Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Book Review


Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: Wayfarers #3

Released: 7/24/18 by Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 359 Price:$16.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the Audiobook from my library.  


Book Synopsis:

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 when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

My Review:

I’m going to be upfront about this book with you.  I did not love it as much as I did the first two in the series.  This is even my second attempt at getting through it.  I checked it out in paper first and carried it around for six weeks before returning it.  Saw it was going to be available as an audiobook and decided to give it another shot.  Even then, I started it and almost didn’t finish it before it expired off my phone.

I’m not sure what the problem was but I found myself having trouble following along to the plot.  I struggled to place characters from one chapter to the next and I know I missed a whole chunk in the middle.  By the end, I think I was paying better attention but it was a struggle.  I wanted to enjoy it so much but if I’m totally honest if I had not read the first two books I would have DNF this one.  If the author writes more in this series I will read them but I’m not going to rush out there and pick one up release week.

Other than that I didn’t hate the book it just failed to capture my enthusiasm that the other two did.  I liked several of the characters and I found the situation interesting if not the plot.  There is one character in the book that broke my heart but I’m not going to say more to avoid spoiling anything.

This book was simply less of an adventure and more of a case study in this civilization’s life.  I did enjoy the alien character that was there on a cultural exchange but didn’t feel like the author used that plot thread to its full potential and couldn’t even tell you what happened to the character by the end of the book.  The book simply left me wanting more.  Wanting to love it when I didn’t.  I’m glad I made it through but won’t be reading this one again.

My Rating: 2 Stars