To Be Taught, If Fortunate

Paperback, 153 pages

Published Sept. 3, 2019 by Harper Voyager.

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4 stars (9 reviews)

At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth using synthetic biological supplementations. With the fragile body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to explore exoplanets long suspected to harbour life.

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2 stars


It was OK.

Unlike The Galaxy and The Ground Within (also written by Becky Chambers), this novella doesn't have a lot of space (see what I did there?) to develop its characters and have you care about them.

There's a little bit of tension as the crew navigates to each planet they've been tasked with scouring for life. Will they be ok? What will they find? Etc.

But it was hard for me to care.

I powered through the novella because Becky Chambers's writing style is easy to read but I'm not sure I got much out of reading it.