In one of my last posts you would have seen me raving about Becky Chamber’s debut novel The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. I actually really love sci-fi but it’s a genre I never seen to pick up as much some as others, so delving into this series has been great for making me remember just how much I enjoy it. This actually worked so well in fact, that I wasted no time in delving straight into Becky Chamber’s second book.
Whilst A Closed and Common Orbit is a sequel of sorts, it doesn’t follow the same central characters that we meet upon the Wayfarer in the first book. Having said that, it does follow two main characters that we were aware of in the first book, shifting the focus here to follow these much more intensely. The novel actually picks up pretty soon after the final events of the first book, with the AI Lovelace having entered her kit and agreed to go off with the engineer Pepper as she acclimatises to her new situation. Lovelace’s exists threatens everything, her new life strictly against the Galaxy laws. If she were discovered it would mean the end, but Pepper is determined to stop this from happening. Pepper understands what it’s like to go against the rules, being born into a slave class created by a rogue society. She will stop at nothing to give Lovelace the start in life she deserves.