A Closed and Common Orbit : Wayfarers

  • by Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by Rachel Dulude
  • Series: Wayfarers
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera - the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a 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.

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Comforting and Enjoyable Sci-Fi

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After sitting on it for a couple days, this is actually a pretty easy 5 star rating. And while this is technically part of a series, beyond the minor spoiler of one of the protagonist's backstories, it is an entirely self contained, stand-alone book. My review shall reflect that.

This is a story of two women. One who has to find her purpose and come to terms with what it means to be a sentient being in a physical body (she's an AI in a robotic 'kit') and one told through sequential flashbacks of survival and coming of age. It's all in the title folks. They are the same story these two women, but they are different, a closed, but common story.

The writing flows, so I can't say I ever really minded the shifting perspectives. Also, each of the protagonist's stories are both touching and so interesting that I loved them equally as well. Each character in this book, both primary and tertiary, just feel real. I don't see that often. Usually we get cardboard cutouts or one personality trait that stands out. Not here, it may be a spacey sci-fi, but I can see this happening just as easily anywhere else. It's a fantastical thing, light-hearted and funny at times, serious or introspective at others.

If you miss the days of good ol' sci-fi without all the space marines and ships going pewpew, or maybe you want a heart-warming tale of growth and success, I recommend this book to you. As for me, if there is another in the series, it'll be a day one purchase for me.

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- Matthew "1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up."

Good story, bland delievery

This follow up to Chambers excellent debut, is a sweet change of pace novel. Instead of interstellar action, Chamber slows it down with an intimate tale of interspecial social adaption and friendship. Chambers takes two characters with unique worldviews and allows us to see their often parallel development. If your looking for more action Fireflyesque space daring-do, you'll be disappointed, but you'd be pretty heartless if you didn't fins yourself caring for these characters. Narrator Rachel Dulude has a nice pleasant voice that would be perfect for a nice American standard coming of age tale, but here I was left wanting more. Despite characters like sexual morphing aliens, artificial intelligence, and cloned humans, the reading lacked much diversity. In scifi I love when you can tell a species by a narrators change of accent and cadence, here, outside of a bit of studder and minute vocal changes, all the characters sounded dissapointedly alike.
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- Robert "I am an audiobook enthusiast who reviews audiobooks for his blog, The Guilded Earlobe. You can find me on Twitter @guildedearlobe talking about zombies, robots, monkeys and audiobooks."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio