The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet
By Becky Chambers
Series: Wayfarers #1
Published: 13th August 2015
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.
First of all, we have to talk about how beautiful this book cover it is something that I wish I had taken as it is gorgeous. This is probably going to be a short review as I don’t want to spoil too much of the book as this is a book best going into blind especially as it is more focused on the relationships between the crew than it being action-packed.
When I started this book I was under the impression that this book would be action-packed and that the main character’s secret would almost tear the crew up. This was the opposite, the action didn’t happen until the very end of the book and her secret didn’t affect the crew as much as she feared, but I found that I wasn’t that disappointed by it at the same time.
What I loved about this book was how accepting everyone was of each other and how everyone took their time to learn how to interact with the different species that was on board as different actions would mean different things depending on who the person is. Another thing that I liked about this book was the interspecies relationship’s between some of the crew members and there is even an LGBTQ+ interspecies relationship which I also loved.
The reason this book is not five stars (I wish it was) is the fact that I found this book shallow in the exploration of what could have happened between Rosemary (main character) and the rest of the crew when they found out her secret and also think the romantic relationships could have also been explored a lot more as well as the friendships. But I do think it’s a good book to read if you want to start reading more science-fiction books but don’t want the plot to be too overwhelming or to be confused by all the terminology of everything I would definitely recommend this book. I have also picked up the rest of series of the books but I believe that it is not a continuation from the first book but is different stories about some of the other characters in the first book.