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Record of a Spaceborn Few

(Wayfarers #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  34,267 ratings  ·  4,618 reviews
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 whe
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Joanne Harris Advance reader copies are sent out months before publication. Reviews based on readings of ARCS aren't remotely bogus. …moreAdvance reader copies are sent out months before publication. Reviews based on readings of ARCS aren't remotely bogus. (less)
David Gann You won't be missing anything. For the most part, all three books in the series are essentially unrelated. There is some carry-over between Book #1 an…moreYou won't be missing anything. For the most part, all three books in the series are essentially unrelated. There is some carry-over between Book #1 and Book #2, but Book #3 doesn't involve any of the original characters and is nearly completely self-contained. There might be some peripheral information about alien species that was introduced in Book #2, but nothing central to the story. (less)

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Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Pollyanna
Shelves: sci-fi, meh
Here's the part where you think I'm going to eat my words. But I don't think I have to: think of it as being able to love Star Wars, and The Empire Strikes Back, but not Return of the Jedi. In fact, it's nearly exactly like that.

In this book, Chambers seems to think people are basically this:

hippie commune

Or, in my analogy,
Ewok village

But they aren't. People are basically beings with a variety of upbringings, chemical soups, and experiences. Which often suck. Except in this book, where they
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.5) I found this book incredibly relaxing and comforting. Not what I would expect to say about a Sci-fi but Chamber's universe is so wholesome.

If you enjoy contemporary "slice of life" type of books, you need to give this series a shot. It's beautiful, not exactly my cup of tea, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Mario the lone bookwolf (is on a longer vacation)
Go eco- social in space if you can handle it and the devastating real life implications

The xenosociological exploration of human development, especially regarding the difference between isolationist habitats and the free, traveling spacers and the planet bound groups, are presented as entries into the research diary of an alien. It uses the conversations with a human scientist and the knowledge about human history to find many implications, connotations, and social criticism and that´s one of
Charlotte May
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, tear-jerker
"From the ground, we stand. From our ships, we live. By the stars, we hope."

3.5 ⭐️

Now, I went into this one with a bit of trepidation. Despite this technically being a series, only 1 character from book 1 made it into book 2, and none of them were in book 3 from the reviews I read. And I am a big character lover. So when I am reading a series I expect to follow the same characters as they grow and their stories expand - having to start from scratch at the beginning of each book is less appeali
Kai Spellmeier
Feb 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
If there was ever such a thing as cover porn then this series hit the nail on its head.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet ★★★★★
2.) A Closed and Common Orbit ★★★★.5
3.) Record Of A Spaceborn Few ★★


I am soooooo bummed. The first book in this series is easily one of my favourite books in the entire world, the second book wasn't quite as good, but I still adored it. This one, however, I really struggled with :( I didn't care about any of the characters and I think there were too many POV's, and I kept confusing who was who. I feel l
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars and this may bump up to a 5 with some time to simmer.

Becky Chambers’ books are this wonderful, slice of life speculative fiction that is just as interesting as action packed sci fi. These books answer questions about how life would go for those that aren’t involved in high stakes war, violence, etc.
Kitty G Books
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-sff-faves
* I was sent this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

"From the ground, we stand. From our ships, we live. By the stars, we hope..."

This book isn't quite a direct sequel to the events of The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, but it does start at the same time as the events in tLWtaSAP are finishing up. We follow a host of entirely new host of characters, all of whom are connected to, or interested in, the Exodus Fleet. One of these characters has a tie to Ashby from the firs
Michael Finocchiaro
Another beautiful spaceborn story from the talented Becky Chambers following her first two Wayfarer books. While I enjoyed this book, I appreciated it slightly less than the first book Angry Planet probably due to my more masculine taste for a voyage-type story whereas Spaceborn Few is more of an internal voyage. Humanity is adjusting to centuries of living in the Fleet (sort of like Battlestar Galactica’s fleet or Leia’s ragtag Rebel fleet) as the Exodans having escaped the collapse of Earth’s ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
It took me a little over 2 years to finally get through this one, but WOW was it worth the wait. Becky Chambers has such a gift. This book was absolutely delightful.
✨    jami   ✨
“From the ground, we stand. From our ships, we live. By the stars, we hope.”

Hey Becky Chambers .... if you're listening ..... *slides across a $5 note* .... write more of these

This entire series has been such a pleasure to read and I am so sad it is over. Although this is probably my least favourite of the three I still enjoyed reading it and even felt a bit emotional at the end with the thought of this series ending. Everything about this series is so wholesome. I love the simple message of
Shaun Hutchinson
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Each book in this series is beautiful in its own way, but RoaSF just really hit in me in a particular way that I can't explain. There's so much humanity in Chambers' books, and while very little actually happens in terms of plot, the stories of the character unfold in a way that never feels boring. ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
Oddly enough, I had to revise my original rating on book 2 down to accommodate my feelings for this one.

Whoa, right? Well, I found I liked this one more than the second, but that's just the thing. I didn't fall head over heels for this one.

So I had to deal with that dissonance.

This novel is about as bucolic as you can get aboard a spacecraft. Totally pastoral. The focus is on ordinary people doing ordinary things and backing off the whole action schtick to get introspective and a bit aimless.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/09/...

Record of A Spaceborn Few might be my favorite Wayfarers novel yet. Structurally and thematically, it is quite unlike either of its predecessors, but these differences from book to book are what I love most about this series. First, readers got to explore the galaxy and encounter new alien species and civilizations in A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. In contrast, A Closed and Common Orbit was a smaller and more intimate
Apr 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Can't finish. Which is a shame because I loved the first two. I’m 25% through and still feel nothing for the too many characters there are, and I have no interest in what little plot there is. Can’t keep slogging through at this point. ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I wasn't sure about this when I started, but it really grew on me. The story is much more understated than in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and the sequel, A Closed and Common Orbit. What all three books do have in common, however, is that they are intensely character focused, and the characters are engaged in reevaluating their lives, and what it means to be a person.

Unlike many other books of this genre, Record of a Spaceborn Few doesn't use a central conflict to drive the story, but i
Hiu Gregg
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if I wanna write a very long review for this one, as there are some books that you just wanna kinda... keep for yourself. Those books that you don't want to sit and analyse, because you'd rather just enjoy the fact that you've just read a great book that really got you.

Recor of a Spaceborn Few is a wonderful story that made me tear up a whole bunch of times. It's an exploration of humanity, and of what society could be... But on a very relatable level. It's a slice-of-life tale abou
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
'By the stars, we hope'

This whole series is simply magnificent and this book is a fitting finale to a marvellous trilogy of essentially what are standalone novels. There are no madcap space adventures, no space battles with hostile aliens... None of what one normally thinks about when thinking of space set fiction but what there is is an innate sense of humanity. These books though set in some far flung future amidst the stars are more authentic and true to what it is we are as a society than an
Joanne Harris
I was lucky enough to snag a copy of the ARC of this from my publishers, and I'll be buying the hardback version when it comes out. Yes, these books really are that good. I loved the two previous books in this (Series? Cycle?), especially the way in which the stories slot together in a non-linear fashion within an expanding fictional world, which means they can be read and re-read in any order, with equal enjoyment. And oh, how they are enjoyable - on many different levels. I have spoken before ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope.
(Motto of the Exodus Fleet)

This is the third installment in the Wayfarer series, a slow-burn science fiction series. I say "slow-burn" because there are no epic battles in space and even when a person is killed, it's more about the exploration of grief, how the community deals with the death as well as the local funeral rights, rather than the investigation and arrest of the culprit(s).

Here, we are on the "Osteria", one of
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I loved the first two Wayfarers books, each for different reasons. This one follows several stories inside the Exodus Fleet, the people who left Earth but weren't rich enough to move places like Mars. They've continued living and building upon the ships they left in, and have slowly created a sustaining colony. The book starts with a disaster that sets a few stories in motion.

Like all Chambers books, I appreciate the focus on people and relationships, interesting aliens and their places in the u
Sad Sunday (Books? Me?!? NEVER!!!)
DNF at 35%

I gave up. Because...





The characters are scattered, there is no clear plot, just tons of mundane background and everyday life descriptions. But none of it moves the plot or characters forward. The tone and pace are meditative, relaxing, but it's just anthropologious study of alien-human life. The races and their lifestyle, appearance, culture were quite broadly introduced in the first two books, this one is once again a deeper look in
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[2.5/5 stars] Plot? What plot?

I found this book very difficult to rate. On one hand, I really appreciate Chambers’ unique perspective and fearless, unapologetic outside-the-box approach to storytelling. It’s so different than anything I’ve ever read, and I kind of love that. So I feel it deserved more stars. However, I also had to take into account my own expectations and how much I actually enjoyed reading it… which is significantly less than I’d hoped. I saw many missed opportunities to improv
The first two in the series I loved to pieces. The sweetness, the writing, the message, all hit a spot. That’s why I eagerly awaited this last volume and what a disappointment turned out to be…

I read up to 20% before I abandoned it. It should be character driven but there are just mundane actions of people born in space from generations which fled Earth.

The beginning was promising, but after the catastrophe we advance 4 years in the future and the consequences of that event are left in the open.
Benjamin Appleby-Dean
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Honestly the most forward-thinking part of Becky Chambers' books isn't the convincing alien societies or the credible, well-developed technology but in daring to imagine a future society in which people are basically decent and caring towards one another. ...more
Allison Hurd
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fem-author, scifi
I think this series keeps getting stronger and stronger. This one was about belonging, colonialism and colonization, the rituals of life and death and the tapestry that weaves around us that we call culture.

I don't really know what to say about it other than it's heartfelt, contemplative and beautiful.
Now that I've read all the books of The Wayfarers series published so far, I can easily say that The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is my favourite of the three. While Record of a Spaceborn Few is definitely complex and nuanced (I've come to expect this from all of Becky Chambers' books,) it does not really pack a punch like the first book did.

One of the things that I love the most about Chambers' writing is the elegant depth of her characters. They often interact with each other and the plot
First of all, all three books in Becky Chambers' Wayfarers series can be read as stand-alones. I did not finish the second book, but it doesn't really matter. What I like about this series is that it lets us see this huge universe through many different eyes, from many different perspectives. You get a sense of the whole, but for one novel you become part of something much more intimate.

This time around it is all about life in the Exodan fleet. That part of humanity that generations ago left Ear
Peter Tillman
OK, on my third try I finished this one. I didn’t like the structure at all — five parallel story-lines, five principal characters — but there’s a lot to like in the actual story. Except for being confusing, disjointed, and scattered... 😎

The structure makes the book very choppy, hard to follow, hard to get into the flow and really hard to get to know (and like) the characters. I finally did, mostly -- I could have used less teenage angst. The fake-ID bit to get into the sex-club was entertaining
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Another more-or-less standalone in Becky Chambers wonderfully humanist space series. This one explores life in the Exodan fleet through the viewpoints of several inhabitants.

Tessa is a cargo worker and mother of two precocious young kids. Sawyer is a young immigrant to the Exodan fleet looking for something different. Isabel is an elder, an archivist in a society built in remembering. Eyas is a caretaker, basically a cross between an undertaker and a gardener. Kip is a rebellious teenager lookin
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