Record of a Spaceborn Few
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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.
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A delicate story about people
I really enjoyed Becky Chambers previous two volumes in the Wayfarer series: When I saw a third volume had been released I jumped on it (conveniently timed after finishing a rather voluminous Brandon Sanderson novel; Chambers’ story is a much quicker read). Although the Wayfarer books are all “lightly connected", they are also mostly stand-alone. Admittedly, vol. 2 benefits a little from being read after vol. 1, but this third volume can be read any time relative to the other two (time-wise it mostly parallels volume 1).
Chambers’ strength are her impressionistic technique to bring endearing characters alive in a fascinating world (itself also impressionistically revealed). The stories are about people and humans in particular, but the aliens are also lifelike and in this particular story Harmagians get some elaboration (they appeared previously, but we get to know a little more about their society). There is a small amount of intrigue, and very little action: It’s all about character development, asking some interesting questions (not necessarily with clear-cut answers), and painting an imagined interstellar multi-species society. I cannot wait to see more of this work!
P.S.: I’m a long-time SF fan, but one of my teenage daughters (a more eclectic reader than I am) also loves this series.
A hope for our future
Becky has done an amazing thing with “Record of a Space Born Few:” she took an amazing fictional world – fleshed out with fascinating alien species and high sci-fi concepts – and grounded the whole with a thrilling new story for what humanity could accomplish should we evolve a long view toward our cycle of life, death, and subsequent life. Just…wow…I’ve not devoured a book like this in decades. Thank you for this gift of hope Becky. Please keep setting more works in “The Wayfarer” universe!
Record of a Spaceborn Few
The first two books in this series were superb and innovative. Unfortunately this one just meanders. There is no plot arc and the characters are uninteresting. In the end nothing really happens. It’s really unclear what the purpose of this novel is.
- Category: Science Fiction
- Published: Jul 24, 2018
- Publisher: Harper Voyager
- Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
- Print Length: 368 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: 3, Wayfarers