The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

(Wayfarers #4)

eBook, 336 pages

English language

Published Feb. 17, 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton.


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3 stars (1 review)

With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.

At the Five-Hop One-Stop, long-haul spacers can stretch their legs (if they have legs, that is), and get fuel, transit permits, and assorted supplies. The Five-Hop is run by an enterprising alien and her sometimes helpful child, who work hard to provide a little piece of home to everyone passing through.

When a freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from Gora, three strangers—all different species with different aims—are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded, with nothing to do but wait, the trio—an exiled artist with an appointment to …

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3 stars

A feel good sci-fi story tailor made for 2020.

It's nice to be back in the wayfarers universe.
[a:Becky Chambers|8389735|Becky Chambers|] is still delightfully creative.
Captain Pei is an interesting character with real progressions thorough the story.

Other characters feel flat and stagnant.
* A bit too positive / optimistic for my taste. Like a job candidate listing "caring too much" as their greatest weakness.