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The Vela (season 1)

authors: Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon, S.L. Huang (2019)
narrator: Robin Miles
date read: 18 July 2021
rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This was a gift from Mum in 2020. I asked for it because it had Becky Chambers as one of the listed authors, and I love her work.

It’s a story about Asala, a mercenary-for-hire in a solar system that’s gradually freezing. She’s dispatched to find the Vela, a refugee ship from a dying outer planet that’s gone missing. Her journey takes her across several planets, and she discovers that it’s not as simple as she was told. The ship was actually carrying technology that could help people escape the system—but she has to decide who gets it.

The worldbuilding is fun: it’s a good concept that has parallels to real-world refugees, and it forces you to think about the difficult moral situations. The characters are well fleshed-out and compelling, and it ends on a cliffhanger ending that leaves me wanting more. The narration is good, with enough sound effects to be fun, but not enough to be distracting.

Unfortunately, the audiobook can only be listened to in the Realm app (formerly Serial Box), which is not great. It frequently lost my place, and I don’t feel compelled to listen to more books in the same app.

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