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Sunday Times best-selling author Becky Chambers returns to the Galactic Commons in the final instalment in her award-winning and critically acclaimed Wayfarers series.

With no water, no air and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships travelling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.

One of the many establishments present is the Five-Hop One-Stop, a place where long-haul spacers can stretch their legs (if they have legs, that is) and pick up fuel, transit permits and assorted supplies. The Five-Hop is run by an enterprising alien and her occasionally helpful child, who both work hard to provide a little piece of home to everyone passing through.

When a freak technological failure halts traffic to and from Gora, three strangers are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded and with nothing to do but wait, the trio - an exiled artist with an appointment to keep, a cargo runner at a personal crossroads and a mysterious individual doing her best to help those on the fringes - are compelled to confront where they've been, where they might go and what they might be to each other.

©2021 Becky Chambers (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Fantastic, Surprising, Engaginh

Struggled to read this one but the audiobook was amazing. Great characterisation. I bounced off the voice first, but there is a depth to this reader's range that becomes apparent after a chapter or two. Highly recommended.

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An Unforgettable Book

As always, Becky Chambers has written a deeply compassionate book, and it's her best so far.

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  • 匿名
  • 19-02-2021

A Wonderful Finale

As excellent as the rest of the series with the same vivid imagery, character gallery and slice-of-life dramatization that pulls you in from start to finish. Patricia Rodriguez, likewise, reprises her role with excellence, to the point I don't think I could ever imagine another narrator for this wonderful series.

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  • David Groves
  • 23-02-2021

Another great book!

I'm not sure I can say anything that will do this book justice. ITS BRILLIANT!

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  • Andy F.
  • 21-02-2021

A beautiful, bittersweet goodbye to the Wayfarers

When my best friend bought my a copy of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet I wouldn't have believed how profoundly it would impact me. The Wayfarers series has fast become one of my favourite universes.

The series goes beyond the typical space opera trope to create a universe of characters that, whilst wildly different to our notion of humanity, bring to the fore what it is to be human. The series is beautifully portrayed through Patricia Rodriguez's narration, making it feel like a cosy peek into the lives of others rather than a voyeuristic.

With an entirely alien ensemble cast The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is no less relatable. It is a fitting, beautiful, bittersweet close to the series, and my hope is that Becky Chambers will one day revisit the Galactic Commons.

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  • 03-03-2021

Quiet but fascinating story well performed

Patricia Rodriguez has, once again, done a really good job of this work. Clear diction and characters.

If you have read any strangers-lost-in-stormy-hotel books then put aside your preconceptions. Yes there is a remote hotel on an uninhabitable planet. Yes, all the communications goes down. But there are no murders or conspiracies. Just a group of people, of different shapes and cultures, trying to get along.

This is where Chambers has made her name. Slow story telling with in depth exposition of non-human cultures.

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  • 03-03-2021

Another brilliant listen

Once again, very different to her other outings, but amazing non the less! This is a lot more self contained and only over the space of 4 days, but overall, it blends characters and drama really well. Once again, you tend to see well realised people in Becky's characters. It did cause me to cry a few times as is normal for her books, but it is worth getting invested in. I could be wrong here, but I believe this is the last of the Wayfarer books which is sad, but understandable. I look forward to reading what Becky Chambers puts out next.
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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 14-04-2021

The intricacies of “normal” interactions in “abnormality”

As satisfying as the other books books, this one is also velvet on the ears. Helping us with gender neutrality and acceptance and ethics and a reality which contribute as much as our earthly home. I can only say that the ceiling of “reading” this book was a pleasure, with excellent narration and then atmosphere that conveys the best of ourselves. Thank you. It is the truth next generation of Star Trek. The most real of galaxies. <3

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  • me myself and i
  • 30-03-2021

more a series of conversations

I kept waiting for the scene setting part to finish, which it did with about 2 hours to go.....it lacked a story arc.

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  • Michela
  • 27-03-2021

An unlikely group stuck on a faraway place

Interrupted communications get an unlikely group of people from different species stuck together on the same faraway planet. They join forces to overcome obstacles and get to learn quite a lot of unexpected things about each other (along with the readers). As usual in this series, one of the characters is connected to a character from previous novels, keeping up the thread while exploring new aspects of the galaxy, new or less known species and completely new sets of challenges and opportunities. A brilliant novel that balances interesting information and flashbacks with action and plot, perfectly narrated in audiobook form.

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  • Rosa L.
  • 24-03-2021

wonderful

This is Becky Chambers' best book. how refreshing to read a science fiction novel with no wars or fighting. The characters are all intriguing and well drawn, the psychology and storylines deeply engaging , and the snacks delicious. Brilliant narration too!

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  • Catherine Taylor
  • 14-03-2021

Another wonderful installment

I loved this, as ever Becky Chambers drew me into the stories of these characters with fascinating detail, sharply drawn personalities and painful awareness of issues around difference and similarity.

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