Record of a Spaceborn Few

Hardcover, 359 pages

Published July 24, 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton.

ISBN:
978-1-4736-4760-2
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4 stars (161 reviews)

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.

10 editions

My current favorite from the series

5 stars

As with every book by Becky Chambers that I have read, I struggled in the beginning. The pacing is different in each of her books, the characters have loose links to past storylines at best, and I always need time to ease myself into the new perspectives that slowly develop.

But this book! Yes, it starts slow. But when the story finally takes off, when things start to converge, the payoff is well worth it.

I was smitten with the worldbuilding that was even more intricate and well thought-out than in previous books of the series. I loved the characters, the way they explore facets of the society they inhabit. And in the end, I enjoyed the way the story develops.

I also needed tissues, but that's me.

Review of 'Record of a Spaceborn Few' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Another wonderful installment in the Wayfarers series. This was an interesting change of pace which hyper focused on the human experience in this beautiful universe that Becky Chambers has constructed. The story follows a few different perspectives from a fleet of human ships that are largely self sustaining and permanently spacebound. This "Exoden" life is in contrast to the normal human experience of living on stations like most humans, independent colonies on terrestrial planets like pioneers, or back in the original Sol system like the wealthy and privileged. These stories are each an exploration of the unique culture of Exoden life, the challenges it brings, and the relationship to the greater galaxy.

Frankly I found some POVs to be more interesting than others, and I found the intersection of the POVs to take a while to get to. Related, the overarching "conflict" happened around 3/4ths of the way through the …

My favorite book in this series so far

5 stars

I absolutely loved the development of Exodan culture and I want to be best friends with all of the characters. A plot twist around the middle of the book shook me up a little bit in a way that other books in this series mostly haven't done, but it was so important for the rest of the storyline and the development of the other characters. Becky Chambers is one of the best authors out there, no doubt about it.

Review of 'Record of a Spaceborn Few' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I received an Advance Reader Copy from Goodreads and Avon/Voyager At Harper Collins and offer an honest review.

I received my copy of this book in the Summer of 2018. I do not like to read a series out of order, and I had not read ANY of Becky Chambers’ material yet. I finally got to read the first book, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in January of 2019, the second, A Closed and Common Orbit later that same summer, and then misplaced this book with some other books for my grandchildren.

After recently finding my copy again, I started a slow read between other books, and then finished with flourish (and a highlighter for passages) this week.

My receiving of the copy of this book may not have provided any up front promotional hype, but it did create a fan of Becky Chambers’ stories.

good book

4 stars

I liked it! After finishing the trilogy-so-far, I think the first book is my favorite (the second was my favorite for a lil bit, but the first one has been growing on me over time). That's not to say this one wasn't great! It's a real cool look at communities trying to preserve their identity and struggling with the loss of identity as they join a larger community. I'm actually real inspired to try and explore this kind of thing in a game project. I love a cozy lil community and the cozy lil community sized problems that come with it. Nothing is overwhelmingly a threat to their survival, but all the problems are about communication, selfhood, individuality, and meaning.

Review of 'Record of a Spaceborn Few' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The Wayfarers series has so far been a series of home runs for me and this one is no different. A Closed and Common Orbit remains my favorite of the bunch so far, but it would be unfair to compare that novel directly to this one due to the different approach this book has regarding the multiple points of view it presents, as well as its intent. The multiple PoVs I enjoyed despite thinking some were stronger than others; but as a whole they came together nicely. The style is very slice of life, with some thematic undercurrents that are very optimistic and warm-feels-ish about the future of the human race and the search for purpose which are appreciated right now. Overall enjoyed it and can't wait for what's next in the series.

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