Review: ‘The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet’ by Becky Chambers


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Becky Chambers

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pub Date Aug 20, 2015   
Edition: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781473619791
Price: £18.99

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 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.

My review

I couldn’t put this book down! I started reading it yesterday evening and when I finally forced myself away from the pages it was one in the morning and I was three quarters of the way through the story.

I love the cast of characters, getting to know them as the story continued; most of them achieve some sort of development during the events of the story. The plot is engrossing, but not complex, and with the subplots – what’s Rosemary’s secret, what will Lovey and Jenks decide to do, will Ohun die? – weave in and out of the main ‘road trip’ plot. The different sapient species are imaginatively described as are the different worlds the crew of the Wayfarer visit.

All in all, a fun and engrossing read. I recommend this book heartily.



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