The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, Hugo Award winner for Best Series!
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.
Also included on Library Journal's Best SFF of 2016, the Barnes & Nobles Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Best Books of 2015, the Tor.com Best Books of 2015, Reader’s Choice, as well as nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Kitschie, and the Bailey's Women's Prize.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Becky Chambers’ 2014 debut novel—the first book in her Wayfarer series—is a revelation: old-school science fiction that’s warm, character driven, and all about acceptance. The story takes place far in the distant future and is told through the eyes of Rosemary, a space newbie who’s just been hired aboard a ragtag ship held down by a multispecies crew. We follow Chambers’ characters on their complicated and dangerous mission, but the real fun is in getting to know the crew members’ backstories as they visit their home planets and favorite galaxy hangouts. In a sea of dystopian sci-fi, Chambers’ refreshingly optimistic outlook on diversity is a breath of fresh air. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a whole lot of fun.
The long way to a small angry planet
The plot was boring. We’re going to make a wormhole through space. OK, got it. The funky, offbeat character building and delicate description was very good. I gave the author an extra star for that. But until she comes up with a reason to become involved with her character’s story, rather than just liking them, I’ll have to move on to more action packed adventures.
Not for me
Too wordy. Lots of explanations that I didn’t understand, but didn’t really need either. The characters were different but mostly believable.
Unexpected. Absolutely entertaining and wonderful. Love the creative flair. Enjoyed it, couldn’t stop reading. More please