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Review: A Closed and Common Orbit

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers) - Becky Chambers

While this sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet doesn't continue the adventures of the crew on the Wayfarer, this follows couple of characters through as warm and wonderful a story. I loved the first book, and I love this sequel. Don't make me pick a favorite!

The narrative swaps between Sidra's present day timeline, living and working with Pepper while struggling to figure out how to adapt, and Pepper's past. While they have entirely different struggles, the physical ordeals of Pepper's youth and existential crises of Sidra's present are both treated with legitimacy and validity. I don't know if this is meant as a counter commentary to the all to common "millennials doing everything wrong" think pieces of the day, but it certainly works on that level.

These two people thrown together in a shuttle at the beginning are in entirely different places in their lives, but trying hard to get along. As the title implies, they have things in common - more as the story goes on, but I don't want to get into to many spoilers. The examples I'll list: each has a great love of trying new flavors, each has selected their own name, and each befriends an artist. These are the trivial things. Read this awesome book for the non trivial things. And for the wonderfully wild differences as well.

This is such a lovely book. A balm I needed. A warm hug.