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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within: A Novel…

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within: A Novel (Wayfarers Book 4) (udgave 2021)

af Becky Chambers (Forfatter)

Serier: Wayfarers (4)

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Titel:The Galaxy, and the Ground Within: A Novel (Wayfarers Book 4)
Forfattere:Becky Chambers (Forfatter)
Info:Harper Voyager (2021), 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Nøgleord:to-read, 0-to-get-when-published, import20210222-take2

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Chambers, Becky. The Galaxy and the Ground Within. Wayfarers No. 4. Harper Voyager, 2021.
The premise of Becky Chambers’ The Galaxy and the Ground Within is one that is tried and true in many sorts of movies and novels. Take a bunch of diverse characters who don’t know each other and lock them up and force them to get to know one another. This time it happens with several species of utterly charming galactic citizens. The locale is what in earlier times would have been a lonely desert truck stop or stagecoach watering hole. This time it is a desert planet with not much to recommend it except that it is a junction of five wormholes that lead to planets sapient creatures want to visit. A marsupial-like woman and her prepubescent son run a multispecies inn there called The Five Hop One Stop. Her guests include a methane breather called Speaker, a gun runner who communicates with color, and an exiled multilegged media producer. A cascading failure in the planet’s satellite network strands them there for a few days and events draw them together in unexpected ways. Chambers has the knack of letting us see through each of the character’s eyes, or other sensory organs, so we get to understand what they know and don’t know about each other. She says that this is the end of the Wayfarer series that began with Journey to a Small Angry Planet. I hope she has a change of heart. Her universe is too much fun to let it go. ( )
  Tom-e | Apr 28, 2021 |
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within
(Wayfarers #4)
by Becky Chambers

This is a brilliant and well thought out book! It's a book I requested from the publisher and NetGalley and the review is my own opinion. Thanks so much for letting me read this wonderful book!

Chambers has a way of creating characters that are so extremely different from each other from their looks, physical traits, background, politics, worlds, upbringing, society norms, and well, everything about them. But at the same time Chambers makes them so similar and relatable.

This is about a Way Station of sorts with a variety of species each on a different mission of their own. They stop for fuel and rest but are then forced to stay due to unforeseen circumstances. There is no "bad guys" in this story. It's a group of characters stranded together with the hostess and her inquisitive son at the station.

During the time they are there, the strangers change. The firm beliefs they held and why they hold said beliefs emerge. Things aren't as they always seem. We as the reader could learn from this. The complete strangers slowly change and it becomes a heartwarming story especially when one of them almost dies.

This is a feel good story with lots of heart, humor, and lessons for all, regardless of species, lol! Recommend this book highly! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Apr 25, 2021 |
61/2021. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers is a science fiction novel in her Wayfarers series although as with all Chambers' books it reads perfectly as a standalone. Another well-written story focussing primarily on a small group of disparate characters and the complexities of their relationships. The simple classic plot of confining several strangers together in a stressful situation and seeing how they cope also works updated into this futuristic setting.

Quote: "They were stuck in a hab dome filled with cakes and blooming hedges, not crash-landed on an asteroid or venting oxygen into space."

I intended to extract another quote but I was so engrossed in reading that I forgot to write it down. :-) ( )
  spiralsheep | Apr 19, 2021 |
This is the fourth, and apparently final, book in Becky Chambers' wonderful Wayfarers series. The series is set in the Galactic Commons, a federation of sapient species in the galaxy, of which humans are one of the newest and least important members.

In this book, as in A Closed and Common Orbit, humans are more peripheral characters. The central characters are two Laru (a marsupial-like species), a Quelin (arthropod-like), an Akarak (a small, bird-like species that doesn't breathe oxygen, and uses a bipedal environment suit), and an Aeluon (bipedal, scaled, bald, and communicate through color patches on their cheeks--somewhat analogous to cephalopods, who also use the ability to change color in various ways to communicate.)

Gora is a world with no water, only a thin atmosphere, no life, no valuable resources--unremarkable except for being at the nexus of five wormholes that provide transport to far more interesting places. It's a busy hub, and the main, or rather only, industry on Gora is providing hospitality, supplies, and maintenance to the crews and ships passing through. Few visitors hang around long, until an accident among the communication satellites in orbit around Gora.

With no communications, and no one able to take off safely due to the debris cloud, everyone is stuck on planet until the debris cloud is cleaned up and communications are restored. At the Five-Hop One-Stop, run by the Laru Ouloo, with the sometimes dubious assistance of her child, Tupo, is suddenly hosting three guests who had expected to be gone within a few hours after arrival.

Roveg, the Quelin, is a vid designer, exiled from Quelin society, and with an urgent appointment to keep. Pei, the Aeluon, captains a cargo transport serving the Aeluon fleet in the Rosk war. She plans to meet up with her friend Ashby, aboard the Wayfarer, but that, too, has a time limit. She can't overstay her leave. Speaker, the Akarak, is traveling with her sister, Tracker--but Speaker is on the planet alone in her shuttle, with Tracker back on their ship. Akarak normally travel in family groups, but Speaker and Tracker don't really have other family.

The Akarak also aren't members of the Galactic Commons, for complicated reasons. They're on the fringes, scavenging and trading, and widely perceived as thieves and troublemakers. Speaker, though, only wants to help her people survive, and is proud of never stealing to do it.

There's not big plot here, built around adventure or battle or murder. It isn't even about the orbital disaster that has temporarily grounded them all. It's about these five people, three travelers and their two Laru hosts, getting to know each other, both as individuals and as members of different cultures with different customs, standards, and beliefs. All of them learn and grow and change, and make some major life choices as a result. As in all Chambers' work, the unifying theme is decency, kindness, and mutual respect, even, or perhaps especially, when it requires some uncomfortable reexamination of oneself and one's own assumptions.

If this is truly the end of the series, and to be clear, kudos to Chambers for ending it now if she feels she's said all she has to say in this setting, I'm going to miss it.

Highly recommended.

I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley, and am reviewing it voluntarily. ( )
  LisCarey | Apr 9, 2021 |
Very nearly perfect. The last third is wonderful, the first feels a little clunky in places and you're wondering why you should care, but them bamm suddenly it all matters. I believe this is the last book Becky is intending to write in this universe, and it's a thoroughly satisfying ending. There are so many stories we haven't got to hear, Jenks and Rosemary who began the whole thing, but each of the Wayfarer books picks up a different characters who was merely mentioned in the opening volume, and this is the Pei's tale. Alien lover of a human captain, she has a ship and a life of her own and faces disapproval of her entire species for the way she's chosen to live. She's just finished another dangerous mission, and has a few weeks of leave which she's chosen to spend with Ash. However on her way there she has a tunnel transit layover and spends the time on a planet 'rest station'.

The somewhat contrived scenario means that the rest of the book is the viewpoints from Pei, and the other aliens she's trapped with for a few days. They don't lack for necessities or comforts, but have to learn to live with each other. And this is perhaps the weakest premise of the book. There are no humans, but none of the aliens feel totally alien either - an incredibly tricky concept to pull off - however in mitigation none of them are stereotypes of their supposed races because they are all the the explorers, the ones from their races who go out into the Galaxy (each for their own reasons) and have all learned to be tolerant and supportive - kind perhaps is a better way to put it - because otherwise they'd never have got to where they are.

Becky does very well at conveying the physical differences between the characters, their senses, their requirements, and she's also got the atmosphere down perfectly, the slightly forced but essentially compassionate feeling you get anywhere a group of travelers from different backgrounds meet - curiosity and respect for personal space. If you've ever hung out in hostel or chatted to people sharing the road especially during a bit of minor drama you'll recognize it immediately. However what there isn't is a sense of true alienness, all the characters have a human feel to their thoughts, which doens't quite work. I've only read a few books that have ever managed to capture this properly, and it's by no means a bad attempt far from the worst I've read, but not quite there. Which is after all maybe the point, whoever we meet, wherever we meet them, there is always common ground that can be found, be it food, music, sympathy, history or just joy in living.

The whole series is a complete joy so different from the bleakness which can pervade SF at times, and manages to achieve this without being trite. I think this will be on my re-read list for a very long time - not every year, but frequently worth remembering that there are happy lives out there. ( )
3 stem reading_fox | Mar 4, 2021 |
Viser 5 af 5
Kudos to the writer of this book. You did an amazing job. Why don't you try to publish your book in NovelStar? A lot of readers will love your work, judging from the book I just read.
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