Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist. An inevitable space enthusiast, she made the obvious choice of studying performing arts. After a few years in theater administration, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her creative work has appeared at The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Five Out Of Ten, The Toast, and Pornokitsch. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is her first novel, and was funded in 2012 thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.
After living in Scotland and Iceland, Becky is now back in her home state, where she lives with her partner. She is an ardent proponent of video and tabletop games, and enjoys spending time in nature. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.
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This book is so amazing. The characters in this book are all such amazing individuals I just couldn't help but absolutely fall in love with every single one of them! this is now one of my favorite books and I want to recommend it to everyone
This book, though not without flaws, was awesome. This novel has been labeled as "feel-good science fiction" and I completely agree! I need more books like this one.
A heads up though: this book is more character driven than plot or action driven. I don't mind that but it is...This book, though not without flaws, was awesome. This novel has been labeled as "feel-good science fiction" and I completely agree! I need more books like this one.
A heads up though: this book is more character driven than plot or action driven. I don't mind that but it is not everybody's cup of tea. So be warned.
So, what mustn't a character driven book lack? Of course, great characters! I never got bored because I found the characters to be so well written and developed. We have multiple POVs, so we get to know everybody on board the Wayfarer. I had to get used to that because I initially thought that we'd stick more closely to Rosemary, it sounded like that when reading the description, but I quickly adapted to the multiple POVs.
I adored Sissix and Kizzy, they were my favorites. They are each in their own way warm and bubbly characters. I never quite connected with the others, though, which is very sad.
There are all these interesting alien species and alien cultures we read about, the worldbuilding was wonderfully done.
The cast and characters were also effortlessly diverse, without preaching or rubbing it into our noses. It just felt natural to have many different genders and races and it being NORMAL. God, I loved that!
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was compared to the TV-series Firefly and I agree, I can see the similarities: space opera, awesome characters, aliens, alien culture, different planets, focus on characters. But Firefly had more action and overall plot (and a Western theme).
(Side note: I love Firefly. One of the best TV shows if you ask me.)
What bothered me was that interesting scenes were skipped. For example, a chapter ends with some revelation and a character has to tell the others and in the next chapter there's a time jump and that's it, maybe one or two sentences explaining what happened but we don't get to know and see more.
Also, fyi: this book and the second one can be read as standalones.
Another side note: that cover is sooooo beautiful!