Record of a Spaceborn Few (The Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers

Science Fiction, 358 pages, published in 2018

Generations after the Exodan fleet left Earth, it has found it’s destination. A cast of characters questions what it means when a ship has found it’s destination and the purpose of tradition.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I have loved the previous two books in this series for how character driven they are and the exploration of alien cultures, but this entry in the series just didn’t do it for me. The two elements about the series that I have loved so far were not as present as I wished they were.

There are a ton of POV characters in this book, and their connections aren’t immediately clear. Especially at the beginning, this just made it hard for me to understand where the book was going. Because these characters were so disconnected, it took even longer to get to know them. Had they been interacting with each other from the beginning, you could get to know two of them at once, but since that didn’t happen, there were a ton of side characters for each main character to get to know.

This book takes place on a human fleet, so there are very limited aliens. The previous books have taken place either with a big cast of alien characters, or in a place where there are a lot of aliens. There is one alien perspective, and that’s actually the part of the book I enjoyed the most.

Towards the end, the themes of what home is was really explored, but for me, it just took too much set up to get there. There was an event in the middle of the book that was a catalyst for the main characters to start figuring out what home meant to them, but I wished that had happened a lot earlier.

Even though I didn’t particularly care for this book, I will definitely be reading more from the series! Even though I was disappointed after the first book that the sequels weren’t directly connected, I am glad for it now because I know I can enjoy more in this world and series, even though I didn’t like this one.

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