Record of a Spaceborn Few (Paperback, 2017, Hodder & Stoughton) 4 stars

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a …

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5 stars

Of the three Wayfarers books so far, this is probably my favorite. It is the first one I would truly consider hopepunk, because it's just so overall positive in its mood. Again, it's hugely different from the other two before that, but shares the common trait that there's no giant amounts of plot going on. It's the every-day life of 5 characters in the Exodan fleet. The Exodans are the humans who left the dying Earth to build a fleet from the remains, and who are in an orbit around the sun in said fleet, living permanently aboard their ships, their homesteads. The 5 characters we get to know more closely are all aboard the Asteria. There's Kip, an unhappy teenager who would rather be anywhere else, Eysa, a caretaker who is in charge of turning deceased into compost. There's Tessa, Ashby's sister, who is a cargo hauler with two kids, and Isabel who works at the Archives of the fleet and introduces a Harmagian friend to the ways of the Exodan. And then there's Sawyer, who used to live on a planet, and decides to try out the ways of the Exodan.

It's not without drama, but all in all, this was one of the most mellow reading experiences I have had in recent years. It's just so interesting and overwhelmingly positive and optimistic.