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Date: 2017-06-08 12:00 pm (UTC)
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The recommendations I got for it included that it was soothing/comforting to read a book about people who got along/worked together the ways that the crew of the Wayfarer did, and the way it shows chosen family shows being created and maintained.

That's sort of orthogonal to some of the other ways people might judge an sf novel (like how good the worldbuilding is, or whether they think the plot holds together). I'm not sure whether having read the first book makes a significant different to liking or understanding the second (though if you care about spoilers and think you might want to read The long way to a small, angry planet I would definitely recommend starting there.

Possibly dubious comparison: some people read detective/mystery novels in part for the reassurance that the mystery will be resolved, and something resembling justice will be done (and thus aren't happy with the sort where the mastermind escapes to plot another day, even though the form of "crime occurs/is discovered, protagonist(s) investigate and figure out what's going on." (This comment is informed by remembering a conversation in one of Sayers's books where she has someone say something along those lines, detective stories are our most moral fiction, because they show that process.)
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