[Note: The review and blurb for this book does somewhat spoil the original, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which you should go read first! Go on go! If you’ve already read it, you can stay here].
Becky Chambers is back!! Hurrah!
When this copy arrived on my doorstep, I was so happy to be returning to Chambers’ universe. The world is so rich with characters, cultures, races, species! Chambers has planned a series of novels that are semi-standalone set within this universe, and I’m so excited to be able to explore more corners of it.
A Closed and Common Orbit follows Lovelace, the AI of the Wayfarer, as she leaves her ship in the kit body built originally for Lovey, along with Pepper and her partner Blue. In a body that wasn’t built for her, Lovelace must reconcile her new sentience against Lovey’s history while attempting to exist in a world where her freedom is illegal.
Meanwhile, engineer Pepper’s story is told in flashbacks and present tense, in an absolutely heartwrenching storyline.
A Closed and Common Orbit takes us into the past of human genetic manipulation, while thoroughly interrogating the boundaries of Artificial Intelligence and brings us closer to the Aelueon race.
Honestly it’s beautiful and I cried quite a few times. I have never felt this way about a series before. You must must read it if you a) love Mass Effect/Firefly/Star Trek etc or b) love a good character based story set in astonishing world building.
Interested? Get it here.
What to read next:
- Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
Thanks to the team at Hodder for the review copy!! I ended up sleeping with it, I loved it that much.