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The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473647664

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 18th February 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items

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The stunning finale to the award-winning Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

When a freak technological failure halts traffic to and from the planet Gora, three strangers are thrown together unexpectedly, with seemingly nothing to do but wait.

Pei is a cargo runner at a personal crossroads, torn between her duty to her people, and her duty to herself.

Roveg is an exiled artist, with a deeply urgent, and longed for, family appointment to keep.

Speaker has never been far from her twin but now must endure the unendurable: separation.

Under the care of Ouloo, an enterprising alien, and Tupo, her occasionally helpful child, the trio are compelled to confront where they’ve been, where they might go, and what they might be to one another.

Together they will discover that even in the vastness of space, they’re not alone.


‘Becky Chambers is a wonder, and I feel better for having her books in my life’ JOHN CONNOLLY

‘In a word, brilliant’ ANDREW CALDECOTT

‘A quietly profound, humane tour de force’ GUARDIAN

‘Chambers is simply an exceptional talent’ TOR.COM

‘Becky Chambers takes space opera in a whole new and unexpected direction’ BEN AARONOVITCH

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[A] delightful, cozy novel. Devoted fans and newcomers alike will thrill with this imaginative sci-fi confection
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
*** Praise for Becky Chambers ***
Becky Chambers is a wonder, and I feel better for having her books in my life
John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker Thrillers
In a word, brilliant
Andrew Caldecott, author of Rotherweird
A quietly profound, humane tour de force
Chambers is simply an exceptional talent
Becky Chambers takes space opera in a whole new and unexpected direction
Ben Aaronovitch, author of Rivers of London
Terrific. . . a masterly exploration of characterisation and diversity wrapped in intensity, heartbreak and tension
Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
An boundlessly imaginative and fantastical conclusion to a thrilling series of novels
Woman and Home
A story filled with heart-warming characters and intriguing connections. Chambers once again creates an epic space setting with a detailed, personal view of some of its inhabitants. Humour and heartache weave through her insightful prose and diverse characters
Library Journal (starred review)
For fans of character-driven science fiction who are interested in how differences can be a source of strength, not weakness
Booklist (starred review)
Becky Chambers writes aliens like no one else ... the only flaw in this series is you'll wish you could spend more time with all of them
NPR 50 Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Books of the Past Decade