Record of a Spaceborn Few

Record of a Spaceborn Few

by Becky Chambers


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ISBN-13: 9780062699220
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Series: Wayfarers Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 35,544
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist. An inevitable space enthusiast, she made the obvious choice of studying performing arts. After a few years in theater administration, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her creative work has appeared at The Mary Sue,, Five Out Of Ten, The Toast, and Pornokitsch. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is her first novel, and was funded in 2012 thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.

After living in Scotland and Iceland, Becky is now back in her home state, where she lives with her partner. She is an ardent proponent of video and tabletop games, and enjoys spending time in nature. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.

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Record of a Spaceborn Few 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about life on a star orbiting spaceship. The storyline unfolds from a variety of viewpoints: An alien anthropologist visiting the ship, her hostess whose job is archivist(comparable to our librarians), a mother of 2 young children, a twenty something orphan raised planetside, a teenager about to graduate, and a young woman whose job is to care for those who die aboard ship.These characters meet, converge and touch upon each others lives in both usual and unexpected ways. If you've read the first book by this author then you'll recognise Ashby's family and his roots, because this starship was his home, where he was born and raised and this environment is what informed his thinking and shaped his character.This author has a real way of writing children, not "cute" exactly but very real and sometimes extremely funny others times sad and touching but always with a ring of truth.So why didn't I give it 5 stars? Because no mistake this is a very, very good character driven sci-fi/fantasy book. And maybe it's not fair but I loved the 2 previous books, solid 5 stars both of them. The kind of books you never want to end. This book felt like a back story prequel that maybe the author felt had to be told, and it did give me a more well rounded picture of where and how humans fit into the Galactic Common. I believe if I had read this book first I would have given it 5 stars and I might recommend that reading order, because this book definitely does round out the setting that the author is writing her books in. Ms. Chambers you're still on my automatic buy list and I can't wait for the next one, but I would request a return to the ship and crew from the first book and more of their adventures.
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Anonymous 18 days ago
This book has a heart as big as a fleet of ships. If you've read the first two books in this series, you know that Chambers writes superb, character-driven stories that have more to do with the people and relationships than the action. This book is exactly what it says on the tin, ie. a record of some of the lives lived by members of the Exodan Fleet, the fleet of human colony ships adrift around a star without planets. The story revolves around the people, how the fleet lives, how it survives, what traditions and rules they've made to ensure their survival. It's about responsibility, to the fleet, to each other, and to ourselves. There were moments when reading this where I would wonder when something was going to happen, but then the perspective would change and I would be completely re-engaged by the life of another person. The growing attachment to the characters gently pulled me through to the end, which made me tear up a bit. There's something really moving about this book. A sense of humanity carrying on through adversity, pulling together, sticking together, as a family, with hope. That we are each entwined, each a hand print on a larger wall of hand prints. In a lot of ways, this was just the book I needed in 2018. I highly recommend picking up this book and sharing a journey with the Exodan Fleet for a little while.
thebookishpoet 19 days ago
The beauty of Chambers' work is when the characters' lives finally overlap and there is so much meaning to be found.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
As usual, I love Chambers’s tone and the universe she’s created. However, I don’t have a lot to say about this book. Chambers took me on an emotional and social journey through a new group of sapients in the world she built. This time, the focus was on humans. Less interesting in some ways, because I am one, so I pretty much get how we work. Ok, I don’t actually understand why humans do most of what we do, but that’s not what I mean. The other sapients (or aliens, as we might think of them) are more interesting to me. I enjoyed the book and the focus on relationships, how hard it can be to change, a person's “purpose” and even death. Every book, while only loosely connected to the others, expands the universe in so many ways. While the tone of this book was a bit darker, given the focus on death and how different species handle it, I still consider this feel-good-sci-fi. But I didn’t really love any of the characters. I didn’t dislike them, but they didn’t snuggle into the cold recesses of my heart like most of the cast of the previous two books. I enjoyed their varying perspectives though. I also thought this book was going to be more of a sequel to Angry Planet. I saw that Ashby’s sister was a character and it does take place after the Toremi attack on Ashby’s ship, but it’s really not related to him or his crew. Sadness! I think my misunderstanding of the plot left me a little underwhelmed. Overall, though, I still loved the latest installation in the Wayfarers series. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous two books, but I can’t wait to re-read it and annotate it in the future. I think, as long as you aren’t expecting a sequel like I was, if you enjoyed the first two books, you’ll like this too.