ARC Review: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I did an ARC review on my blog (and a while since a book captured my attention as much as this one if I’m honest!)

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is the fourth book in the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers, but it can be read as a standalone. I think reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet helps with the scene setting though. Firstly, can we talk about the cover? This series has amazing covers but this one is probably my favourite.

Star rating: 5 stars

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within follows a small number of characters: Pei, a cargo runner we have met in previous books, Speaker, who becomes separated from her sister for the first time during a technological failure, and Roveg, an exiled artist. They are thrown together during the technological failure, stuck with their host Ouloo and her son Tupo.

Like the other books in the series, the world and culture building of alien species is really, really rich. Becky Chambers thinks of everything – from approach to gender to parenthood to biology, Becky has it covered. This book brings together those culture differences more than the others, with the central characters having different perspectives on the world they live in. None of the characters are human, which makes for some really funny jokes for a human reader.

I put this book up with my favourites of all time. Each book in the series brings something different – this one has really special characters who I loved so much that the book made me happy cry in a few places. I really like that Becky gave each one time to tell their story, and made sure the end was satisfying and complete.

Overall, a stunning final book in the Wayfarers series. I am so sad it is over, given that the world is so huge there could be so much more. I am really excited to see what Becky’s new series will be like though! Thanks Hodder and Stoughton for the review copy through NetGalley, this was honestly such a treat.

Have you read any books by Becky Chambers? If you want sci-fi that is character driven and brings out plenty of emotions, this is absolutely the series for you. You can read my Spotlight post to find out about the other Wayfarers books!