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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

(Wayfarers #4)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,254 ratings  ·  565 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: April 20th 2021 by Harper Voyager (first published February 19th 2021)
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Charlotte May
May 16, 2020 marked it as library-loans  ·  review of another edition
Library copy available for pick up

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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
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This basically was The Breakfast Club but with aliens.

Die-hard fans of the Wayfarers series will probably appreciate The Galaxy, and the Ground Within. While I loved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet I was not as taken by its sequel nor by this rather anticlimactic conclusion. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within follows a somewhat basic premise: a bunch of strangers from vastly differentiating backgrounds are forced into close quarters due to circumstanc
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

To say I was excited to get a Becky Chambers ARC would be an understatement. Becky Chambers has quickly become one of my favorite authors of all time, and I will read every single thing she publishes until the day she stops writing or the day I die, whichever comes first. In particular, her Wayfarers series never fails to transport me to this amazing world she’s developed.

Something I really en
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.
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lovers' Farewell

Think of home when you are far from here.
Let it be your comfort.
Think of us when you are alone.
Remember always our bright days,
Remember song,
Remember joy.
Remember the purple sky.
Remember dark faces, old and beloved.
Remember children, their shells still white.

Cheese! And an embarrassingly out-of-their-depth government agency that very much reminded me of governments and how they are (not) handling this pandemic. Just two very hilarious / poignant details in this 4th volume
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
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.
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 rated it it was amazing
4.5 on the blog.

An almost perfect ending to a series of companion books I have loved to the moon and back. The first book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, is still at the top of my Wayfarers heap; it being one of those books I would give six stars to if I could. The others only come in at 4.5 stars being judged against Long Way, and not SciFi literature in general. They are all strong contenders in the SciFi genre as a whole. I'm sorry to see the stories of the Wayfarer and her crew, their
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, science-fiction
Unpopular opinion incoming:

Synopsis: Three aliens are stranded at their hosts for a few days on a backwater planet due to global technical reasons:
Pei gives a comeback from the first novel. She is an Aeulon and a military cargo runner who won't make it to the rendezvous with her human lover. Roveg, an exiled lobster-like Quelin, is a creator of vacation simulations who needs to make a vital appointment. Speaker, a methane-breathing Akarak in a mechsuit, worries for her sister in the orbit. These
May 26, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Becky Chamber: [announces a fourth Wayfarers book]


Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The entire Wayfarer series has been absolutely awesome, each entry wonderful in its own right, every one my new favourite. I adored all the characters in this story and found it very moving. Gave me the warm and fuzzies. Recommended.
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within was the perfect ending to the Wayfarers series, and I can't wait to see what Becky Chambers does next as she's definitely solidified into one of my favourite authors. After the last book, it was refreshing to have a story that focused almost solely on aliens. A group of different aliens stuck on a planet together for a few days, learning to understand each other's culture and their misconceptions. Becky Chambers is the master at pulling together deep themes in a ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
... and that's why Becky Chambers has become one of my favorite authors ... ever...

OK, I've been waiting for this for a while.... I bought into the Wayfarers serial hook, line, and sinker, long before Long Way,, became popular (and the trilogy won the Hugo best series award). It spoke to me ... it made me smile ... it made me laugh ... but most of all, it made me think ... and ... feel and, OK, like the rest of the books in the series, it made me cry, and
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing end to an amazing series, but let's be honest: I would have happily read many more installments.

This was such an interesting slice-of-life story about people of different species who all end up together stuck in the same place by circumstance and they have to make the most of it. This turned into such a heartwarming, friendly book that fits perfectly in the most comforting sci-fi series I've ever read.
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
Chambers is known for creating beautiful character-driven narratives, and The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is exactly that: balm for the soul.

The plot is beyond simple: five strangers find themselves stuck at a pit-stop station due to technical difficulties that ground them for a few days. With nothing to do, they interact and come to learn about each other. Sounds dry, boring even, and yet... I loved to discover these characters, their cultures and history, the way they differed, and ultimatel
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Becky Chambers's books: They are cozy, extremely character focused, have well-drawn alien cultures that feel both foreign and believable and she manages to make me care so much for the characters.
This one is mostly about intercultural contact with everyone bringing their own baggage with them. The author is so good at creating these species and making the characters good representations of them but also very much their own people. I also really loved getting a POV from a minor character
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

..... oh *stares lovingly at the cover*
jasmin • febrvaryfriday
Thank you Hodder & Stoughton for gifting me this ARC!

Becky Chambers' Wayfarers series is one of my all time favorites. The author's ability to craft such a lush, beautiful and queer world that feels so much like a warm hug is unmatched, and she definitely did not disappoint with this last installment! Though book one (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet) is still my absolute favorite of the bunch because I was able to connect to it on an even deeper level and it included some of my favorite ch
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These may be my favourite batch of Wayfarers characters yet. No one tell me Laru are not floppy alpacas! So full of kindness and warmth. Squee!
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
"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
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler free for this book and the rest in the series.

Why are reviews for books you absolutely loved the most difficult to write? You all probably know by now that Becky Chambers is one of my absolute favourite authors of all time. I adore her cosy science fiction writing and a new book from her is always a big event in my reading life. I went into The Galaxy an
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
Why did I not know this was a thing? 😭
Di Maitland
This book was worth the wait. I LOVED it. If I had to rank the books, I'd probably put this a little behind book one, but way above books two and three. Incidentally, as long as you've read book one, you could easily skip to book four without issue.

As all the books loosely link to the first, this book (re)introduces Pei, Ashby's Aeulon girlfriend. On her way to visit him, she stops by planet Gora for supplies and finds herself stuck there when a hardware problem accidentally destroys most of the
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This was a lovely story, as I expected it would be, considering how the other books in the series were. It’s the story of a small planet called Gora, which is largely unremarkable except for its location. It has no water, no air, no life that didn’t come from somewhere else, nothing. It just so happens to be at a good distance between other popular travel destinations. So, it’s a good place for a stopover, refueling, and so on. It’s basically a space
Alex Bright
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, but how my heart needed this book! I know a lot of you don't have access to Becky Chambers' newest release, so I'll keep this short and spoiler free. If you enjoyed the first three in the Wayfarers series, you'll enjoy this. Her characters and compassion are so lovely and she has definitely become one of my "comfort read" authors. This particular outing is focused on a sort of "cultural exchange" between an all-alien (non-human) cast, shedding more light on the universe (galaxy) which she ha ...more
I can't beleive this is the final book in the series! I'm so sad!

This was an amazing addition to the Wayfarers world, I was enthralled as usual by this incredidble vivid world.

Becky Chambers does a fantastic job of portraying such diverse cultures and customes amoungst all the different specicies in her world. They were so real, when not reading the book I had to remind myself that they didn't exist.

Theres a feeling of both sorrow and hope running throughout this book and I was an emotional wrec
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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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