Review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
4 Stars , Reviews / July 20, 2017

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers is more of an emotional journey rather than the space adventure we had in the first book. This book can easily work as a stand alone, even though both of the two main characters are also from Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. Lovelace used to be a ship’s AI, and if you read Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, you know she has some very humanizing characteristics. In this book, she is adjusting to life outside the ship, in a body of her own. She is transitioning to being an individual, and though she has had her memory wiped and does not remember time before, she inherently relates to being an AI versus being a human. Since the “kit” (a very realistic synthetic body) she was downloaded to is highly illegal, it is incredibly important she pass for human. Funnily enough, one of the things that makes this harder is she was programmed to never lie. So, living a charade without technically telling a lie, it’s not easy. She befriends Pepper, the engineer whiz from Book 1 that downloaded her consciousness  to her new body (not that she remembers this)….

Review: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
5 Stars , Reviews / September 6, 2015

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet commanded my complete attention from the very beginning, and was a book that I longed to continue reading any time real life got diverted me from its pages. Rosemary Harper is the newest crew mate for The Wayfarer. Her past is a bit mysterious, but you quickly learn she is bright and a hard worker. You can’t help but wonder about her motivation for joining a long haul mission when she’s never served as crew on a ship before, even short haul. But when you meet the crew of The Wayfarer, that quickly gets brushed to the side,  because really, who wouldn’t want to work with the set of people? The Wayfarer is a patchwork ship (literally as mish mash pieces  all slapped together inside and out) consisting of a diverse crew that is really just incredibly fun. In the beginning, the crew dynamics couldn’t help but remind me of Retribution Falls, however as I continued to read, I quickly realized that this was (no disrespect to RF which I loved)  a more sophisticated/worldly book than that. This book is very character driven, but through those characters and their relationships and interactions, the…