Galaxy, and the Ground Within
by Chambers, Becky

When a freak technological failure strands travelers at the Five-Hop One-Stop on the planet Gora, three alien strangers get to know each other in the fourth novel of the series following Record of a Spaceborn Few. Simultaneous. 75,000 first printing.

*Starred Review* Some places in the galaxy are bright and exciting. Some are literally useless. The planet Gora, where Chambers' latest (after Record of a Spaceborn Few, 2018) takes place, is a way station. People stop on their way to their final destinations and move right on through. When a catastrophe hits Gora, five beings, each with their own past and goals for the future, have to figure out how to get along in an interstellar truck stop. Each alien culture is described vividly, and each character's motivation is affecting in its own way. Conflicts, both interpersonal and life-threatening, are met with grace and handled with understanding. Themes include parenthood, gender, finding commonalities, and forging one's path in the universe. This is the final book in the Wayfarers series (which started with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, 2014), and though it doesn't end with a titanic space battle, the way that these characters work to support and learn from each other is very satisfying. Recommended for fans of character-driven science fiction who are interested in how differences can be a source of strength, not weakness. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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