The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

By Becky Chambers

  • Release Date: 2015-08-18
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 431 Ratings

Description

The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, Hugo Award winner for Best Series!

Also included on Library Journal's Best SFF of 2016, the Barnes & Nobles Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Best Books of 2015, the Tor.com Best Books of 2015, Reader’s Choice, as well as nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Kitschie, and the Bailey's Women's Prize.

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.

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Reviews

  • A new favorite

    5
    By Aurorii
    I absolutely loved this book and have recommended to so many. Warm, fun, easy read where you fall in love this the characters.
  • A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

    5
    By anotherGLJ
    Excellent read, great characters and a story that kept me reading. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I will definitely read more!
  • Could not wait for it to end.

    2
    By DSpaceNine
    While this book is well written, not much of a story or plot is developed. Instead this book is chock full of introductions of species, why they have feathers,who doesn’t like molting, pirates with starving kids, etc. Talk, talk, talk endless chatter about scales, why someone became a chef, the differences between egg mates and nest mates, and so on. So completely and utterly boring.
  • The long way to a small angry planet

    4
    By loki999494
    The plot was boring. We’re going to make a wormhole through space. OK, got it. The funky, offbeat character building and delicate description was very good. I gave the author an extra star for that. But until she comes up with a reason to become involved with her character’s story, rather than just liking them, I’ll have to move on to more action packed adventures.
  • Warm and engaging

    4
    By Albinokid
    Warm and engaging aren’t words I would typically think would apply to a space opera, but they are truly applicable here. Becky Chambers has infused her richly-imagined universe with characters who feel alive and who treat each other with a rare kindness and love. In these divisive times, it’s especially comforting to spend time with them, and to imagine a future that might be a bit better than the present in which we are living.
  • Character Driven SF with Great World-Building

    5
    By Prairie_Dog
    "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" is an amazing first novel by Becky Chambers. It is set in her now-expanding Galactic Commons Universe, which is filled with alien species of many interesting sorts. Rosemarie Harper is a person fleeing her family and her past on Mars, so she joins multi-species crew who operate and live on the tunneling-ship "Wayfarer." This crew becomes her new family, and the ship her new home, as they cross the Galactic Commons to establish a hyperspace tunnel to a new species that is expected to join the Commons. The world building in this space opera is excellent, you want to know more about everything and everywhere. But what really shines are the characters, and their interpersonal relationships. You really get into the heads of these individuals, relate with their points of view, and begin to feel for them. This is a very positive story, where so many novels are so grim, reading this will make you feel good, and want more. Fortunately, Ms. Chambers is writing more works set in the Galactic Commons.
  • I Love Sissix (And Also Every Other Character)

    5
    By Funky Fellow
    This book is precisely the sci-fi story I've always wanted, and I enjoyed every page. I recommended this book to my IRL friends before I even finished it, it's that good! The worldbuilding is compelling. The descriptive writing thoroughly unfolds the sights, sounds and smells the characters encounter. Of course, the best part of the book is the characters! I saw the book as a story about the differences in how people interact with each other, and this is handled very well in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It's been thoroughly a joy to read!
  • A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

    5
    By Maldain
    This book is something rare in science fiction it has decent hard science and solid characters. This author has made a real universe with both beauty and the ugliness of thinking beings governed by their origins. The characters develop in three dimensions and this is a fun read. If you're a fan of Robert Asprin or Harlan Ellison you'll enjoy this book a lot.
  • A very enjoyable read

    5
    By askmar
    Excellent characters with distinct alien backgrounds. Very original. I look forward to reading the sequel.
  • Delightful and original!

    5
    By Quelish
    A fantastic, original read, with faint echoes of Lois McMaster Bujold and CJ Cherryh. Narrative so good I reread whole sections, funny but naturalistic dialogue (how can one not enjoy Kizzy), and decent character development (although I never felt like I got to know Ashby). Best of all, very original alien species (again, I catch just a hint of Vernor Vinge and David Brin). I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of the Whisperer. I look forward to more political intrigue and descriptions of advanced science.

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