Mini-review: A Closed and Common Orbit
Back in July 2019, we read "A long way to a small, angry planet", which I gave up on from boredom. Recently I heard recommendations for the second book in the series, "A closed and common orbit."
It was great!
It's the same feel: a bunch of decent people get through life by being kind and supportive to each other. I think what helped with this book is that the characters were dealt various degrees of bad hands in life, and that allowed the author to show their characters as they rose to those challenges.
There are two storylines. The AI from book 1 has its memory wiped and is now embedded in a humanoid body, but the law requires such entities to be destroyed on sight. Meanwhile, a young girl escapes from slavery and has to hide in a huge junkyard.
Not-really-a-spoiler: they all live happily ever after.