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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

(Wayfarers #4)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  74 reviews
With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.

At the Five-Hop One-Stop, long-haul space
ebook, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 16th 2021 by Harper Voyager
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
2021 can't arrive soon enough!! ...more
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Charlotte May
May 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Another book in the Wayfarers series?

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Jan 20, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
What's this sound, you ask?
Oh, dear. It's me screeching, obviously.
Feb 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Please please please let this story bring us back to our first spaceborn crew from book 1.
Emer (A Little Haze)
And so with this novel Becky Chambers completes her Wayfarers quartet... and honestly, it was the perfect ending. It’s a book that manages to feel incredibly expansive with its cast of characters, but also beautifully intimate.

If you haven’t read any of the Wayfarers novels before now I completely recommend that you rectify that promptly. Each book is set in the same universe but have their own unique storyline so technically can be enjoyed in any order.

As with any Chambers’ novel the emphasis
Lauren James
This was fascinating. It's definitely one for the zoologists out there - there aren't any human characters for most of the story. Instead, four different alien species with incredibly different physiologies are stuck in a small habitat dome together with no communications for a week. All of them have their own desperate reasons for leaving as quickly as possible, but despite their impatience they find themselves fascinated by the differences and similarities between each other's bodies a
La La
Nov 07, 2019 marked it as arc-and-review-tbr
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi_2020, favorites
Once again Becky Chambers has restored my faith in humanity. This novel feels like the perfect remedy to the shit show that was 2020 and honestly could not have come at a more perfect time. Her writing has this captivating quality that takes you in it's arms and makes you feel like everything is going to be okay with the world.

The Galaxy and The Ground Within is a very quiet yet profound novel and personally I think it's such a refreshing change from a lot of the high octane sci-fi thillers we
May 26, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Becky Chamber: [announces a fourth Wayfarers book]


Bruna Oliveira
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is set on Gora, basically a planet which has the sole purpose of being a waiting place for those ships that will enter into the next wormhole and have to wait for authorization for such We first meet Ouloo and Tupo, a Laru mother and her teenager son, who have an establishment there for those who are waiting. They will receive three guests on the same day: Speaker, an Akarak, Roveg, a Quelim and Ca
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

..... oh *stares lovingly at the cover*
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
May 15, 2020 marked it as 2021-most-anticipated
Why did I not know this was a thing? 😭
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi, ebook
"Sometimes things were just too broken for even the cleverest of workarounds."

2.5 rounded up.

Set on Gora, the planetary equivalent of a rest area, The Galaxy, and the Ground Within follows five characters stuck together for a few days after an orbital accident around the planet that grounds the ships. Among these characters is Pei, Ashby's partner from the first book, as well as two Laru, a Quelin and an Akarak. I was particularly interested to see the Akarak character as this was species was on
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

If there is one series that I will always praise highly it has to be the Wayfarers series. Becky Chambers has found a unique way to look at people's lifes in a science-fiction setting and manages to play with your heartstrings.

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within does this well. I'll be honest and say that I was somewhat hesitant about this book as I started.
Dec 07, 2020 marked it as own  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I can’t believe I got a Becky Chambers ARC!
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: upcoming-2021
No surprise there.
Yet another beautiful story. I really wish we could have more of this universe. 10 books minimum would make me happy.

This one is closer to the first book in the series : we've got a groupe of people, stuck somewhere for a period of time. They try to deal with their personal stuff while also getting to know each others and helping one another. The difference is that in the first book the crew knew what they were getting into, they knew each others and had knowingly decided to ta
Alex Sarll
The final Wayfarers book – which seems a strange thing in itself, given this always felt much more a setting than a series, even if this volume does resolve one gently dangling plot thread from the first of them, The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. And given the timing – it's set to come out 11 months after the Event – I'm inevitably curious about whether the ways in which it mirrors lockdown were a direct response, emphasised in late revisions, or sheer coincidence. The setting is a small fac ...more
May 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
IT HAS A TITLE!!!! \o/
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites, sci-fi
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Voyager for providing an E-ARC for review!!

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is the fourth and final book in author Becky Chambers’ acclaimed science fiction series Wayfarers. The book shows us 4 main characters’ points of view, all from “alien” species (there is no human character with a point of view in this book, as there were in previous novels in the series), as they get to know each other while dealing with an inconvenient situation that is placing stress
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Becky does it again!

Becky Chambers is one of the best writers currently on the block and with this novel she perfectly brings to a close one of the best series of the decade. One of this authors greatest strengths has always been the creation and narration of alien characters. She doesn't just give upright bipeds weird looking faces but she really goes to town with all the ways alien life might be different and the ways in which this might affect their interaction with the world and with each ot
Caitlin Gutilla
Nov 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
I did not realize there was a fourth book. BRUH. 2021 COME TO MEEEEEE
Lady Brainsample
May 20, 2020 marked it as to-read

10/1/20: Becky Chambers is the only author I can think of whose books I always pre-order. Pre-ordering this and A Psalm for the Wild Built today!!!
Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)


Jun 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
has this just made my day? why yes it has
Bastiaan Spijkman
Jul 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Today I found out the next book has a title. Today is a good day!!!!
Clara ✨
Jul 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have never been more excited for a book in my LIFE
Sep 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
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i completely randomly stumbled upon the fact that there is gonna be a 4th wayfarers novel and i genuinely started crying from happiness, i didn’t dare dream but here we are
Pickle Farmer
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.

I've read all of the Becky Chambers books in this series, and this is apparently the last one - if the author's final note at the end is anything to go by. It surprised me, quite frankly - it's the kind of series that could go on indefinitely. But I respect her need for a change/break.

This is the most memorable of the books in the series that I've read, apart from the first one. It's very much still "cozy" sci-fi - nothing is too stressful, ever
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Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. Her most ...more

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