Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really.
Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.
Together Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced listeners to the incredible imagination of Becky Chambers and has been nominated for any number of awards and accolades, including the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction, the Tiptree Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.
©2016 Becky Chambers (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Thoroughly enjoyed both books in this series so far.
There are some interesting issues tackled but not to the detriment of the narrative or the development of characters you can care about.
"Wonderful story wonderfully read!"
A great follow on from Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. Not featuring the crew of the Wayfairer this time but related characters in the same universe, and what characters!
Chambers has a way of not only crafting s great and very tangible universe but also making rich characters that grow throughout the books.
The audiobook is magnificently performed by Rodriguez. She gives each character their distinct voices using subtle inflections that just make the character so unique and real to the listener.
I absolutely loved it!
"A Closed and Common Review"
The themes, characters, and narrative style were all wonderfully drawn together. Becky Chambers continues to create the kind of science fiction I wish I was reading all the time. The tone, depth, and complexities of the worlds and societies she has built, coupled with a crisp, clear breath of optimism and hope make this a perfect read for these dark days.
I loved Sidra.
What I particularly enjoyed was the fact that she discovers her personhood through platonic relationships, through found family, and friendships. So often, in stories of robots or AIs where they are perceived as female it ends with them engaging in a sexual relationship with a - usually male - human. That was not the case here. Sidra develops close familial and platonic bonds with humans and aliens and through their shared experiences and love for one another, she grows. She gets to know her own personhood through her love and friendship, and it is not tied to sex, and perhaps it's my ace side making me biased, but I really thought that was a stroke of genius.
It was a stellar performance (pun intended), though the moments where an online style text conversation is described tended to be a little tedious as the narrator had to read out every single identifying line, every single timestamp, and so on. Other than that, it was great.
Ideas like personhood are nothing new to the science fiction genre, and having an AI be the catalyst for such discussions and explorations are fairly common. But where Chambers takes a relatively lesser trod path is that much of the perspective on this is from that very AI, and how she navigates questions like 'am I a person?' Which feels very different to people asking 'is that a person?' in the more abstract. To make this a very personal journey, to put our eyes in that of a computer, does make the reader much more likely to empathise and to connect.
"Warm and engaging"
At first I missed the rest of the crew from the Wayfarer, but this is another magnificent science fiction story. The two streams of the story were beautifully interwined. I love the descriptions of different alien lives, cultures and ways of coping with the differences. I look forward to the next book from the Becky Chambers universe.
"Another happy ending..."
Accept the world here as described and let the story unfold. There are many many possibilities.
There are only really two things that remain unexplained and these are very basic and fundamental. Why cannot digital files/memories IN THIS WORLD be duplicated? That very odd illogical inability makes for a difficult story line. Secondly, WHY IS MOBILE SENTIENT AI ILLEGAL? I could not fathom a sensible reason for this?
Beyond these two daft choices in the story construction; it is warm and endearing.
I would be very happy to read a follow-up story. There are great characters and many areas to expand into.
Very well done!
Both the universe and the story are undoubtedly result of a briliant mind. Oh and the narration.. I couldn't imagine a better one.
I finished this book sitting on a train and trying to get some rest. I can't honestly remember the last time I cried but the ending of this book actually made me take my glasses off and wipe the tears from my eyes. I would never imagine getting this emotional over a story involving an AI. So thank you to both Becky and Patricia for this amazing experience.
"not as good as the first book"
this was an OK follow up the previous attempt was much more entertaining this book other hand seems to be about time a few loose ends that weren't big enough to make an entire story out of. still fairly entertaining and not a bad listen
"Total let down after such an amazing first book"
The book seemed to drag so much. The idea of the story is great but some how i just found this seemed to drag and it was almost a chore to listen such a change from the first book.
Yes but i would hope it was more like the first book in this series.
Lovely voice and great performance.
excellent book I thpught i guessed the end but it turned out I didn't.
plus a great voice doing the reading really helped.
"My new sci fi favourite"
An excellent sci fi book, really well read. Love the characters, the environment and the moments of humour. I can't wait for the next book from this author.
"cried many tears"
As with the first edition of this series, this book is so easy to fall in love with. You become so attached with the characters and their stories. I highly recommend this audio book too as the narrator has a pleasant voice and is a good performer.
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