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A Closed and Common Orbit: Wayfarers 2 by [Chambers, Becky]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in Wayfarers (3 Book Series)

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"Chambers uses her considerable talent to take a more focused and contained look at a gut-wrenching story of self-determination and personal autonomy [...] No matter what beautiful and strange world Chambers takes us to, we can count on her to lead with humor and heart."--RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

"Humane and alien, adventurous and thoughtful, vast in its imagination and wonderfully personal in the characters it builds. But above all else, it is joyously written and a joy to read."--Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

"Great fun!"--Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

"Becky Chambers' debut novel . . . is probably the most fun that you'll have with a space opera novel this year. It's exciting, adventurous, and the cozy sort of space opera that seems to be in short supply lately. . . . Not to be missed."--iO9

"Becky Chambers' debut is a joyous, optimistic space opera ... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general)."--Tor.com

"A warm, big-hearted, progressive and fun blast of sci-fi. . . . The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is just so much fun to read, and we can't wait to see what Chambers does next. 5 stars."--SciFiNow

"A quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism."--The Guardian

"One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realized spacey SF novels I've read in ages."--James Smythe, author of The Echo and The Explorer

-As with her amazing debut, the power of Chamber's second space opera is in her appealing characters [...] Her protagonists might not all be human, but they possess more humanity than most---Library Journal (starred review)

-Chambers uses her considerable talent to take a more focused and contained look at a gut-wrenching story of self-determination and personal autonomy [...] No matter what beautiful and strange world Chambers takes us to, we can count on her to lead with humor and heart.---RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

-Humane and alien, adventurous and thoughtful, vast in its imagination and wonderfully personal in the characters it builds. But above all else, it is joyously written and a joy to read.---Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

-Great fun!---Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

-Becky Chambers' debut novel . . . is probably the most fun that you'll have with a space opera novel this year. It's exciting, adventurous, and the cozy sort of space opera that seems to be in short supply lately. . . . Not to be missed.---iO9

-Becky Chambers' debut is a joyous, optimistic space opera ... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general).---Tor.com

-A warm, big-hearted, progressive and fun blast of sci-fi. . . . The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is just so much fun to read, and we can't wait to see what Chambers does next. 5 stars.---SciFiNow

-A quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism.---The Guardian

-One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realized spacey SF novels I've read in ages.---James Smythe, author of The Echo and The Explorer

"As with her amazing debut, the power of Chamber's second space opera is in her appealing characters [...] Her protagonists might not all be human, but they possess more humanity than most"--Library Journal (starred review)

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The extraordinary new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: 'a quietly profound, humane tour de force.' (Guardian)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2078 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1473621445
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ARXVTFE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beautiful. Wonderful. Character-focused, philosophical, moral, full of stories and thoughts and places and the universe, all in one beautifully woven story…I knew I adored Becky Chambers’ writing from her first book, but this just cements it. She has a way of weaving everything in together and telling a story while you’re caring about the characters that means you’ve suddenly got to the end of the book and you’re somewhere between crying and smiling, but you’re not sure why.

It’s a gentle and sweet read, but one that also tugs you along; I was reading this on my commute and I did not want to put it down. I was reading it while making dinner and kept forgetting to stir things. I actually let my tea go cold! I had to read one more chapter, one more paragraph, just to find out what happens next…

We get to see more of the universe and the cultures in this sequel, and it’s all so inventive, so different – and yet everything works together. Yes, there’s horrible people and places, there’s bureaucracy and frustration and anger and hate. But there’s so much love and hope, and I think that’s what I love most. You come away from the stories realising that even if everyone is so, so different – somehow, they can make those differences work.

The story itself is sweet; the two timelines follow Jane from her start as a worker in a factory, sorting scrap, and Lovelace taking her first steps in a human kit-body after being a ship’s AI. But the two stories wind together at the end, and I love seeing both of them grow.

So yes. Sweet, adorable, thoughtful, growing and wonderful. Read it. Read the previous one. And then read them again.
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The first Wayfarers book was my tip for the Arthur C Clarke award last year. It was nominated but didn't win. As entertaining as this (sort of) sequel is, I didn't think it was quite as good as the first but it's still an excellent, thought provoking and fun ride.

The book mostly runs parallel to the events in Wayfarers 1, as the AI (Sidra) created and rejected in that story finds a new life in a 'body kit', making home with Pepper and Blue, who run a scrap store. The book flits between this story and the past, exploring the back story of Pepper's life, where she lived as an escapee from slavery, forging an existence on an abandoned ship with nothing but an AI for company. These two stories dovetail towards the end of the book in a satisfying and quite heart warming finale.

As with the first book, Becky Chambers is very much concerned with characters over plot. It's a rather slow moving tale and for a good deal of it not a lot seems to be happening. But the characters are so well defined and fun to be with this really doesn't matter, it's very easy to fall in love with each and every one of them and just spend time in their company. The principle stories are of Sidra's struggle to fit into society, the bond she forges with an alien, Tak, and of Pepper's difficult past and how she too adjusts once she has become free. It's core themes are of individuality, diversity, discrimination and friendship.

I never found this quite as engaging as the first but, in of itself, it's still a very pleasant and fun read and draws you in the deeper you get. If Chambers is writing a third book in this universe, I'm hoping she returns to the crew of the first book and continues their tale, but wherever she chooses to go I'm on board.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2017
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A Closed and Common Orbit is heartwarming, funny, incredibly descriptive and made me shed a small tear at the end.

If you want to know what happens to Pepper and Lovelace after the events of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet this is the book for you. And if you haven't read planet yet then what? Why - go do that now then come back...

Becky Chambers writes so so beautifully and this world she has built is a vibrant, eclectic, multi-cultural joy to read about. Her characters are drop dead gorgeous, intriguing, fascinating and most of all so very authentic, you just live with them. I lived with the crew of the Wayfarer in the last novel and in this one I lived Pepper's past and watched in awe as Lovelace (Sidra) mapped out her future.

Oh I don't know what to call it. Literary science fiction? No, whatever, it just IS storytelling at its very very best and most engaging. Roll on the next book. Any chance of getting the gang together again? I really really hope so.

Simply Heavenly. That is all.

Highly Recommended.
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A Closed and Common Orbit (AC&CO) is the second in the Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers. I really enjoyed the first book and was very keen to pick this one up. AC&CO, much like No.1, was a completely unexpected surprise for me. I always feel a little tentative when picking up science fiction, it isn’t my comfort zone I suppose, and the very notion of space opera makes it sound even more daunting, but Becky Chambers manages to create stories about different worlds, different planets, different species and their lives in a way that makes them accessible, heartfelt and compelling.

Firstly, I would mention that although AC&CO takes place in the same universe as A Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet it isn’t really a sequel although it does include one of the characters from the first story. I would say this is more like a spin off that continues the story of Lovelace. It has a different feel to the first. ALWTASAAP was almost like a bunch of mini stories affecting the crew of the Wayfarer as they went on their journey from A to B. AC&CO has a much stronger focus on two main characters and their own journeys of personal discovery and fulfilment.

Secondly, I don’t really intend to focus too much on the plot but to leave that element as a surprise.

Thirdly, if you love a story that relies on great characters then I think you’ll enjoy this as much as I did. Pepper and Lovelace are both wonderful to read about. I won’t deny that Pepper was my favourite, I just couldn’t help myself, her backstory was made of totally horrendous and yet unputdownable compelling reading material. Lovelace also made for some heart wrenching material as she went through her own series of touching and sometimes embarrassing anecdotes.
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