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The Worldship Humility

(The Code Trilogy #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,834 ratings  ·  199 reviews
The Worldship Humility is the start of The Code trilogy, written exclusively for audio by sci-fi author R. R. Haywood. Narrator Colin Morgan (best known for playing the title character BBC’s fantasy series Merlin) brings the colourful characters and treacherous escapades of The Worldship Humility to life, a gripping space adventure which will appeal to fans of Ready Player ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published May 11th 2019 by Independently published
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The setting is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian society traveling through space in search of a new home planet. It only serves as a unique background for this mostly character driven story.

We are treated to a lovable cast of misfits. Yassy easily steals the show as well as anything else she can get her hands on. Sam is a genius hacker who doesn't know his own worth. Together with Sven, the indebted cafe owner and Janey, the outcast Financial Services employee, they make for a lively team of thiefs.
milou  ☕️
Well, this turned into a disappointment.. It took me so freaking long to actually finished it but I finally did it thank fuck. I did not like this at all. Not one second of it.

The only reason that I even know about this book is because Colin Morgan has narrated it, otherwise I would've never picked it up myself. I do not like sci fi and especially not those books that take place in space. I usually find those to be incredibly dull, just like I did now.

I had a strong dislike for all of the chara
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pop Muzik!

here's no doubt that everyone is going to be talking about this, this is the audiobook equivalent of 70s pop music at its zaniest! Haywood has, in my opinion, gone one better than even the excellent Extracted series! In his ragtag fleet of Homeships, he has managed to bolt Judge Dredd's Mega-City One on to the bottom of something like the environment of The Fifth Element. Inside that, he's put together a set of characters ranging from the most desperate and lowly to the upper echelons
Dave Bahn
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's tough to review a trilogy after just one book but i am a huge fan of the author so i was eager to get started on this one.

I have read comments that this is a greatest hits style of book and i can see why, previous characters have been recycled and used again in this book. Not just the extracted trilogy but there are a fair few familiar people from the undead books as well. I have two thought on this, firstly if you are as good as Haywood is at creating character dynamics and writing in a wa
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This refers to the audible version.
So, The ships are all from different countries, right? Well why do they mention "The British Ship" (as a different ship) if some, but not all of the people on board have British Accents.
Well, it could be because it is read by an Irish narrator, who does a bunch of great British accents - but that begs the question - is this ship British or not?

The origin & nationality of this eponymous ship is the least problematic thing.
1. 22 chapters in and NOTHING HAS HA
Fairly derivative sci-fi "last humans living in space after Earth got destroyed" story featuring poorly developed stock characters. Far from terrible but pretty forgettable. It's all been done before. ...more
Laveda  Kasch
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing book! I didn't really doubt it would be but I had been stuck in his world of zombies for so long that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get into a nother of his creations as easily. Boy was I wrong... I started and finished Worldship in less than a day. The ease at which this book reads is top notch. You will be sucked in, there is no doubt of that. You will be hooked and you will fall, yet again, into another of his beautiful creations...that is Worldship Humility. Great charac ...more
John Anderson
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the end, this one was just plain fun. Nothing profound, just fun. There are so many open story lines to be explored further, and I hope the other books in this series are as enjoyable as this one. It makes a great audiobook for a long trip :)
Peggy Downing
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would make a great movie! It has EVERYTHING!
4.3 stars
I liked the characters and the story. Sometimes I would get a little lost in what was happening. This book kind of had a Wool vibe with the various levels of the ship/silo. I like the R.R. Haywood touch with the humor and banter. Overall, once the stories start meshing together and I get a better feel for who was who, I really started enjoying this audiobook and look forward to the next one!

One thing about the ending… (view spoiler)
2.55 stars
After a million years I finally finished this book. Let me be frank, I only started listening to this because Colin Morgan narrates the story. However, I still finished it because I did enjoy the story to a certain point.
Science-fiction just isn't my cup of tea. I have read next to zero SF books in the past, but for some reason this all sounded so familiar.
The main space station is called the ARK, there are others as well. There is a very distinctive hierarchy in the society.
That bei
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Picked this audio up because I've read other work by the author. I didn't care for 1/3 of the story. The narrator has a few character voices that grates on my nerves to hear. Between those two aspects, the story did not make a great impression.

Others will probably find the story more fun. It's a futuristic heist story and the characters are interesting. The humor sounds like the type I've heard on UK shows and it's not just the narrator's accent at work. Ha
Mar 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
More of a mix between the movies Wall-E and Snowpiercer, but lacking the charm of the former and suspense of the later. Really could not have cared less if they all careered into a black hole

With the inhabitants of earth, having ruined the planet set of to find a new place to live. The author is at pains (such great, great pains) to describe the squalor, corruption and shallowness of those living in the hierarchy of the worldship. The lower decks are the poorest with literally dead bodies left
Dean Bown
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read

RR Haywood has yet to write a book that hasn’t left me thoroughly depressed when I reach then end! By this I don’t mean that the book itself is in anyway depressing, far from it in fact, it just means I have to wait for the next one to come out and that wait can be agonising!
Never has an author (in my humble opinion) created characters that have you so invested that you simply can’t put a book down, and in this way Worldship Humility is no different from any of his other.
Steven Stennett
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read, not what I was expected, I thought it was going to be a more industrial setting to the premise of Generation ships attempting to find a new home far from Earth. It was more of a retail experience in its delivery, you have to read the book to get that reference.

Economical pacification to subdue an inclosed, bored, restless population made me think of the global dominance of brands in our every day lives, neatly used as plot device to make me reflect on our own motivations for
First I just listened to this because Colin read it.
But after an hour I was so invested in the story I would have read it whether he was the narrator or not.

I really enjoyed this. Normally I don't like "SpaceshipStories" but this was really good
It was a little different and fun to listen to.
I really liked the characters (I mean: yes... Some of them were quite stereotypical...(the nerds omg...) but Colin read them in a way that made them so hilarious that I didn't care for the stereotypes) :)

Donna Wright
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I got to the end of this book far too quickly only to realise that the next one isn’t out yet. I was very upset by this so come on Haywood, get writing!
Excellent book Excellent narration. Loved it. And there's a sequel...? ...more
Demi Idle
Feb 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Unoriginal, badly edited, plotless drivel.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this, and it was tons of fun!
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-syfy, 1-fiction
I enjoyed the characters and the lore.

It quickly fell apart after Mr angry came to their rescue. Plot had no real way to keep me engaged and after skipping almost all exposition for Jeneane we’re suddenly looking at it from her perspective.

Jaimie-lee Northey
This sci fi lacks depth. The overall plot is very straight forward and all about greed. Nothing especially nuanced, nothing particular for a sci fi setting. The world building is also nothing special, nothing we haven't seen before, or even a well done example of a classic trope. The real down fall is the characterisation. The main characters are meant to be 30, they act like teenagers. They are also cliched, the poor girl who is very attractive who is also a thief with a heart of gold. The comp ...more
Moriah Leech
Seriously mixed feelings about this book. So let me break it down.


Absolutely fabulous narrative by Colin Morgan, could not have chosen a better voice actor for this book. Phenomenal.

Interesting, deep, realistic, and relatable characters.

Lots of great thought narrative and conversation between characters, which I love.

Neat concepts for future tech.

Attention grabbing plot.


LOTS. AND LOTS. AND LOTS of swearing. Seriously way too much. I don’t even want to think of how many profanitie
Dana Groulx
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this because I loved the Extracted trilogy so much. I was hoping for the same type of humor and I was not disappointed. The characters are instantly likable and it makes me want to hang out with them, just like in Extracted. This is an adventure story, set in the future, with the remainder of the human race on spaceships. There are ships for each country, along with the Virtue ships, which are multi-cultural. Each of the Virtue ships have attractions. The Humility is basically a ...more
Genre: science fiction. Earth was demolished by a meteorite some 150 years ago and a few million people managed to get on huge city sized ships and leave Earth in time to survive (some dodgy explanation behind how they managed it but we'll let it slide). They now roam around space looking for a planet. But have some of them already found one and not telling the others? Who knows! Because our story revolves around Yasmine, a petty thief just trying to feed herself and her dependents without getti ...more
Karl Orbell
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this on a whim, knowing nothing more than the blurb about it, it was on sale, sounded ok - I knew the narrator from TV, but not the author... well, quite a good buy!

Various fairly standard sci-fi tropes squidged together in a satisfying way, along with various heist, gangster and political intrigues. Earth destroyed, searching for a new planet, political secrets, rebellious slums, poverty gap. Wall-E, Battlestar Galactica, 24... It could be lame, but it isn't, it's exceptionally funny, ma
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to know how to rate this, because when this book is good, it's really good.......and conversely, the bad stuff is bad.

The bad is Yasmine (let's say it's spelled that way), the trouble magnet who has the unfortunate background, foul mouth, bad impulse control, maintains a few times too many that she's not a whore, and is of course beautiful and men do anything she wants (even when her foul mouth and poor impulse control dictate that they run away screaming). She was a bit much, and Colin's
On the plus side: The characters are interesting, as is the plot. Some of the characters are really memorable. The narration was very good, excepting the reporter, but I eventually got used to her voice, as well as the variations in volume, which were justified to make the story clear. There was some great humor that made me barely able to keep up my steep incline on the treadmill, and a good sign that I listened to part of the book there, instead of classic rock. I did stick with the story quit ...more
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Katie Hargrave
I have to admit this is my first sic fi book I ever read. I was not a fan of the writing. It talked about serious topics like rape, drugs, sex, and murder but the wording was like a middle school or high school book. One thing that really got repetitive and annoying was to say "Sam felt so stupid." and then Sam would say "I am so stupid." It was not descriptive at all and just repeated the same like. The characters had some personality and felt well made except they were thirty and older but ac ...more
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RR Haywood was born in Birmingham, England but has spent most of his life living on the beautiful south coast. He has had a passion for reading for as long as he can remember.
One of his favourite genres is Post-Apocalyptic fiction and he has worked his way through every book he could find. Some were great and some not so great and what he wanted was a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day det

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