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The Sunday Time best seller. 

From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope. 

The incredible new audiobook by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

#SpacebornFew

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

©2018 Becky Chambers (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Critic reviews

"A quietly profound, humane tour de force." (Guardian).

"The best speculative fiction currently being written." (John Connolly)

"An emotional, moving look at what it means to be human, and the importance of heritage and legacy." (Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe)

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Not as good as the rest of the series

Maybe I'm rating it so low because of how much I loved the other books in the series, but it felt a bit aimless. The central plot was a bit of a nonevent compared to the amount of time discussing cultural differences, which might have been more engaging if there had been a stronger narrative thread tying it all together. Still worth reading/listening, but not up to the calibre of the rest of the series.

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Beautiful

A heartwarming love letter to community spirit. Very progressive. With interesting nuance regarding planned economies vs free markets. And excellent narration.

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tedious compared to first two books

I found this book tedious and seemingly lacking a solid story line. I would quite happily have skipped this book. The whole way through I was hoping for something exciting to happen and then it ended.

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Another disappointment!

The first Wayfarer book was good, the next two just spin-off stories in the same universe. This is a book about 'why am I here', 'who or what is God' etc.. No sci-fi really, no excitement and no real point. The narration was its best point. The more I listened the quicker I had to turn the speed up to just get through it. You can do x1.4 without a problem.

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Perfect if you want to fall asleep

Perfect for falling asleep. Contrary to the storylines of the previous books in this series this one is dead boring. Literally nothing exciting happens, it’s just a mundane description of everyday life in this particular sci-fi universe. I did enjoy it only as means to fall solid asleep.

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The space journey of the last humans

Always a good listen with Patricia Rodriguez ... slowed a little 3/4 way through but an enjoyable journey..moving on to her next in the series ..hope its just as good if not better than all Becky Chamber's previous listens .

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Like a mellow blend of Leckie and Le Guin

I'm so glad I found Becky Chambers and I really enjoy all her Wayfarers books. This is probably the slowest, but it's a nice slow. Calm and soothing.

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Worth a listen

For me, this is the weakest of the Wayfarers books, I don't think it has the same energy as the first two carrying the story and characters forward. I suppose this might be a feature of a story about a society that has lost its focus and purpose, but it didn't make for as enjoyable a story for me. Perhaps I'll come back to it another day and find it again

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Slightly disappointing.

The lesser of the 3 novels (so far) in the series. Feeling more like an experiment in world building than telling a good story. Not much happens plot wise and was going to mark this even lower but the last third of the book is rather good.

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I'm really struggling

I loved the first 2 books in this series, but I've had to start this one from the beginning for a fourth time, because the first 3 attempts I found my mind drifting off so much, I had no idea what was happening. I've just done exactly the same on this attempt, I think I'm going to have to throw in the towel. I'm decorating, I have nothing else to do but listen, however, my mind just cannot seem to engage.

I really enjoy the narration on these books though, It is upbeat, and I was hoping that would get me through, but even that isn't helping. Such a shame.

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  • 02-07-20

Interesting character study, not a great story

The book follows several characters as they develop and live their lives and as a character study, it is indeed interesting. However, there is no plot or narrative tension. There is no conflict or question that needs resolving. The characters are not very relatable and the one who is, is only there for a few chapters. It feels endless and not in a good way, because you keep expecting something to actually happen and it...doesn't.

That being said, it's written and narrated well.

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  • 2560431
  • 11-06-19

This book is everything!

Becky Chambers is so good at teaching understanding and respect and tolerance in an exciting and super entertaining way. She deals with the questions of accepting those who are different from us by telling deeply humane stories. All three books in the trilogy are bit different from each other, so it’s hard to compare them. They are all deep and amazing in different ways. As usual, I laughed, I cried and I ended up feeling hopeful. This should be a compulsory reading for us to learn about curiosity and acceptance. Narration is perfect!

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  • Karl Johan Oeckinger
  • 15-10-18

best of the series

Chambers have matured while writing this series, and here delivered a low key masterpiece, filled with hope in humanity (despite the rather gloomy circumstances)