Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Author: Becky Chambers
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Borrowed (library)
One Sentence Synopsis
Rosemary Harper takes a job as a clerk on a wormhole tunneling spaceship to run away from her family and ends up finding a new one.
“All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.”
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is, on it’s surface, about a woman who is trying to escape her past. Rosemary Harper has gotten a job on the Wayfarer, a misshapen lump of a spaceship that bores holes through time and space. The Wayfarer and it’s crew spend a lot of time out in space and that’s just how Rosemary would like it. She’s running from something in her past, something she would like to be as far away from as she possibly can. But what she doesn’t expect (and what this book’s other layers are all about) is finding a new family among the crew of her new home.
Y’all, I love a good found family story and this was one of the sweetest ones I’ve read in awhile. I went into this mainly because it fit a challenge and because I had heard a few Booktubers talking about the Wayfarer series. I came out of with completely in love with Rosemary and everyone on the Wayfarer crew. Well… almost everyone.
Looking at you, Corbin.
This was an excellent sci-fi read, but it was also a great slice-of-life story. We get to follow the crew on one of the most lucrative and dangerous missions they’ve ever had. And it’s a looooong trip, so we really get to know them well. We get to see what makes Kizzy and Jenks, the oddball mechanics, tick. We learn about Sissex, the reptilian pilot, and get to know a lot about her species and their customs. Dr. Chef has life lessons to teach even the most cynical of readers. And I just want to hug Captain Ashby! If you must know anything about me, know that I LOVE character-driven stories and this one was all about the characters.
Of course, that’s not to say that the plot was lacking! For such a long and, for the most part, uneventful trek through space, a lot of intense stuff happens! There aren’t a bunch of space battles or away missions, but the book still kept me engaged and immersed. I looked forward to side trips because I knew they would be interesting and provide more insight into the world of this series. Another thing I love? When world-building is just snuck into the story so perfectly. Mmm… *chef’s kiss*
I will say that the ending seemed a bit rushed, but, other than that, I really have no issues with this book!
Final thoughts: This was a fun and surprisingly touching sci-fi romp in space! I’m looking forward to continuing with the series.
Have any of you read this book? What were your thoughts on it?
Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!