The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

(Wayfarers #4)

eBook, 336 pages

English language

Published Feb. 17, 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton.


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5 stars (6 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 spacers can stretch their legs (if they have legs, that is), and get fuel, transit permits, and assorted supplies. The Five-Hop is run by an enterprising alien and her sometimes helpful child, who work hard to provide a little piece of home to everyone passing through.

When a freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from Gora, three strangers—all different species with different aims—are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded, with nothing to do but wait, the trio—an exiled artist with an appointment to …

2 editions

One for the heart

4 stars

Chambers’ Wayfarers cycle, of which this ostensibly is the last instalment, is the rare kind of SF that works its magic though the heart more than through the brain. The story of five aliens marooned, for a little while, on what is, essentially, an intergalactic road stop, will make you cry over a smile, rekindle your belief in humanity (even if nary a human plays a part) and, at times, laugh out loud (apparently, the matter of cheese is the most befuddling issue aliens would have with humankind). Or at least it made me do so.

Five aliens stranded at a galactic gas station discover the ground they have in common

4 stars

I like Becky Chambers, and the way she portrays common people, or common aliens as people. Her characters are not defined only by their galactic race. They have their own histories, their own agencies, that may or may not be dictated by the world they come from. One of the most desirable future I've read, without being written as an utopia.


5 stars

I'm a huge of fan of Becky Chamber's work, and this absolutely lives up to expectations. It's exactly what I've grown to expect and love. On one level it's got a slow and meandering pace and not a lot happens, and on another level there's so much going on. Small personal stories woven together beautifully. Characters who approach the world with love and kindness even when bad things are happening. Rich and thoughtful world building and alien cultures. This is a story about home: missing it, building it, choosing it, and not having it. I'm so sad to this series come to an end, but I'll come back to these books.

Es passiert wie immer nicht viel, aber Worldbuilding, Setting und Details sind einfach nett

5 stars

Der letzte Band der Wayfarers-Reihe. Ich bin ein bisschen sehr traurig, dass sie damit abgeschlossen ist, ich hätte gerne jedes Jahr einen weiteren Band gelesen. Inhaltlich knüpft das Buch nur insofern an die vorherigen Bände an, dass es im gleichen Universum spielt, d.h. auch die gleichen Spezies (und ein paar neue) vorkommen und ein paar kleine Verbindungen zu Charakteren aus den ersten Bänden vorkommen. Aber es ist nicht so, als würde man die Crew des ersten Bandes wiedersehen.

Es passiert nicht viel im Sinne von großen Kämpfen, politischen Scharmützeln oder Krönungen von Auserwählten Individuen. Das ist bei Chambers ja üblich, aber in diesem Buch passiert tatsächlich noch weniger. Auf Dauer wäre das langweilig, aber so gibt es der Geschichte die Möglichkeit, kleinere Konflikte näher zu betrachten und das Worldbuilding für die einzelnen Spezies zu verbessern. Riiichtig in die Tiefe geht hier nichts aber es ist wirklich einfach sehr sweet. Insbesondere …

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