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Record of a Spaceborn Few

(Wayfarers #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  13,218 ratings  ·  2,237 reviews
From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope

The incredible new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

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
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published July 24th 2018)
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carol.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pollyanna
Shelves: meh, sci-fi
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:

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hippie commune

Or, in my analogy,
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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
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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.
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 appealin
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Kai
Feb 13, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If there was ever such a thing as cover porn then this series hit the nail on its head.
Samantha
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kaitlin
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 first
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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 ★★

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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
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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
✨    jamieson   ✨
“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 h
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Bradley
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Shaun Hutchinson
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.
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
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
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Justine
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
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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
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Emer (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
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Hiu Gregg
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Trish
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
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Benjamin Appleby-Dean
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
DNF at 35%

I gave up. Because...






Nothing....






Ever.........................








Happens.....

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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
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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
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Claudia
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.
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Philip
I don’t think I can 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.
Lindsay
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Auntie Terror
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Phrynne
This is the third book in a trilogy which is not really a trilogy, rather it is three books all set in the same universe but not a continuing story. I loved the first two books but this one did not really do it for me.

Becky Chambers has a real talent for writing sympathetic characters, both human and not. By the end of the book I was really keen to see what happened to each of the major characters and was glad that all the loose ends were tied up nicely. However due to the way chapters jumped ar
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Elenora
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This early review is brought to you by fate and amazing luck! I work in a book store, and we were sent a proof for whoever might want to read it, and it had been tossed on the staff table. When, during a break, I glimpsed the title on the spine, half hidden under a stack of papers and other proofs, I shrieked, making everyone jump a bit out of their chairs, and dived for it.
So hey, this is a proof review, but I didn't promise anyone an honest review! No matter, let me be entirely honest:
Record
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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. As always, read the head-blurb first.

The structure makes the book very choppy, hard to follow, hard to get into the flow and really get to know (and like) the characters. I finally did, mostly -- I could have used less teenage angst. But the fake-ID bit to get into the sex-club was entertaining ;-) The book ends well,
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Rachel (Kalanadi)
This is a wonderful and truly heart-warming (and heartfelt) story of community and family (and also immigration and emigration), with an unfortunate narrative structure that can yank you out of the story every 8-10 pages. As soon as I became immersed in one character's story, the chapter would end and I'd get switched over to someone else and start over again. So in a way, the book's structure was working at cross-purposes with the actual story.

I love mosaic novels (also known as tapestry novels
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
look! at! the! cover!

"But this is old history. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but outsiders have seldom seen. Exodans take great pride in their community and traditions, but the cultures from beyond their bulkheads have profoundly influenced their own. Those who have not yet left for alien cities and terrestrial colonies are left grappling with questions: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain among the stars when there are ha
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Becky Chambers is the author of the Wayfarers books, which currently include The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, among others, and won the Prix Julia Verlanger in 2017. She grew up in a family heavily involved in spac ...more

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Wayfarers (3 books)
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