Title: To be taught, if fortunate.
Author: Becky Chambers.
Publisher: Harper Voyager.
Page count: 144.
Release day: September 3rd 2019.
Genre: Adult, science-fiction.
Rating: 4 stars.
*Thanks to Edelweiss for providing this ARC*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Adriane is one such explorer. As an
astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep
between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is
one of fluid body and stable mind and of a unique perspective on the passage of
time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it
Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.
Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky’s first audiobook outside of the Wayfarers series is sure to capture the imagination of listeners all over the world.
I was so excited when I was approved for this ARC! But than I read Record of a spaceborn few, and I really didn’t like it (review for that one comes later this week!) So I was a bit afraid going into this one, but luckily it turned out well!
So in this book we follow Ariadne who is travelling with three others on a spaceship to four different planets, to explore life on those planets. We get to see these different planes, only shortly, but we also get to see life in a spaceship. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, since this is just a novella!
The first thing I have to mention, is that this book is very scientific. It explains quite some complex things. For me there were things that I didn’t know but I could understand because of the explanation, some things went a bit over my head, and other things were explained but I already knew (since I study chemistry (: ). Personally I really enjoyed learning all these new stuff you apparently need to know when you go explore new planets!
I feel like this book is more based on explore those different planets than on character development. Which surprised me, since her other series is very character-driven! This is also why I didn’t give this book 5 stars, because I didn’t really care about the characters at all?! I prefer plot-driven books, certainly, but I do want to feel something about the characters!
The ending really surprised me, in good way! Also the quote at the very and was so good!
After finishing Record of a spaceborn few, I kinda decided to not read anything by Becky Chambers anymore, except this ARC since I already had it. But now I will definitely look forward to her next release!