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Return to the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons as humans, artificial intelligence, aliens, and some beings yet undiscovered explore what it means to be a community in this exciting third adventure in the acclaimed and multi-award-nominated science-fiction Wayfarers series, brimming with heartwarming characters and dazzling space adventure.

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way.

But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life - and is it worth saving at all?

A young apprentice, a lifelong spacer with young children, a planet-raised traveler, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, and an archivist whose mission is to ensure no one’s story is forgotten, wrestle with these profound universal questions. The answers may seem small on the galactic scale, but to these individuals, it could mean everything.

©2018 Becky Chambers (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent Science Fiction

Her first two made me happy. I enjoyed them a lot. This one, however, is kind of brilliant. Becky Chambers is a very wise and insightful person, and I am definitely buying a copy of this one for my oldest avid reader. Heinlein had a huge influence on the formation of my personality, at that age, and I am hoping that Chambers will have a huge influence on hers.

This is an excellent example of what I love most about science fiction. It is an opportunity to examine aspects of ourselves and our civilizations in abstract, and somewhat objectively, inasmuch as that is ever possible. How might culture be influenced by changes in our understanding of the physical universe? This is especially valuable as our civilization is in sharp decline, the result of four decades war against public education puts us on the brink of wiping out this institution and letting the new "robber barons" reign supreme again.

This story is uplifting and enlightening, and I highly recommend it. It is what we can be, if people choose to be informed and stop behaving in a purely selfish manner. Stop loosing at the "prisoner's dilemma" and read this book. ;-)

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The Title Says It All

As with The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet the title tells you exactly what the story is about. It isn't some big space adventure but the story of a few spaceborn peoples lives at a certain point in time. As always Becky Chambers delivers a character driven and enjoyable to read novel. I think it could have benefited from a bigger plot as it was interesting to hear the perspectives it all felt a little directionless and left me wanting something or someone to hope for/root for. as with many people I am wondering why we were made to fall in love the crew of the Wayfairer and then given 2 sequels in which they do not appear. You struck gold with those characters use them! Give the people what they want! For the record Pepper, Blue and OWL are awesome too. Anyway great job on this one. I just had my hopes set on seeing the loveable characters of the first 2 books again.

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Very pleasant story about death and life.

Becky Chambers returns to fill her literal world a bit more. Focused on the exodent fleet. Several random individuals going about their lives and seeking meaning. The death of one brings many of their stories into contact and for 2 it is a catalyst for meaning.

As with the other books in this series, it’s a slow pleasant story focusing on normal people going about their days. This one more so, as most are not out of their elements.

Very fulfilling story in the genre of Traffic.

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loved the first two...this was less cohesive.

I was enthralled by Ms. Chambers first two story lines by Ms. Chambers. This third book isn't bad but was not nearly as good as Long Way from a Small Planet. All the different POV was difficult to follow and distracting.

Not bad but not up to my enjoyment of her first installments.

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Melodrama among the exodus

Becky Chambers' Record of a Spaceborn Few is her 3rd installment (and perhaps the final) in her wayfarers series. This story picks up immediately after the 1st book with no connection to book 2. Various human characters and their lives are portrayed that provide a flavor of the descendants of the exodus fleet that left Earth centuries earlier, along with some background on their current lives and how generations in space have changed them. There's good and bad people, but everyone is mostly surviving.

There's little of alien races, save for one species that has a quite different social and child rearing conventions. Much time is spent describing adaptations humanity has made and endured through generations living in space. Through an archivist, we learn much of the history, while a young man who doesn't fit in finds no peace and teenagers will always be teenagers.

The narration is well done with decent character distinction and good pacing.