Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers - Book Review
The third in the Wayfarer series, "Record of a Spaceborn Few" has turned out to be just a really big disappointment. After loving The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and falling in love all over again with A Close and Common Orbit, this one just let me down. "Record of a Spaceborn Few" follows the lives of a few different characters who live on the Fleet, a series of human spaceships who left Earth is search for life. Only when they found it, they didn't go to those habitable planets, but instead just stayed on the Fleet. I have to admit that I didn't really like the reasoning and philosophy of life of the Fleet people. I found them a bit closed minded and afraid of making contact with the rest of the universe. Some of them just held on to old grudges towards other sapiens. I was also not that keen on how sheltered they were and they came across as a bit judgemental towards other species. What I loved in the other books is the cast and diversity of characters, which was missing here. Here we mostly got humans too afraid to leave the Fleet and move on. On the upside I was very keen on their policy of recycling and their equality based system.
Besides the fact that I didn't find the Fleet's way of life that interesting, a huge downside for me was that over half of the book offers accounts of the different characters and it is not until the end that we get to see the connections. Becky Chambers works very well with an ensemble of friends and her other books excel because she knows how to beautifully build connections. Unfortunately, in Record of a Spaceborn Few, we only get those connections in the last 100 pages (which by the way were excellent). That would have been great if I didn't already lose the will to love this book by then.
It was the book that I was probably looking forward to reading most this month and it unfortunately turned out to also be the biggest letdown. 3/5 🌟
Have you read this one? Or the other books in tbe Becky Chambers' series? What did you think?