A Closed and Common Orbit

A Closed and Common Orbit

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Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2016.
ISBN: 9781473621442
Characteristics: 365 pages


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Oct 06, 2017

Boring and pointless sequel. Almost didn't get past the first 80 pages. I won't be looking for her next book.

Aug 15, 2017

Becky Chambers' second book in this series is a gem. I found A Closed and Common Orbit more than compelling and I prefer it to book one, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet—though both are wonderful. Characters from book one come alive, interlock and resonate in phenomenal and unexpected ways, revealing each other across time. This is deft writing. Chambers has written a engaging and entertaining "sequel", but it can entirely stand all on its own if need be.

Jun 15, 2017

While I liked her first book this one was pretty flat. The book alternates between two time periods and two perspectives, unfortunately one of these stories is brilliant and the other is as bland as a bowl of cornflakes and rice milk.

I could have happily read a full-length novel dealing with nothing but Jane's story. Sidra's story was so unbearable that I was tempted to skip the chapters when they came up. It improved a little towards the end of the book but by that point it had already become such a chore that the resolution of the plot lines was more of a relief than anything else.

May 06, 2017

Another marvelous book by the author. We follow two characters from the first book. Pepper, formerly Jane 23, and the AI Sidra in a human kit body (illegal), formerly the ship AI Lovelace. Jane 23 is a slave clone sorting scrap in a factory and has no idea she is on a planet or there is any place outside the factory. We follow her from when she escapes the factory at age 10 to when she finally escapes the scrap yard at age 19 with Laurian, who becomes her partner Blue. The chapters alternate between the development of Sidra in the present and Pepper in the past. We also follow the interaction of Jane 23 and the ship AI Owl, on a scrap shuttle in the scrap yard. Owl teaches Jane about the universe and works at keeping her alive until they can all escape. The development of all the sapient characters, including the AIs, is really well done.

KateHillier Apr 03, 2017

I have to admit I was initially a little bit bummed to not be following the Wayfarer crew in this stand alone sequel but I loved this just as much as its predecessor. It was fantastic and heartwarming and hopeful and all the great things that are becoming what I see as standard for this universe.

Lovelace, the Wayfarer's AI, is offered a chance to leave the Wayfarer after the events of the previous book. She takes it, hops into a body kit, and follows energetic engineer to Pepper to her home and workplace. Pepper is eager to show Lovelace all that the world has to offer her but Lovelace is understandably uncomfortable and gun shy. It's a fantastic journey that the two of them embark on - and it mirrors the secondary story where we flash back to Pepper's past as a a girl named Jane and the track of her life is changed forever when she meets an AI named Owl.

Again the diversity, humanity, and wide breath of this universe astounds me. There are fewer people here to follow but the intimacy of the journeys here is all the better for that. Family is chosen here and stood by no matter what. I could gush about this forever but suffice to say if you loved the first book you'll love this one and if you've never heard of this series, you are in for a treat!

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