Record of a Spaceborn Few

Record of a Spaceborn Few

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

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Title:Record of a Spaceborn Few
Author:Becky Chambers
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Record of a Spaceborn Few Reviews

  • Kaitlin

    * I was sent this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

    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 *

    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 :)

  • 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.

  • Kai

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

  • ✨    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

  • 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.

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