REVIEW: The Galaxy and The Ground Within by Becky Chambers
In the last book of the series, The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers, we follow a character we saw in the first book, Pei. Pei gets stuck with a bunch of misfits on the planet Gora. Gora has no water, air or native life so the only way people land there, is if they are on a neighbouring more popular planet. In our human world, she would call it a service station or a truck stop for those americans out there. It is just a stop before you land where you are meant to be going. When a technological failure occurs and halts all traffic to and from Gora, Pei and two other people get thrown together with nothing to do but wait they end up talking about their lives and wonder what their purpose might be and how to make that move and making it a reality.
First and foremost, I love that Chambers always brings back minor characters from other books and tells a tale of them being the main character of their own story. And to truly get the experience of this, I highly recommend that you read this series in order of publication, though it is an anthology series and can be read in any order, I feel like you will get a better and truer experience of this world and how all the characters of the books interact with each other. But having a new cast of characters every book does mean that you don’t get to see your favourites again. I absolutely loved the cast of the first book and I’m sad I didn’t get to see them. This will always be something that I dislike about anthology series. And in true Chambers style, this book is filled with little plot and more story about the characters themselves as her books are always character driven not plot driven which is something I love about Becky Chambers.
Overall, 4 out of 5 stars.