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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

To Be Taught, If Fortunate

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"Ariadne is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does.

Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.

Carrying all the trademarks of her other beloved works, including brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional, diverse characters, Becky's first audiobook outside of the Wayfarers series is sure to capture the imagination of listeners all over the world."


To Be Taught, If Fortunate is a standalone sci-fi novella by Becky Chambers.

I picked this up because the first line of the book seemed like a good set-up for the rest of the story. Unfortunately for me, this didn't captivate me as much as I was hoping it would. Because it was a novella, there wasn't enough substance for me to rate it any higher than an okay book. I will try and pick up her other books though.

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