The Captain’s Log – a closed and common orbit (Becky Chambers)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I absolutely fell in love with this author’s novel the long way to a small, angry planet.  In fact, readin’ me review after all this time made me heart happy as I recaptured the feel of how great that book truly was.  While this book is the second book in the series, it actually can be read as a stand-alone, though I still recommend readin’ them in order.

Whereas the first book followed multiple people traveling the universe with a purpose, this story follows two individuals in two locations. In alternating chapters, ye explore how one person’s past influenced the present and then explore how the other person chooses to live their future.  The juxtaposition was poignant and absolutely engrossing.  I would actually be sad for a split second to switch perspectives and then become mesmerized once more.  The switching was deftly done and completely enriched this character driven story.  Both Pepper and Sidra have fascinating journeys.

Like in the first book, there are larger themes of friendship, identity, challenging prejudices, education, perseverance, and overcoming the circumstances of yer past to thrive.  This book was almost as good as the first.  So close.  I just wished the ending was different, but I am positive it is personal taste and that others will find it perfect.  So get this book and enjoy!

Side note: book three is coming out this July!  Arrrrr!!!!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

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 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’s 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.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers’ beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet . . .

To visit the author’s website go to:

Becky Chambers – Author

To buy the book go to:

a closed and common orbit – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the long way to a small, angry planet (Sailing to the Stars – Sci-Fi)

11 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – a closed and common orbit (Becky Chambers)

  1. Wow. I still remember your review of the first book. It made me add the book to my TBR hahahah And now you’re further into the series and I still haven’t tried it out! Life is hard as a bookworm who can’t stop adding books to his TBR.. Great review as always. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this sequel.

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    1. I am glad ye added this series to yer list. It is so good. I can’t stop adding books either. I currently have at least 30 that have sort of priority status and just spent 10 minutes trying to juggle in me head which one I read next. It’s a good problem. But I need more time.
      x The Captain

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    1. I almost thought that I would end of liking book two better. But the “climax” scene was just not as fun for me overall. But so far most people seem to like the second book better. Thanks fer the comment.
      x The Captain


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