Book Review | The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

A long journey to a small angry planet

Okay I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet! I posted a picture of this wonderful book on my Instagram and everyone told me how amazing it was so I picked it up straight away. No regrets! As usual this review won’t have any spoilers.

Synopsis

 

 

 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that’s seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful – exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years… if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

But Rosemary isn’t the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

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Overview

 

 

I went into The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet with no expectations. I didn’t read the synopsis and hadn’t read any reviews and I’m so glad. If I had read that it was a space opera I’m not sure what I would have thought, but I loved it!

I felt all warm and fuzzy, I was invested and interested in everything. The world building was really well done, it wasn’t thrown at you randomly, it was given when it was needed and realistically.

The novel touched upon so many relevant issues today like diversity, racism, LGBTQ and even some ones we’re bound to face in the future. They were done so well, they weren’t in your face but they had meaning. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers.

 

Structure

 

 

What I both enjoyed and sometimes was a bit frustrated with, was the way this book moved forward. It focussed on important moments and skipped through the truly mundane so you didn’t ever find yourself bored. Though at times I wished we saw more of certain characters and their stories, but if that had happened it would have been the longest book ever so I’m not really mad.

Not a lot of ‘action’ happens, so I know this won’t be the book for everyone. For me, though, it was perfect this way.

Character

 

 

I’ve been struggling with this part of the review for a few days. I can’t say what I really want to without spoilers!

This novel was very character driven. Each character was developed so well and had their own depth and realistic motivations. Each member of the Wayfarer hailed from somewhere different and it was so fascinating learning about them all.

I was really fascinated with the history of each species, I just… I have no words. I literally don’t!

Without giving anything away, just trust me. This book was amazing, the character’s stories were real and raw and make you feel things.

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