A Closed and Common Orbit

A Closed and Common Orbit

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Lovelace was once merely a ships artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who is determined to help her learn and grow.Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for, and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062569424
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc - Distributor

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Aug 30, 2020

I really did enjoy this book, though it wasn't at all what I was expecting. Neither of the main characters are queer, so, just wanted to put that out there (it's what I was expecting after the last book, but not good or bad). It was a good story about two people both discovering themselves after interesting beginnings. It was a quick read for me, and pretty enjoyable, though I liked it a bit less than the first book (which is usual, I think).

Dec 08, 2019

Amazing feel good queer science fiction. I find myself missing the characters sometimes because I fell so in love with them. Great themes on found families and supporting each other through anxiety/trauma from living in a conformist society and escaping to live in their own space. Can't wait to read the others in the series.

Jul 21, 2019

I'll keep this brief. Read any of the comments by others and plan accordingly. It is a great read, not necessarily a sequel, but more life in an interesting universe. This novel had a good format, trading stories with Jane and Sidra. Just ordered the 3rd book in this universe

Hillsboro_JeanineM Jul 12, 2019

A continuation of the Space Opera with Pepper's backstory and Lovelace's evolution. I loved the characters and parallel personal development of Jane 23 and Sidra as well as Tak's gender fluidity. A great read and continued story of this well developed universe. I can't wait to start the next book.

JCLStefanieE Apr 29, 2019

A brilliant and unconventional sequel to A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet follows the coming-of-age stories of Pepper, a lovable junk tech, and Sidra, a newly housed A.I. unit. within a robotic human body. There's a lot of futuristic deep thought within these pages combined with some great action and a very satisfying conclusion. I'm excited to read the third installment.

Apr 28, 2019

Very interesting story of a sort of love affair between AI and genetic creations. Only downer is a bit too much description of computer coding and too little believable science. A love story in a fight for survival.

Apr 11, 2019

I am completely in love with the characters and worlds that Becky Chambers creates. Though I was initially disappointed to learn that the second book (and the third, for that matter) was not a sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, continuing the stories of the Wayfarer Crew, I loved Sidra and Pepper (and Owl's!) stories in the second book, and all the characters in the third one. I'm still holding out hope for another book set on the Wayfarer, but in the meantime, I'm ready to devour whatever Becky Chambers comes out with. HIGHLY recommended.

Apr 10, 2019

Don't give up on this. Panted an amazing SF future gone sideways. Good Read. -

Jan 20, 2019

I LOVED The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. I ate that book up. So when my library alerted me that the sequel was available, I didn't waste time snagging it.

The thing is, the sequel is a stand-alone follow up that follows Pepper and Lovelace, not the crew of the Wayfarer. And although Pepper's backstory is kind of heartbreaking, and this book had some bittersweet things to say about finding your place in life, I was a tad bit disappointed that I wasn't following the further adventures of the Wayfarer crew.

So now that my initial disappointment with the book is out of the way: it was good. Solid science fiction. You don't have to read the first book (but why wouldn't you?), and it's a very human-centric, character-driven narrative. We get Pepper then and now, and Lovelace as she figures out how to be real. There's Becky Chambers' adept use of perspective (I have never considered AI civil rights so much as I did while reading this book) and statements about how we humans treat each other when we think no one is holding us accountable.

I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed the characters. I'm a bit nervous that the ending wrapped up so nicely. Is there gonna be a Wayfarers #3? All in all, it was a quick and interesting read that wraps up a loose end from the first novel. I recommend it to fans of the first Wayfarers novel, and fans of science fiction in general.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 30, 2018

A second excellent SF novel by Becky Chambers. This is an independent sequel to *The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet*. At the end of the previous book, the ship’s artificial intelligence (“AI”) had been destroyed while saving the ship. An attempted reboot did not bring back the AI’s memories and personality. Pepper, a technician who had been brought in to help the ship, downloaded the rebooted AI into an illegal humanoid body kit and took “her” (programmed female personality) back to the planet where Pepper had her repair shop.

The basic plot splits into two parts. The AI, now named Sidra, needs to learn how to be undetectably *human*. But it is a case of the blind leading the blind. Pepper herself has always had trouble learning how to be human, because she was raised by AIs. The novel alternates chapters between Sidra and Pepper trying to work out how to be human adults and chapters where young “Jane 23” (Pepper’s childhood name) figures out how to survive on a planet where she is a factory slave.

Neither of these novels is like anyone else’s work. The author is very thoughtful and really plans the details in a believable manner. It was hard to put down.

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Nov 14, 2018

As Jane headed back home, she decided something, and she knew it better than she’d ever known anything. She would die someday—no getting around that. But nobody would find her bones in the scrapyard. She wasn’t going to leave them there.


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