I went into this wanting more of the same, and initially I was disappointed: this wasn't the Wayfarer again, or the crew I'd grown to love. But it was something more and just as good, and just as impossible to put down. A hugely moving story and wonderful return to the universe Chambers has created.
Was initially disappointed about the character focus as i wanted more of the whole crew, but was on over once again by interesting characterisation and approach. There is a sense of family in these books i have not felt anywhere else.
Synopsis: One of the Wayfarer‘s crew has rescued Lovelace – or what was left of her – after the reboot, and taken her back to their home planet to adjust to life in her new body to spare her and the Wayfarer‘s engineer the grief of Lovey’s lost personality. But for an AI who’s used to being able to see and hear everything at all times and download any required information instantly and save it all in an expansive memory, life in a human-like body constrained by leftover inhuman programming protocols is confusing, confining, and terrifying.
What I thought: This is your feel-good reading book, your temporary Brexit antidote. Yes, there is danger, and loss, and pain, and grief – but there is also self-discovery, redemption, friendship, and joy. This is on my Hugo Novel longlist because I am still smiling and feeling uplifted, a week after finishing it.