This review is coming to you in the middle of the #24in48 readathon. A.K.A. the best weekend ever. I’m just about to start A Closed and Common Orbit, so I thought I’d better review the first book, before it gets all mixed up in my head.
I resisted this book for so long, despite hearing great things. I think it was the Guardian endorsement on the front cover – every book I’ve read on their recommendation over the last year has been a dud.
I kept hearing great things though, and when I picked up a copy when I was browsing in my local Waterstones, I couldn’t put it down.
From the blurb:
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.
Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
Rosemary Harper gets more than she bargained for when she joins the crew of a tunnelling ship called Wayfarer. All she was looking for was a quiet place to work, and hide from the rest of the Galactic Commons.
The crew of the Wayfarer are an eccentric but (mostly) friendly bunch: Kizzy and Jenks are human engineers who love verbal slanging matches and testing new chemical ways to have a good time, Sissix is the reptilian pilot, and comes from a culture where everyone is very touchy feely.
Dr Chef is the multi armed ship medical doctor slash caterer, he loves nothing more than making sure his crew are healthy and happy.
Ashby the Captain loves his crew, but he is sick of living just above the breadline. He dreams of a better job for his ship, that will allow them to raise their status and open up other opportunities.
When Ashby is offered the opportunity of a lifetime to build a hyperspace to a new world, he leaps at the chance. What he doesn’t know is that the new world is inhabited by a species constantly at war, and not all of the factions are happy about this new alliance…
This book is amazing! It’s funny, sweet, full of romance, adventure, and intrigue. It seems that everyone on the Wayfarer has a secret. This book is great, even if you’re not a SciFi fan. It’s just fun.
Let me know if you’ve read this book in the comments below.