A Closed and Common Orbit

{4.5/5} “She had no business being out among sapiens, masquerading as one of them. She wasn’t one of them, and she couldn’t even keep up that pretence while walking through a crowd. How long until someone asked her a question that would get Pepper and Blue in trouble?”

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, published in 2016

The new AI on the Wayfarer was given the choice of living in a body rather than the ship — she took that choice. Calling herself Sidra, she looks like a human. She lives with Pepper and Blue on Port Coriol. She’s used to being linked all the time and she’s not sure how she’s going to survive without it.

This is the sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet but it doesn’t follow the crew of the Wayfarer. The situation is different, but the book has the same terrific sense of humour.

We get Pepper’s backstory, when she was known as Jane 23. Both storylines are gripping.

It’s about finding your purpose in life. The importance of friendship to the story reminds me of Julie E. Czerneda’s books.

This is the 2nd novel by Chambers I’ve read.

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