A sci-fi novel with heart!
This book has been on my to-read list for a long time now, and an upcoming event with Becky Chambers made me bump it to the top of that list.
I am SUPER glad that I did.
It’s a fantastically well-written sci-fi novel with real heart.
From the first moment I felt fully in the world of the Galactic Commons with its diverse species and characters.
Rosemary enters the world of the Wayfarer and its crew. Ashby, the captain. Sissix, the pilot. Ohan, the navigator. Kizzy and Jenks, the mech techs. Dr Chef, the ship’s doctor and cook. Corbin, the ship’s algaeist. And Lovelace (Lovey) the ships sentient AI.
Together they tunnel wormholes in space, making space travel over long distances quicker and easier.
When the Galactic Commons decide to embark on an alliance with the Toremi, a notoriously violent species, the Wayfarer gets caught in the fallout with tragic consequences for the ship and its crew.
Chambers has written a somewhat quiet, smouldering novel, that isn’t just about thrills and action in space, a trap that some sci-fi novels fall into.
It’s built on strong characters who grow and change, taking us along on their journey.
I must admit that I became so attached to the characters, that more than a few tears were shed along the way – some happy, some sad, but it shows the skill Chambers has to provoke emotions in her readers.
Let the reading commence of A Closed and Common Orbit!