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.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on August 13th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you read this? What did you think?