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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers {4.5 Stars}

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers is a sci-fi adventures perfect for fans of Firefly who wish there had been aliens. You won’t be able to help loving these characters and learning a bit about hypothetical science along the way! This is a book I normally would have completely missed, but thanks to the read-along that you probably noticed last month, I got to enjoy every chapter. Don’t make my mistake!

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers {4.5 Stars}

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Published by Harper Voyager on Aug. 18th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 417 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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A rollicking space adventure with a lot of heart

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possibly want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and some distance from her past.

And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of theWayfarer.

From Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the chatty engineers who keep the ship running, to the noble captain Ashby, life aboard is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. That is until the crew is offered the job of a lifetime tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Sure, they'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years, but risking her life wasn't part of the job description.

The journey through the galaxy is full of excitement, adventure, and mishaps for the Wayfarer team. And along the way, Rosemary comes to realize that a crew is a family, and that family isn't necessarily the worst thing in the universe…as long as you actually like them.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • The characters are really the main selling point of this story. Despite half of them being aliens, I grew to care about each and every one of them (even you Corbin!) as if they were my friends. Most of them you’ll love instantly, from the zanny female engineer to the alien Dr Chef. Some take some warming up to, but each will worm their way into your heart.
  • I love aliens. Not the little green men kind though (except in Toy Story), but the real ‘I thought about how aliens might look and this is what I came up with’ sci-fi aliens. This book features some great alien species that are quite different from humans and have had to figure out ways to be able to all communicate and cooperate. Some of them think differently, some of them change from female to male after having children, some of them are gross blob looking things, and some of them are reptiles that don’t have our social taboos of touching. They were all fascinating to learn about.
  • I’m a stickler for science that could make sense or at least holds to what we generally currently know. I loved that the few times the wormhole technology was described it both made sense and didn’t bog down the story. Really, could anything explained with oatmeal get overly detailed though? ;-)
  • There are some great philosophical questions of what makes us sentient and alive as artificial intelligence has gotten to the edge of that issue in this future. This made for great read-along discussion, but also just fun to sit back and think about.
  • The writing and pacing of Long Way work marvelously to keep you turning the pages. Whenever something starts to get resolved, we jump to the next interesting bit. I never had to struggle to get sections read and enjoyed every minute.

Weaknesses:

  • The chapters are a bit disconnected as if they were individual stories that were later connected. You’ll run into things like one character being the focus for a section and then fading to the background for the rest of the book. I didn’t love that choppiness once I noticed it, though it did take me a while to notice.

Summary:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a fantastic sci-fi read. If you like spaceships and aliens and a character-driven story, do not miss out. Sequel now please?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

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Comments

  1. Whoohoo what a book! Easily top read of this year for me :) I probably should write an official review for it, too….
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  2. So happy you reviewed this book. I had been very good and not read your read-along posts – because I didn’t want any spoilers! – so I am thrilled you shared your thoughts. I definitely want this book! (And who doesn’t wish Firefly had aliens? Of course, comparing it to Firefly is what first caught my attention as I am still looking for a sci-fi book similar to that show.)
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    • Yey, I’m glad to know that writing up this review was useful, I’m always unsure if I should write more about a book after a read along is over, haha.

  3. It sounds pretty exciting! I would love this to be the next book I read. Great review, thanks :) I love reading when I am working out on my elliptical. it really makes the time go by fast and I get a ton of reading done that way too!
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  4. I’ve heard amazing things about this book! I don’t really nearly as much science fiction as I do fantasy (the latter genre just appeals more to me), but I’m all in for a good story of any kind. :)

    Have you seen the UK cover? (I’m assuming it’s an international cover…?) It’s so gorgeous, just a photo of the night sky with tons of stars. I’m almost tempted to get that version instead of the US version…
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    • Yes, the UK cover is gorgeous! I’m not sure if they’re going to be doing a new or similar cover for the US rerelease? But in any case, this is a great sci-fi for people who don’t read a lot of sci-fi ;-)

  5. So glad to see you enjoyed this one! Choppiness in books bothers me as well, but I still really want to read this.
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