The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

Book - 2015
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

'A quietly profound, humane tour de force' Guardian

The beloved debut novel that will restore your faith in humanity

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When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer , she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has 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 reptillian 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.

PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS

'Never less than deeply involving ' DAILY MAIL

'Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination' iBOOKS

'So much fun to read' HEAT

'Chambers is simply an exceptional talent, quietly and beautifully redefining the space opera' TOR.COM

'The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time' iO9

Publisher: London : Hodder, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781473619814
Branch Call Number: FIC Chamb
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 20 cm

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Jacqueline_M
Feb 18, 2018

This is a lovely and very well-written book. There's a lot of attention put into the small details of the story's universe, with things like fictional species descriptions, languages, documents, and tech ideas being very well thought out. The characters are interesting and diverse, and the fact that the story is told through many different characters' viewpoints adds to rather than diminishes the story. It's a heartwarming read with lots of humour, but there are also well-executed emotional plot points. All in all, any fans of detailed and witty sci-fi will enjoy this book.

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alexafter
Jan 24, 2018

What a feel-good, sweet, and fantastic read. The book has an approachable narrative with a diverse set of character who feel authentic and genuine. I love how it tackles issues of body, family, and identity so thoroughly and kindly without being preachy.

LPL_KateG Nov 06, 2017

I went into this expecting a fun sci fi space drama, and came out with SO MUCH MORE. Becky Chambers creates a fascinating universe full of interesting and diverse species, all attempting to live together peacefully. The Wayfarer, the ship we follow in this adventure, contains a hilarious cast of characters that you grow to know and love. Underneath the quirky characters is some interesting commentary on gender, race, and identity - things that throw into question our interactions on our own small, angry planet ;) I laughed out loud several times and cried in unexpected places. If your library has hoopla, check out the audio -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11675182

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Pat_Kelly
Oct 07, 2017

Loved the concept; hated the execution; The characters are so stereotyped and one-dimensional that you know what's they're going to say and what's going to happened before it happens. It's a novel best read by turning off your brain and let it excite your endorphins by reaffirming a simple view of human/alien/cosmos nature.

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airyen
Sep 22, 2017

I love the way Becky Chambers writes found family, from the interspecies relationships to the tensions that arise on a year-long trip through deep space. She writes the relations between species in the best possible way: there’s galactic peace, but “interspecies sensitivity training” and a long history of wars makes it anything but utopian. Humans aren’t the center of the universe (literally or metaphorically): they’re the weak species, learning to make a place for themselves alongside the stronger, smarter, more peaceful species that rule the galaxy and have let them in as refugees. The story is also much-needed “fluff” if you’re not into grimdark, war-focused sci-fi. It’s about the power of humanity among a found family of non-humans.

I’d heard great things about this book and was overall not disappointed, since I’m a big fan of found family, sci-fi, platonic relationships, and logical worldbuilding. However, if you dislike perspective switches, character-driven plots (very few dramatic battle scenes), or episode formats (no real overarching conflict), this book may not be for you.

HCL_staff_reviews Aug 08, 2017

If you miss Firefly, I have a book for you. Take one large wormhole mining facility, a motley crew of different personalities and species and add a contract where the money is just a little too good and you have The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. There are a couple of places where an editor would have been helpful- this was originally a self-published novel, but the story more than makes up for it. Hilarious, scary, dramatic, fascinating- you want to read this book. -- Cassandra J., St. Anthony Library

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Starpoem
Aug 06, 2017

If you like Star Trek from the Gene Roddenberry era, you'll probably like this book. The focus is on the delightful characters--a diverse crew on a starship. This book is a good choice for when you want to read sci fi but don't want anything too "heavy."

Beatricksy Nov 26, 2016

This is a fantastic introduction to the space opera field (my first one, actually!) because it's so episodic. It feels a bit like watching a television show, giving each and every character a moment to shine individually before wrapping it all together in a series climax. It introduces lots of new ideas and feels distinctly alien, which is great. But I won't eat bugs. I don't care how much the author tries to make me eat them. I refuse.

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