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A closed and common orbit (Wayfarers #2)

Beginning during the final events of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, this standalone sequel branches out to explore new characters and new corners of the galaxy.

Once, Lovelace had eyes and ears everywhere. She was a ship’s artificial intelligence system, tasked with caring for the health and well-being of her crew, possessing a distinct personality and very human emotions. Now, reactivated and reset, Lovelace finds herself in a synthetic body. She’s gone from being virtually omniscient to a limited physical existence, in a community where her kind are illegal. She’s never felt so isolated.

But Lovelace is not alone. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall her program, has remained by her side and is determined to help her adjust to her new world.

Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

Pepper was born Jane 23, part of a slave class created by a rogue society of genetic engineers. At ten years old, Jane 23 has never seen the sky; she doesn’t even know such a thing exists. But when an industrial accident gives Jane 23 a chance to escape, she takes the opportunity and hides away in a nearby junkyard. Now, having recreated herself as Pepper, she makes it her mission to help Lovelace discover her own place in the world. Huge as the galaxy may be, it’s anything but empty.

"Both clever and heartbreaking, Chambers' story focuses on the journeys and growth of her two characters rather than a traditional struggle with a malevolent antagonist. The result is a powerful novel about acceptance, disability, and making one’s way in a difficult world." - The Verge

  • Nominated for the 2016 BSFA Award for Best Novel

  • Nominated for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel

  • Nominated for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award

  • Winner of the 2017 Prix Julia Verlanger

  • Included in the nomination for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Series