fleet from another point of view. Xe is not overly familiar with Human ways, and so xe comes tot he Fleet to learn and to write about it and let the other people in the GC learn about them too. The Fleet is quite insular at times, and so not too much is actually known y those who aren't a part of it and so xyr job is to inform others. What I love about this solar system is just how nice everyone is. Sure, there are plenty of bad things that happen and it's not all sunshine and roses, but the people and aliens know that the only way to survive is to be accepting and open and try to listen. I feel like the integrating of xe/xyr pronouns and same-sex couples was seamless and fit the universe. It makes perfect sense that these things would become completely 'normal' and beyond comment in a society such as the one Chambers is showing us. I love it, and I think she's done an excellent job. Overall, this was brilliant. Each story opens up the character and the universe more, and with every book in this universe (and in my opinion she could go on writing in this universe forever and I would read them all) I feel like I am more enchanted and captivated. 5*s of course, and I will be eagerly awaiting the next thing she decides to write :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    Another beautiful spaceborn story from the talented Becky Chambers following her first two Wayfarer books. While I enjoyed this book, I appreciated it slightly less than the first book Angry Planet probably due to my more masculine taste for a voyage-type story whereas Spaceborn Few is more of an internal voyage. Humanity is adjusting to centuries of living in the Fleet (sort of like Battlestar Galactica’s fleet or Leia’s ragtag Rebel fleet) as the Exodans having escaped the collapse of Earth’s Another beautiful spaceborn story from the talented Becky Chambers following her first two Wayfarer books. While I enjoyed this book, I appreciated it slightly less than the first book Angry Planet probably due to my more masculine taste for a voyage-type story whereas Spaceborn Few is more of an internal voyage. Humanity is adjusting to centuries of living in the Fleet (sort of like Battlestar Galactica’s fleet or Leia’s ragtag Rebel fleet) as the Exodans having escaped the collapse of Earth’s viability as a planet. The book follows one curious alien who is writing about the Fleet for other alien species in the Galactic Commons (GC), a few Exodans on the Fleet, and one unfortunate Grounder who comes to the Fleet out of curiosity. These lives are all loosely intertwined during the book with insights about accepting difference, accepting change, and working for the common good. It is well-written with a little less tech than the first book (and less character development than the second one). There are some concepts here for which one needs to have read the first two books: the gender- and species-neutral pronoun and term of respect, xyr and M respectively. Also, like the previous two books, there is a definite feminist bent to the story and characters which is both rare in science fiction and yet is neither overbearing or condescending- it feels natural and fluid under Chamber’s pen. These ideas - as fundamentally human as they seem to this reader - may seem heretical to some of the knuckle-dragging Trumpists now disproportionately taking up media space. Chambers’ universe is one of inclusion. A futuristic Copernican universe where the Earth, its tech, its mythologies, and its destiny are not dependent on “God’s will”, where Earth is hopelessly behind on technology and cannot survive without alien help, and where all genders and sexual choices are equally valued. This is what strikes me as the most original element to the GC: its utopian inclusiveness. One would hope that the solutions that the Fleet creates for countering greed and grift would truly work, but the current state of humanity would leave one skeptical in the extreme. I have to admit a little frustration from not hearing from Jinks and the rest of the Wayfarer crew (other than a side reference to Ashby since his sister Tess is a protagonist in Spaceborn and allusions to the events at the end of Angry Planet). I guess I'll hold on to some hope that Chambers will come back with a 4th volume to give me some closure :) A breath of fresh air (from the spaceborn grass as it were), Spaceborn Few is an agreeable read about a distant utopia whose ideals we would be remiss not to value more in the present.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I loved the first two Wayfarers books, each for different reasons. This one follows several stories inside the Exodus Fleet, the people who left Earth but weren't rich enough to move places like Mars. They've continued living and building upon the ships they left in, and have slowly created a sustaining colony. The book starts with a disaster that sets a few stories in motion. Like all Chambers books, I appreciate the focus on people and relationships, interesting aliens and their places in the u I loved the first two Wayfarers books, each for different reasons. This one follows several stories inside the Exodus Fleet, the people who left Earth but weren't rich enough to move places like Mars. They've continued living and building upon the ships they left in, and have slowly created a sustaining colony. The book starts with a disaster that sets a few stories in motion. Like all Chambers books, I appreciate the focus on people and relationships, interesting aliens and their places in the universe, and seeing the "civilization" perspective of the salvage crew that shows up. One character is an Archivist, keeping a video record of events. Another is a caretaker, welcoming those newly born to the community and aiding those who pass to contribute in other ways. One is a teenager looking for a purpose, and another is an exile from another place, looking for a home. The alternating narratives make for a quick and pleasurable read. Thanks to the publisher for giving me access to this title via Edelweiss. It comes out in the United States on 24 July, 2018.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Harris

    I was lucky enough to snag a copy of the ARC of this from my publishers, and I'll be buying the hardback version when it comes out. Yes, these books really are that good. I loved the two previous books in this (Series? Cycle?), especially the way in which the stories slot together in a non-linear fashion within an expanding fictional world, which means they can be read and re-read in any order, with equal enjoyment. And oh, how they are enjoyable - on many different levels. I have spoken before I was lucky enough to snag a copy of the ARC of this from my publishers, and I'll be buying the hardback version when it comes out. Yes, these books really are that good. I loved the two previous books in this (Series? Cycle?), especially the way in which the stories slot together in a non-linear fashion within an expanding fictional world, which means they can be read and re-read in any order, with equal enjoyment. And oh, how they are enjoyable - on many different levels. I have spoken before of the excellent characterization; the masterly exploration of diversity and the subtle treatment of different races. I may also have mentioned how engaging the world is, and how easy and pleasurable it is to immerse oneself into it again. Those things continue to be true, but I think that in some ways this book is even more subtle and accomplished than the first two. Imagine THE GRAPES OF WRATH, set in space, with all the intensity, heartbreak and tension that implies. And grieve a little for the fact that the mainstream literary world is so slow in acknowledging the scope, skill and literary value of sci-fi - although frankly, anyone who scorns sci-fi as a lesser genre really doesn't deserve to read anything as splendid as this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    Each book in this series is beautiful in its own way, but RoaSF just really hit in me in a particular way that I can't explain. There's so much humanity in Chambers' books, and while very little actually happens in terms of plot, the stories of the character unfold in a way that never feels boring.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    THAT COVER IM CRYING ITS SO BEAUTIFUL OH MY GOD THIS WHOLE SERIES IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND MAKES ME SO HAPPY AND LITERALLY MELTS MY ENTIRE INSIDES TO GOO BECAUSE ITS SO PURE N GOOD SAVE ME SAVE ME I MISSED THE CREW SO MUCH IM CRYING

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hiu Gregg

    I'm not sure if I wanna write a very long review for this one, as there are some books that you just wanna kinda... keep for yourself. Those books that you don't want to sit and analyse, because you'd rather just enjoy the fact that you've just read a great book that really got you. Recor of a Spaceborn Few is a wonderful story that made me tear up a whole bunch of times. It's an exploration of humanity, and of what society could be... But on a very relatable level. It's a slice-of-life tale abou I'm not sure if I wanna write a very long review for this one, as there are some books that you just wanna kinda... keep for yourself. Those books that you don't want to sit and analyse, because you'd rather just enjoy the fact that you've just read a great book that really got you. Recor of a Spaceborn Few is a wonderful story that made me tear up a whole bunch of times. It's an exploration of humanity, and of what society could be... But on a very relatable level. It's a slice-of-life tale about the lives of a small cast of characters, their struggles, and their dreams. There's a kid trying to discover what he wants to do with his life. There's a young adult searching for a place to call home. There's a mother trying to care for herself and her family, and there's a woman who helps others grieve when the time comes. All of this is set against the backdrop of a truly "equal" society. There's no need for money, as everyone is provided the same food and standard of living. Nobody needs to work, but they do it for the good of their community. This is the life of the Exodan Fleet, a group of humans that lives in a giant honeycomb-like system of spaceships around a star. I'm making it sound like a perfect utopia, but the beauty of this setting is that it's anything but perfect. Resources may be allocated equally, but that just means that everyone has the same sparse lifestyle, without much in the way of luxuries. To the other species in the universe... the Exodan humans are almost seen as a charity case. Becky Chambers takes the time to explore the problems and challenges of the society she has created. She presents her world to the reader without judgement, and allows them to draw their own conclusions. This is a beautiful, shining little gem of a book. It's wholesome, tragic, thoughtful, and uplifting. Somehow all at once. It took me a little while to forge a connection with the characters, but when I got it... Man, did I care. This is a fantastic addition to the Wayfarers series, and if you're a fan of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet or A Closed and Common Orbit, you should pick this up immediately. My only complaint about Becky Chamber's books is that when they're finished... They're finished. I just want to read about these characters forever.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/09/... Record of A Spaceborn Few might be my favorite Wayfarers novel yet. Structurally and thematically, it is quite unlike either of its predecessors, but these differences from book to book are what I love most about this series. First, readers got to explore the galaxy and encounter new alien species and civilizations in A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. In contrast, A Closed and Common Orbit was a smaller and more intimate 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/09/... Record of A Spaceborn Few might be my favorite Wayfarers novel yet. Structurally and thematically, it is quite unlike either of its predecessors, but these differences from book to book are what I love most about this series. First, readers got to explore the galaxy and encounter new alien species and civilizations in A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. In contrast, A Closed and Common Orbit was a smaller and more intimate affair, narrowing the scope to focus on the journeys of two outsiders who ultimately found home in each other. Likewise, this third volume in the series is a deeply personal tale, but at the core of its narrative, the novel also explores the evolution and development of human society, focusing particular attention on the shipborne descendants of the last people to leave a dying Earth. Needless to say, the anthropology student in me couldn’t help but jump for joy. Chronologically, most of the events in Record of a Spaceborn Few take place right after A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, though the story itself is a standalone. This time, Becky Chambers welcomes us to the Exodus Fleet, a collection of ancient ships home to the largest population of humans found outside the Sol system. Since their departure from Earth, generations have been born and raised here. And while some have left for greener pastures, never to return, others have chosen to stay and carry on the way of life. The Exodans have long abandoned their original goal of finding the perfect planet upon which to settle, deciding on space as their permanent home. The many centuries, however, has taken its toll on the fleet’s deteriorating hulls. In the novel’s prologue, an accident aboard the Oxomoco causes a catastrophic breach and decompression, killing tens of thousands. As the rest of the fleet rushes to provide aid, the aftermath of accident is related through the eyes of our main characters, who are still affected by memories of the horror years later. Tessa is an Exodan, sister of none other than Ashby who left the fleet years ago to captain the Wayfarer. Her daughter was just shy of five-years-old when the Oxomoco disaster occurred, the trauma of the incident etching itself onto the little girl’s psyche. Then there’s Isobel, a senior archivist who has dedicated her life to recording and preserving the history and memories of the Exodus Fleet. Whether they are happy or sad, all significant events must be documented for posterity. Another character is Eyas, a “caretaker”, the euphemistic name for a person on the fleet who handles the remains of the dead in a highly ritualized process. Nothing is wasted in space, including the bodies of those who pass. Next is Kip, a teenage boy who has no idea what he wants to do with his life, other than the fact he wants to leave the Exodus Fleet as soon as he graduates. And finally, there is Sawyer, a young man from the colony of Mushtullo who arrives at the fleet in order to find his ancestral roots—and maybe, just maybe, a chance at a new life now that there’s nothing left for him planetside. This book touched me in a profound, beautiful way. Years ago, when I was in college, I read an ethnography for class about a society of island people whose traditions were rapidly disappearing in the face of modern technology and civilization. More and more, their old ways were becoming relics of another era, and young people were leaving in droves for jobs and education on the mainland. To preserve their history and culture, the islanders who remained were a closely-knit community who fought hard to preserve their customs and beliefs that were handed down from generation to generation. I was reminded of all this, because in many ways, I saw parallels in the Exodus Fleet. For some, who can’t imagine a home anywhere else, perpetuating life on the fleet was paramount, while others who felt trapped by it were drawn to opportunities in the wider galaxy beyond. Then there are those who felt obligated to stay out of a sense of duty of guilt, or simply because this was the only life they’ve ever known. Outsiders, even those who came to discover and learn, were not always welcome and were sometimes mistrusted. And when it came to aliens—most of whom saw the Exodus Fleet as a quaint oddity at best, a futile drain on resources at worst—the emotions involved were even more confusing and contentious. This perhaps was best illustrated by the interludes featuring Ghuh’loloan, a Harmagian ethnographer who came to work with Isabel to study and write about the Exodan experience. Like the previous novels, Record of a Spaceborn Few is celebration of life, love, and hope. The antithesis to the new crop of sci-fi coming out these days featuring nihilistic themes and gritty stories and characters, the Wayfarer series honestly feels like a breath of fresh air. There is just so much heart here, the message being that the galaxy might be a big and scary place, but you can always count on the best of humanity to come out in a crisis. Once again, I’m simply astonished at the level of warmth and compassion found in the individual character’s stories. Each person is someone you can relate to, someone you can come to care deeply about. What more can I say? Becky Chambers is probably one of the most remarkable talents to break out in recent years, and even with three books under her belt in the Wayfarer series, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, I think her stories are only getting better and better. Go and read this book. Read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet too, if you haven’t already. And A Closed and Common Orbit. Read it all. You won’t regret it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Appleby-Dean

    Honestly the most forward-thinking part of Becky Chambers' books isn't the convincing alien societies or the credible, well-developed technology but in daring to imagine a future society in which people are basically decent and caring towards one another.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Another more-or-less standalone in Becky Chambers wonderfully humanist space series. This one explores life in the Exodan fleet through the viewpoints of several inhabitants. Tessa is a cargo worker and mother of two precocious young kids. Sawyer is a young immigrant to the Exodan fleet looking for something different. Isabel is an elder, an archivist in a society built in remembering. Eyas is a caretaker, basically a cross between an undertaker and a gardener. Kip is a rebellious teenager lookin Another more-or-less standalone in Becky Chambers wonderfully humanist space series. This one explores life in the Exodan fleet through the viewpoints of several inhabitants. Tessa is a cargo worker and mother of two precocious young kids. Sawyer is a young immigrant to the Exodan fleet looking for something different. Isabel is an elder, an archivist in a society built in remembering. Eyas is a caretaker, basically a cross between an undertaker and a gardener. Kip is a rebellious teenager looking for meaning in his life but finding trouble in bad influences. Each have their challenges, successes and failures, as the book explores the Exodan culture through slices of their lives. The real star of this book is the intricate society of the Exodans themselves with well thought out and described reasons why everything is as it is and looking towards both the history of the society as well as its future. The viewpoint even extends to an alien visitor, an academic friend of Isabel. As a "future history" this books works wonderully with the author's trademark care for and between her characters. That being said, I didn't love this as much as the first two, but that was mainly because of the ordinariness of the view-point characters. While this is clearly part of the whole point, taking familiar characters and jobs and placing them in a very different context, it really didn't tickle my science-fictional appreciation as much as the previous book's concentration on AIs and aliens. There are a couple of points in the book that really stuck out for me, notably Isabel's discussion with Kip and Isabel's wife's discussion with the visiting alien academic. Both say some profound things about both this future human society and putting it into the context of the wider galactic civilization. Quiet, interesting and a pleasure to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elenora

    This early review is brought to you by fate and amazing luck! I work in a book store, and we were sent a proof for whoever might want to read it, and it had been tossed on the staff table. When, during a break, I glimpsed the title on the spine, half hidden under a stack of papers and other proofs, I shrieked, making everyone jump a bit out of their chairs, and dived for it. So hey, this is a proof review, but I didn't promise anyone an honest review! No matter, let me be entirely honest: Record This early review is brought to you by fate and amazing luck! I work in a book store, and we were sent a proof for whoever might want to read it, and it had been tossed on the staff table. When, during a break, I glimpsed the title on the spine, half hidden under a stack of papers and other proofs, I shrieked, making everyone jump a bit out of their chairs, and dived for it. So hey, this is a proof review, but I didn't promise anyone an honest review! No matter, let me be entirely honest: Record Of A Spaceborn Few may simply be Chamber's best novel yet. There, I said it. I think, having sat on it a couple of days, that it's her most mature work and it bests the first two books in that way. Now, hear me out. The Long Way was so far my favourite. I enjoyed Closed and Common Orbit, and cried a few times, but I felt that the MC was a little bit annoying in her endless adolescent struggle, and the book showed somehow that this was a full time, 9 months writing project, whilst the Long Way was a 10 years pet project. If I had to put things in numbers, my own rating would be like that : Long Way: 9/10 Common Orbit: 7/10 Spaceborn Few: 10/10 Now some details : We follow a lot of characters, in lots of short chapters. Sometimes the chapters are just 3-4 pages long. This gives everything a fast pace that makes the book super hard to put down. Spaceborn Few is also a full time author's work, but it has all of the heart of Long Way, plus two whole books writing experience. The prose was really good! Becky definitely found her voice, and man, is her dialogue amazing! In the Long Way (ok, now I'll use LW, CCO, etc.), I felt like the dialogue were sometimes a little bit exaggerated, especially the two comp techs. Plus the technique of introducing a character through reading their file is considered a sort of rookie technique. It worked, it gave a lot of charm to a strong debut novel... But Spaceborn Few has none of that : the dialogue is so vibrantly real, every character on the page sounds like someone you could get to know. A lot of humour had me laughing out loud in this book, and it's often delivered through the dialogue. The way the world building was handled was also fantastic. Again if you're looking for action packed space opera, the book will disappoint. However, please bring your tissues, cause crying, in a happy, contented way or just ugly or sad, happens a lot. The plot is very human, and explores themes that mean a lot to us now and will probably mean a lot to us still in thousands of years... Tradition and its change, the way we react to foreigners, what it all means, and how hard it can be to do the right thing, the role of parents, children, and most importantly: belonging, be it to a family, a society or a species. It was all handled with care, and man DID. I. CRY. Best of warm feelings though. I was so happy when the book ended, and so sad at the same time, because it's the end of a trilogy... You go READ THIS BOOK, as soon as you can! Do it! And when Becky Chambers comes to the UK to tour and sign, I'll hound her until I can ask the burning question of whether or not she's planning to keep writing in this universe... I wish she would, it'd be amazing... But at the same time, this book was amazing in and of itself, as I've been trying to explain, in such a way that I'm now entirely comfortable with the idea of Chambers starting something entirely different and new, and I'd still pick it up. I know now that even if she goes for a basic urban fantasy plot, she'll manage to create loveable, compelling characters in plots that are enthralling despite the lack of evil villains and the absence of world-ending consequences. Becky Chambers' work is a gulp of fresh air in sci fi we should all take. Thank you so much for this amazing trilogy, and waiting now eagerly to hand-sell your books like hot red coaster buns. Also for the day I get my beloved proof dedicated! And for your next work... Yes, so looking forward to your future as an author!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    4.5 stars I wasn't sure about this when I started, but it really grew on me. The story is much more understated than in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and the sequel, A Closed and Common Orbit. What all three books do have in common, however, is that they are intensely character focused, and the characters are engaged in reevaluating their lives, and what it means to be a person. Unlike many other books of this genre, Record of a Spaceborn Few doesn't use a central conflict to drive the sto 4.5 stars I wasn't sure about this when I started, but it really grew on me. The story is much more understated than in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and the sequel, A Closed and Common Orbit. What all three books do have in common, however, is that they are intensely character focused, and the characters are engaged in reevaluating their lives, and what it means to be a person. Unlike many other books of this genre, Record of a Spaceborn Few doesn't use a central conflict to drive the story, but instead looks the ordinary struggle of the average person in their daily life. The citizens of the Exodan fleet are humans who left Earth behind generations ago, and have since redefined their human culture into something unique. But is living in this place and in these circumstances enough? What does it mean to live a fulfilling life? Ultimately I found this to be a relatable story that follows several different, yet wholly average, people in their personal quests to answer these questions.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    look! at! the! cover! "But this is old history. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but outsiders have seldom seen. Exodans take great pride in their community and traditions, but the cultures from beyond their bulkheads have profoundly influenced their own. Those who have not yet left for alien cities and terrestrial colonies are left grappling with questions: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain among the stars when there are ha look! at! the! cover! "But this is old history. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but outsiders have seldom seen. Exodans take great pride in their community and traditions, but the cultures from beyond their bulkheads have profoundly influenced their own. Those who have not yet left for alien cities and terrestrial colonies are left grappling with questions: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain among the stars when there are habitable worlds within reach? How can they maintain their carefully balanced way of life — and is it worth saving at all? Record of a Spaceborn Few unravels this complicated reality through a cast of new voices: A young apprentice unsure of his future. A lifelong spacer who wonders if her children might be better suited for the ground. A planet-raised traveler. An alien academic. A caretaker for the dead. And of course, the Archivist, who ensures no one’s story is forgotten." The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - ★★★★★ A Closed and Common Orbit - TBD

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hannah (fullybookedreviews)

    THAT COVER! THAT BLURB!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alice, as in Wonderland

    *SCREAMS* I am so ready to be devastatingly loved and buoyed by a book. THE TEARS ARE READY TO BE SHED.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiger

    I have feelings. My favorite out of the three

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ali (the bandar blog)

    While this one was my least favorite of the three, it still has ALL of the sci-fi charm and warm fuzzy moments that the others have. Becky is so good at making her book endings give you chills, and she did not fail here: each of the character's last chapters made me teary-eyed, hopeful, happy, curious, and thoughtful. Why did I like this one the least? - It focuses a lot more on humans than the other two. (I ADORED the AI/alien aspect of the other two, so the fact that this had a lot less of it While this one was my least favorite of the three, it still has ALL of the sci-fi charm and warm fuzzy moments that the others have. Becky is so good at making her book endings give you chills, and she did not fail here: each of the character's last chapters made me teary-eyed, hopeful, happy, curious, and thoughtful. Why did I like this one the least? - It focuses a lot more on humans than the other two. (I ADORED the AI/alien aspect of the other two, so the fact that this had a lot less of it was bound to be something I didn't enjoy as much). - It really has one setting. You get to know that setting quite well, but in the previous books I really enjoyed seeing the different worlds. - For some reason this one took me quiet a while to get into. I think bouncing around all of the different perspectives (there were 5, I think?) made it a little harder to settle in and get comfy. That being said, Becky is a wizard at writing about space and making it SO RELATABLE to our life. I can't emphasize this enough. She is incredible! I read these books and am repeatedly astounded by her skill. She is smart about the technology (enough so that you don't feel skeptical about how things are working in the context of the worlds she is writing in) and is sensitive to alien/foreigner cultures and feelings despite the face that they're completely fiction. It's so impressive. If you enjoyed her other two, or even if you enjoyed one of them, I would highly recommend reading this one. Bravo Becky!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Man did I pick a good time to read this book. Becky Chambers' books are fairly described as being warm hugs in book form, and that was exactly what I needed this week. There's not a huge amount of plot, just people. (Not necessarily human people, but people all the same.) They live their lives, they have their struggles and their triumphs. And it doesn't matter how big or small those struggles and triumphs are on an absolute scale, they're significant for the people involved. It reminds me of a mo Man did I pick a good time to read this book. Becky Chambers' books are fairly described as being warm hugs in book form, and that was exactly what I needed this week. There's not a huge amount of plot, just people. (Not necessarily human people, but people all the same.) They live their lives, they have their struggles and their triumphs. And it doesn't matter how big or small those struggles and triumphs are on an absolute scale, they're significant for the people involved. It reminds me of a moment from Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novel series. At one point a person who managed to live for centuries finally dies, and meets Death. He says something along the lines of "A few hundred years - I did pretty well, didn't I?" And Death responds with, "You had a lifetime - the same as everyone else."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This one didn't have much plot. It's mostly just about the lives of people on the fleet. I kept waiting and waiting for something more to happen, but it never did. It didn't feel like a slow read, it was just that there isn't really anything going on. I kept waiting for all the characters to meet up, or for some bad guy to enter the picture - sorry to spoil it for anyone, but none of that happens.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren James

    As a massive fan of Becky Chambers, it's saying something that this is my favourite of her books so far. It follows the lives of several humans all living aboard the Exodus fleet - a group of spaceships built when Earth became uninhabitable, which the poorer population built from scavenged metal to escape the planet. The richer countries moved to Mars, and the rest travelled on the Exodus fleet until they found a new home. The book is set generations later, when that home has been found - and hu As a massive fan of Becky Chambers, it's saying something that this is my favourite of her books so far. It follows the lives of several humans all living aboard the Exodus fleet - a group of spaceships built when Earth became uninhabitable, which the poorer population built from scavenged metal to escape the planet. The richer countries moved to Mars, and the rest travelled on the Exodus fleet until they found a new home. The book is set generations later, when that home has been found - and humans have to decide whether they should stay living on the old ships in rooms which have been occupied by the last ten generations of their family, or move to alien cities as immigrants. It's an emotional, moving look at what it means to be human, and the importance of heritage and legacy. It tackles some difficult questions, such as what happens to the remains of your loved ones in space, where nutrients are a valuable commodity, the morality and ethics of sex work in a small population and how a community operating on trade and barter can take part in a inter-planetary economy. It's also an incredibly touching look at what family means when they might live on the other side of a galaxy. Becky Chambers is such a reliable author, and her books never fail to make my heart brim with love for humans and her wonderful visions of aliens. Her books always offer such unique and optimistic looks on difficult issues like gender, social equality, racism and hope. I wouldn't mind living in her future, which isn't something I say often about science fiction.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I just love Becky Chambers. There's no way around it: she writes the kind of sci-fi I've always wanted to read. She writes the kind of sci-fi I wish I had written! "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) was probably my favorite book of 2017, and I have been eagerly anticipating new "Wayfarer" installments since. "Record of a Spaceborn Few" starts out shortly after the end of "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet"; but the setting couldn't be more diffe I just love Becky Chambers. There's no way around it: she writes the kind of sci-fi I've always wanted to read. She writes the kind of sci-fi I wish I had written! "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) was probably my favorite book of 2017, and I have been eagerly anticipating new "Wayfarer" installments since. "Record of a Spaceborn Few" starts out shortly after the end of "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet"; but the setting couldn't be more different. After the Earth was rendered uninhabitable, humans built the Exodus Fleet and left their home planet in search of a new place to live. While they were eventually accepted as part of the Galactic Commons and settled small colonies on a few planets, a community of humans remains on the fleet. Known as Exodans, they cherish their traditions and are fiercely loyal to their way of life. But over time, so many have left the Fleet, to settle on other worlds, live different lives. Are the Exodans fated to eventually vanish? How can they insure no one forgets where they came from and how hard they worked to get there? The Exodans are confronted head-on with these questions when a tragic incident kills a significant number of their community. Just as in Chambers' first book, the story is told by multiple points of view, painting a rich and multilayered picture of what life is like in this universe. She writes with profound compassion and optimist humor; qualities I hunger for insatiably. Her inclusive approach to character development never feels forced: in her head, people have simply gotten to the point where they understand that being open and accepting is the only way to make sure we all survive whatever we have to face. In Chambers' vivid and flawless world-building, humans were essentially refugees, tolerated by the Galactic Commons and only recently been made an integral part of its community: in many ways, they are still figuring it out, and dealing with a heavy heritage. Some of the characters in this story were born on the Fleet, and for a myriad reasons, want to protect and help it endure... or they begin to wonder if it really is the place for them. A newcomer and an alien academic have a very different interest in this living relic of Human culture: can it be a home? What can their culture learn form it? Their voices are distinct, their personalities and backstory very fleshed out; you get invested in each story line. "Record of a Spaceborn Few" is engaging, moving and thought-provoking: it's Chambers' most human-centric work yet, and it is a remarkable exploration of what an uprooted humanity - who still hold on to what makes them unique in this big, diverse and complicated universe they travel through - could be like. She has given us consistently amazing space operas for the last few years and I hope she never stops! I can't recommend her books enough. If you are a fan of the series, you cannot miss this wonderful novel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jon Adams

    Simply put, this is a beautiful book about life, in all it's many aspects. "From the ground, we stand. From our ships, we love. By the stars, we hope."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Glitterbomb

    I don't think anyone understands just how impatiently eagerly I'm awaiting this release... unless you do. Also, just quietly.....That cover is magnificent!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yasser Ahmed

    Another excellent entry in the Wayfarers series. A close second to my personal favourite, A Long Way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth Cato

    Becky Chambers's Wayfarers books are magical. They are space opera novels, each self-contained, that are not about big explosions and dramatic plot lines. They are about people, not necessarily human, who interact, and love, and survive. They are almost like psychological studies, but not of the stuffy literary fiction variety. These are beings you want to know and hang out with. The third book in the series carries on the beauty of the previous two. The characters are new, but it didn't take me Becky Chambers's Wayfarers books are magical. They are space opera novels, each self-contained, that are not about big explosions and dramatic plot lines. They are about people, not necessarily human, who interact, and love, and survive. They are almost like psychological studies, but not of the stuffy literary fiction variety. These are beings you want to know and hang out with. The third book in the series carries on the beauty of the previous two. The characters are new, but it didn't take me long at all to be gripped by each plot line as I wondered how they would all converge. There are deep themes of death, how we cope with loss, how we remember, and never once is it preachy. Several times, I was in tears as I read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    So my toes had been left cold since finishing Long Journey to A Small Angry Planet, and I was all too ready to dive right into bed with the comfort blanket that is Becky Chambers' world. And oh my did this instalment deliver! I haven't actually read the second in the series, however hope to pick it up in the coming weeks before meeting Becky at an upcoming local bookshop event. But back to the book in question. Following six different narratives (the only link to her debut being that one of the c So my toes had been left cold since finishing Long Journey to A Small Angry Planet, and I was all too ready to dive right into bed with the comfort blanket that is Becky Chambers' world. And oh my did this instalment deliver! I haven't actually read the second in the series, however hope to pick it up in the coming weeks before meeting Becky at an upcoming local bookshop event. But back to the book in question. Following six different narratives (the only link to her debut being that one of the characters, Tessa, is Ashby's exodan-dwelling sister) Chambers broadens the depth of the Galactic Commons by focusing on a specific group; the Exodan fleet i.e. the spacecraft (or homesteader) species of human that left Earth but did not colonise planet-side. If you are looking for plot this is not the book for you. But if you want to soak up the minutiae of other species ways of life, if you love relationship dynamics and rich characters full of warmth love and all their flaws, if you want just a bloody immersive read in a world/worlds that is so frank and often humourous, kind and loving, then this is definitely the book for you. I love how Chambers makes you feel as a reader, no, as a human. The deeper concepts of her book are what, for me, make her such a stand out author within both science-fiction and general literature. She weaves into her storylines many anthropologically crucial topics, such as immigration, colonialism and societal hierachy as well as race and gender equality issues. But how she does this is utterly beautiful and natural, rather than blatantly injecting a few wider concepts for obvious allegorical parallels to our own lives. I loved all of these characters as much as I did those in her first book, and that in itself is a testament as the Wayfarer crew felt like my family and when I found they wouldn't be in this book I was quite sad! But this 'spaceborn few' offer so much depth and insight into Exodan culture. I heard that Chambers creates these characters/species as a form of escapism to a place she'd rather be, and I would like to join her frankly. For example the Exodan species living quarters (such a visual description of their homesteader crafts) are focused on recycling and sustainability to such an extreme that, to many may be considered quite grotesque, but is explained in such a way that I think it is utterly beautiful. I must stop rambling, but I loved this book so much and can not recommend it enough. I went back and read the start of her first book and there are so many tie-ins that, while the novels technically could be read as stand-alones, these cross-references make me so full of joy and show just how accomplished Becky Chambers is as an author. Thank you Becky, I think you have made me a better human being.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I received an uncorrected proof as part of a Goodreads giveaway. This is a quiet profound book about finding your place in the universe. The. Exodian fleet left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, but even now that Humans are part of the greater galactic society and have many choices about where and how to live their lives there are those who still choose to live aboard the ships that first took them to the stars. Through the various characters we meet - a young mother, a restless teenager, a youn I received an uncorrected proof as part of a Goodreads giveaway. This is a quiet profound book about finding your place in the universe. The. Exodian fleet left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, but even now that Humans are part of the greater galactic society and have many choices about where and how to live their lives there are those who still choose to live aboard the ships that first took them to the stars. Through the various characters we meet - a young mother, a restless teenager, a young man born on a planet who yearns to be part of something, a caretaker for the dead, a sex worker, an archivist, and the friends and family around them - we get a glimpse of viewpoints and personal journeys and ultimately their choices to stay or to go, to change not just for the sake of change but to take the values you hold with you wherever you choose to go. it is not strictly necessary to have read the first two books, although The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet will give you a grounding in who the various species are and the various societies. I adored the first two books, which are in their own ways about finding your place, neither of them made me weep like this one. It's been a liong time since I've given a book 5 stars, but it was really the only choice for this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This Wayfarers sequence of novels is marvellous (an understatement) and the trend continues with Record of a Spaceborn Few. We have new characters in a new environment - the Exodus Fleet - although there is a link to Small Angry Planet through one of Exodans who is the sister of the Wayfarer captain. Warm, compassionate, emotional - this is beautiful writing and once more Becky Chambers writes with such insight about the human condition and relationships, as well as the poignant relationship of This Wayfarers sequence of novels is marvellous (an understatement) and the trend continues with Record of a Spaceborn Few. We have new characters in a new environment - the Exodus Fleet - although there is a link to Small Angry Planet through one of Exodans who is the sister of the Wayfarer captain. Warm, compassionate, emotional - this is beautiful writing and once more Becky Chambers writes with such insight about the human condition and relationships, as well as the poignant relationship of the inhabitants of the Exodus Fleet with Earth, the planet left behind. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

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