Record of a Spaceborn Few
By Becky Chambers
Paperback, 359 pages
2018, Hodder & Stoughton
The humans of the Exodus Fleet has been set in their ways since their departure from Earth. They’ve joined the GC and accepted the more advanced technology offered by other sapients, yet hold themselves apart from the rest of civilized space. Tessa, Ashby’s brother, has stayed with the Fleet, but recent events have made her question her decision. Sawyer hopes to join the Fleet and find a connection to his ancestors, or at least a place that feels like home. But after disaster strikes, people begin to ask themselves “What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?”
I always struggle to describe Chambers’s books because they’re more about the people and the development of their relationships than the plot. That blurb is a mash-up of me attempting to summarize and also help from the back of the book.
Anyway, as usual, I love Chambers’s tone and the universe she’s created.