Book Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Hello everyone,

Today’s review is on To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers.


Becky Chambers is an author this popular with a lot of the BookTubers I follow, and I have been intrigued to pick up one of her books, bit I also haven’t been sure if I would like them. After hearing rave reviews about To Be Taught, If fortunate, I decided to pick it up.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate is set in the late 22nd century, and scientists have finally figured out a way for astronauts’ bodies to be changed to adapt to space, as well as any planets they might land on – this process is called somaforming. Ariadne is an astronaut who has undergone this process, and she, along with her three crewmates, are on an extrasolar research vessel to explore four different worlds that have Earth-like qualities – light years away from Earth. Any news they from Earth is at least 14 years old, but that still does not change the devastating things that are happening back home. However, Ariadne sends a report of what they’ve been able to find on these habitable worlds in the hopes that someone back one Earth is listening and waiting to hear from the crew.

I’ll be honest, I have mixed thoughts on To Be Taught, If Fortunate. The Premise sounded interesting, and I wanted to know more about the explorations of those worlds. But it also dragged o in some places, and at times there was too much information being dumped about the science of somaforming, the OCA, and other stuff. Also, not much happens. It is literally the characters collecting data, etc. Don’t get me wrong, some of it was fascinating, but I wanted more. I wish we had gotten to know the other characters better, I wish we had found out more about what happened back on Earth. Also, I fell like this is a book that could illustrated because there were times I had a hard time picturing some of the creatures.

I think something else that bothered me was that at the end of the book there is no hope, I just would have liked to know if there was something else for the characters. I know that the ending is open-ended, but it isn’t hopeful. Like I’ll be honest, I think it is easy to see that it is not a happy ending for the characters.

Overall, I liked parts of To Be Taught, If Fortunate, I didn’t like other parts of it. I liked some of the science and descriptions, but it also seemed like an information overload at times. I am planning on checking out some of Becky Chambers’ other work in the future. 3/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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