Book Review – Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

record of a spaceborn fewFrom the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope.

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?


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4.5 stars to yet another outstanding piece of science fiction by Becky Chambers. Her books just make me FEEL. I can’t properly describe it.

This one looks at the life of several people living on a big fleet ship, and is again different to the first two. It’s quieter than the first, like the second, but more following their lives like the first.

I love the storyline too – especially how the caretaker and archivist bits wrap round the rest so well. It really is just a glorious look at human (and non human!) nature that just happens to be set in space.

I don’t care if you like sci fi or not, you should read this series.


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