Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera - the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.
©2016 Becky Chambers (P)2017 Tantor
1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.
After sitting on it for a couple days, this is actually a pretty easy 5 star rating. And while this is technically part of a series, beyond the minor spoiler of one of the protagonist's backstories, it is an entirely self contained, stand-alone book. My review shall reflect that.
This is a story of two women. One who has to find her purpose and come to terms with what it means to be a sentient being in a physical body (she's an AI in a robotic 'kit') and one told through sequential flashbacks of survival and coming of age. It's all in the title folks. They are the same story these two women, but they are different, a closed, but common story.
The writing flows, so I can't say I ever really minded the shifting perspectives. Also, each of the protagonist's stories are both touching and so interesting that I loved them equally as well. Each character in this book, both primary and tertiary, just feel real. I don't see that often. Usually we get cardboard cutouts or one personality trait that stands out. Not here, it may be a spacey sci-fi, but I can see this happening just as easily anywhere else. It's a fantastical thing, light-hearted and funny at times, serious or introspective at others.
If you miss the days of good ol' sci-fi without all the space marines and ships going pewpew, or maybe you want a heart-warming tale of growth and success, I recommend this book to you. As for me, if there is another in the series, it'll be a day one purchase for me.
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This follow up to Chambers excellent debut, is a sweet change of pace novel. Instead of interstellar action, Chamber slows it down with an intimate tale of interspecial social adaption and friendship. Chambers takes two characters with unique worldviews and allows us to see their often parallel development. If your looking for more action Fireflyesque space daring-do, you'll be disappointed, but you'd be pretty heartless if you didn't fins yourself caring for these characters. Narrator Rachel Dulude has a nice pleasant voice that would be perfect for a nice American standard coming of age tale, but here I was left wanting more. Despite characters like sexual morphing aliens, artificial intelligence, and cloned humans, the reading lacked much diversity. In scifi I love when you can tell a species by a narrators change of accent and cadence, here, outside of a bit of studder and minute vocal changes, all the characters sounded dissapointedly alike.
Expert narration that captured the characters spot on. I loved the stories and how they gradually became interwoven.
The same kind of conundrum is found throughout science fiction: when artificial intelligence meets or exceeds human intellect, what rights are due and how will these be protected. When does a machine become a person? If there is a moral here, it's that we had better be ready to face this issue, and it's probably going to happen earlier than we think. Westworld. The story line doesn't compare to Wayfarers in quality, but is an example of how wrong things could go if AIs were not given an immigration pathway into human communities.
In terms of impact and exposing social injustice, I would put this book on the top shelf next to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale.
Just the one. Fantastic. Slight extra emphasis on words that should be elided, is the only comment I have, and it's barely noticible. You truly are immersed in the story. I want this series to never end!
Bootstrapping freedom, one little bit at a time
Lots but I'll spare you. Just read it, even if audiobooks aren't your thing. There is something for everyone - girl nerds, xenophiles, philosophy majors, history buffs. A sad and happy celebration of jumpy, irritable likeable introverted spacefarers and their extremely special AIs. A book to remember and cherish for keeps.
I loved the first book in this series, it was like reading a book about an episode of Firefly. This book did noe really have a story, or a problem that needed solving. No one was going anywhere, and i was often a bit bored reading it, sadly. Nothing much happens until the last 3 hours of the book. I was disappointed with the book and missed the wayfarer crew.
Good enough. Some cliches, some fresher ideas. Narrator pretty solid with some questionable pronunciations. A direct sequel, but with mostly new characters
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
This author is talented. Her imagination and ability to include so many interesting details make her world building exceptional. Looking forward to the next book to see what else she comes up with.
Becky Chambers has become one of my favorite writers and solidified that with this book. Her incredible characterization mixed with super cool tech and warm & fuzzy storytelling lights up all the lights on my control board. I found a voice that I crave to hear from.
I'm just sad I have to wait for the next book.
Although I missed the crew from the Wayfarer it was still a nice follow-up book. I don't know which part of the story I enjoyed more, learning about Pepper or watching Lovelace find her place in the universe. Looking forward to book 3.
What an amazing, heartfelt, not everyone dies and everything always goes wrong book! I cannot wait for more books in this universe! Oh and Rachel Dulude is incredible, and she better be reading any future Wayfarers Series books. I hope there csn be some kind of history book about all the different species.
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