Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

Looking for something lighter after the 700 plus page John Tyler biography, my book for September was The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. I previously read her first three books: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet [July 2017], A Closed and Common Orbit [April 2018] and The Record of a Spaceborn Few [January 2019]. It is loosely a sequel to the first three books.

The novel takes place at the Five-Hop One-Stop, a refueling and licensing station located on the planet Gora. A technical failure causes nearly all of the satellites in orbit around Gora to crash and all traffic is halted. The five different aliens are trapped together for several days and end up confronting their similarities, differences, prejudices and personal challenges.

This book continues the author's excellent world building. I enjoyed it a lot more than the third book, but not as much as the first two books. I gave the first two books a "B+" and the third book a "C". I recommend the book and give it a solid "B" grade.

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