A Closed and Common Orbit

Wayfarers #2

Paperback, 364 pages

English language

Published Aug. 7, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton.

ISBN:
9781473621473

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4 stars (25 reviews)

Once, Lovelace had eyes and ears everywhere. She was a ship's artificial intelligence system - possessing a personality and very human emotions. But when her ship was badly damaged, Lovelace was forced to reboot and reset. Now housed in an illegal synthetic body, she's never felt so isolated. But Lovelace is not alone. Pepper, an engineer who risked her life to reinstall Lovelace's program, has remained by her side and is determined to help her.

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Wunderschöne Story und liebenswerte Charaktere

5 stars

Hach, was fĂŒr ein wunderbares Buch. đŸ„°

Der Fokus liegt hier auf den zwei Hauptprotagonistinnen, deren Charakterentwicklung und einen konsistenten Handlungsstrang mit merklich steigendem Spannungsbogen. Somit ist der ErzÀhlstil anders, als in Teil eins, dennoch ist das Buch mindestens genauso gut, wenn nicht sogar besser!

Die Story fand ich wunderschön und die Protagonistinnen und die drei Nebencharaktere durch und durch sympathisch und liebenswert. Auch dieses Mal habe ich wĂ€hrend des Lesens mehrfach in Emotionen geschwelgt. Wie sehr habe ich mit ihnen mitgefiebert, wie sehr mitgefĂŒhlt, wenn sie es schwer hatten, wie sehr ging mir das Herz auf, wenn sie schöne Dinge erlebt hatten. Und letztere sind zum GlĂŒck auch in diesem Teil wieder in der Mehrzahl, auch wenn diesmal ein bisschen hĂ€ufiger auch etwas bedrĂŒckendere Momente stattfinden, was die Bindung an die Charaktere aber umso mehr verstĂ€rkt.

Besonders angetan hat es mir Protagonistin Sidra. Nicht nur, weil ich es interessant 


feel good but real scifi too

4 stars

i enjoyed A Closed and Common Orbit even more than the prequel one. (which has not enough story to keep up--for my taste at least) i think of it as a kind of double bildungsroman, with two developing characters between which the novel is split.

Chambers connects her scifi(-world) convincingly and smoothly with the problems most of us are facing and can relate to. it's how scifi should comment the present. and although the focus is always on the personalities, there are also a lot of social themes and thoughts.

a lot of readers mention the caring characters throughout the story, which make it so satisfactional to follow. I can support that! but it would be sad to think, it's just another form of escapism, a tweak to the genre. this is a shortcoming of understanding the themes Chambers is working on.

the real impact makes Chambers skill in building 


made me cry more than once

5 stars

I absolutely adored this book. I realise that part of this is that it was a perfect little escape while I was stuck at home with covid, but I do also think it's really wonderful.

It has some similar strengths to the first in the series, in that it's mostly about the relationships between a few outcast characters that become a chosen family and just happen to be in space. But if anything I think it's better written (I guess Chambers getting into her stride with book 2), and benefits from being a more focussed story of a smaller number of characters. And has some weightier things to say about embodiment, the tension between fitting in and freedom, and loyalty & reciprocity.

I am excited about the rest of the series.

Review of 'A Closed and Common Orbit' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This was impossible to put down. Ironically it was the wide array of species and cultures that impressed me with the first book, and there's less of that here. But the parallel stories were totally riveting, and I was just so impressed with the quality of the writing and reality of the emotions portrayed that I will be buying anything else Chambers comes up with.

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