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
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.
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.
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.
At first I was disappointed that the full cast of book 1 were not in this one but as the story developed it became a delicate and feeling look at the progression from childhood to adult on more than the obvious level. A pleasant and satisfying read and I hope that there will be a 3rd.
Great performance and I enjoyed catching up with the characters.
I really enjoyed the listen and there is nothing really wrong with the book, but other than the retrieval of the AI at the end, there is not a story as such, its almost like a normal day with a bit of back story.
Don't let this put you off getting it, if you liked the 1st, you will like this.
No big space battles, just an engaging story that doesn't need a lot of literary SFX to keep you entertained. Looking forward to book 3.
Audio narration was good, listened at X1.5 playback speed.
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