The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


Genre: Science-Fiction
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 519
Goodreads rating: 4.18
Format: Kindle
Rating: 4/5 stars


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.

Tell me that isn’t the most beautiful book cover! Love at first sight, to be honest.

When I hear the word science fiction I immediately think of futuristic space travel, aliens, and incredible technology advancements. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet covers all the bases. Chambers has created a whole universe with a wide array of species, each with their own customs, cultures, and mannerisms. The diverse and lively Wayfarer crew are enough on they’re own, but the people they encounter on their journey also bring the story to life over and over again, in ways I wasn’t expecting.

One of the awesome aspects of this book is the storyline. The storyline is, in this case, a line. In this book, the goal is to get to the Toremi and build a tunnel so others can travel to and from their space quickly. Reading this book you always know where they are going to end up. You know there will be bumps and distractions along the way, but the mission is always clear, which I quite enjoy. It may sound like I’m saying I like it predictable, but that’s not what this is, I have no way of knowing what’s going to happen in-between. I like that there’s a mission, there’s never any question or confusion. I’m not reading just to read, it’s with a purpose, to fulfill the mission.

Another awesome aspect is the characters. The people in this book are so cool! Character development and the build of solid relationships based on trust and understanding is the center of this story. This book isn’t the most action packed, but it is incredibly enjoyable to read because you’re getting to know all these interesting individuals and who they are. This is what we should hope the universe’s future to be. People working together with an open-minded curiosity to learn about others. It’s a beautiful thing to behold.

If you like reading about alien cultures, interspecies relations, space travel and open-minded people, please read this book!