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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

By Pamelascott

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone.

But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible imagination of Becky Chambers and has been nominated for any number of awards and accolades, including the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction, the Tiptree Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.


Lovelace had been in a body for twenty-eight minutes, and it still felt every bit as wrong as it had the second she woke up inside it. PART 1: DRIFT, LOVELACE


(@HodderBooks, 20 October 2016, 385 pages, e-book, bought from @AmazonKindle)



I was very excited about this book because I loved the first book so much. I had to admit, I'm a tiny bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book, well written and engaging with great characterisation. This book focuses on what happens to Lovelace, the AI from the Wayfarer as she starts a new life far from the ship in a synthetic body and learns to be a human as possible. I enjoyed her story. Lovelace who changes her name to Sidra comes across a very human and I enjoyed being with her as she takes her first steps in a very different world and gradually forms new memories. This was fascinating reading. Sidra's chapters alternate with chapters by someone called Jane who is raised by an AI called Owl. Jane's purpose doesn't become clear until much later. I'm disappointed because you don't learn what happened to the rest of the Wayfarer crew.

Closed Common Orbit Becky Chambers

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