Review of To Be Taught, If Fortunate: A Novella

I just finished reading To Be Taught, If Fortunate: A Novella by Becky Chambers.📚

This book tells the story of Ariadne and her three fellow travelers. They are astronauts on a mission to multiple Exoplanets. The mission’s goal is to survey four habitable worlds ecologically and without destroying any local ecosystems.

Due to the distance to eath - around fourteen light-years, the task takes multiple years. Each month they receive a news package from the Earth, which is already 14 years out of date. And at some point, the news update stops. Not knowing what is happening back home, the crew needs to decide how to continue the mission.

I liked the voice of the novella and how it structured the story. The author treats the readers as people back on Earth, receiving a mission report from Ariadne. And it is certainly not a boring report to read ;-)


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