Venturing into space: Books set on spaceships

I strongly associate science fiction with spaceships. Despite not having read a lot of books involving spaceships (seven if I remember correctly). I do think that they are an interesting setting. There is the possibility to visit all kinds of different planets. And so much can go wrong if even a small part of the spaceship stops working. The passengers and crew are totally dependent on it. Living in a spaceship also creates interesting dynamics between characters. Especially on smaller spaceships the characters have to get along or at least not hate each other.

I may not know a lot of books set on a spaceships, but for SciFiMonth I do like to mention two of my favourites. I also listed some books I’d like to read in which spaceships play an important role.

Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The most remarkable about this book is the unique format. The whole story is told through chats, video transcripts and e-mails. This works exceptionally well! The book starts just after the evacuation of Kerenza. During the attack three spaceships manage to save most of the inhabitants. But on one of them a deadly plague has broken out. A plague is bad, but in a spaceship it’s worse. You can’t escape it. Furthermore, the fleet is followed. The attackers of Kerenza will not allow them to tell the rest of the galaxy what happened. The two main characters of this exciting story are Kady and Ezra. Interesting enough the AI also plays an important role.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky ChambersThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
This amazing book was my first read for SciFiMonth. It’s set on the Wayfarer, an older spaceship that is used to make tunnels throughout the galaxy. The story is about a crew of nine: 5 humans, a Grum, an Aandrisk, a Sianat Pair and the AI. The characters are well-described. Every one of them has their own story. It was especially interesting to learn about the non-human characters. Becky Chambers often surprised me with details about the other species. It was also beautiful to read, that despite the differences, the crew memebers accept each other for who they are.

To be read:

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe - Lauren James  Hullmetal Girls - Emily Skrutskie  Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


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