SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
'A quietly profound, humane tour de force' Guardian
The beloved debut novel that will restore your faith in humanity
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.
But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.
Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years... if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.
But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS
'Never less than deeply involving' DAILY MAIL
'Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination' iBOOKS
'So much fun to read' HEAT
'Chambers is simply an exceptional talent, quietly and beautifully redefining the space opera' TOR.COM
'The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time' iO9
Customer ReviewsSee All
Something different form the usual sci-fi novel
A sci-fi tale that is more about the characters than the events. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, it is refreshing to read a novel of this sort that is less interested in the adventure than it is in the effect the adventure has on those taking part. I will certainly be reading the sequels.
Amazing read, the writer should be really proud! Worth the money and much much more.
Fine Sci Fi
It is increasingly difficult to find good new sci fi that really is just that. I was unable to put this book down after I started it and have had the most enjoyable time reading it. The beauty of sci fi is the mirror it holds to us here and now. This work certainly does that combined with a great story and engaging characters. Can’t wait to start the next and see how they develop further. Thank you, Becky.