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

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

By Becky Chambers

  • Release Date: 2015-08-18
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Size: 2.04 MB
Score: 4.5
From 268 Ratings

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The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, included on Library Journal's Best SFF of 2016, the Barnes & Nobles Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Best Books of 2015, the 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.

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.


  • Character Driven SF with Great World-Building

    By Prairie_Dog
    "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" is an amazing first novel by Becky Chambers. It is set in her now-expanding Galactic Commons Universe, which is filled with alien species of many interesting sorts. Rosemarie Harper is a person fleeing her family and her past on Mars, so she joins multi-species crew who operate and live on the tunneling-ship "Wayfarer." This crew becomes her new family, and the ship her new home, as they cross the Galactic Commons to establish a hyperspace tunnel to a new species that is expected to join the Commons. The world building in this space opera is excellent, you want to know more about everything and everywhere. But what really shines are the characters, and their interpersonal relationships. You really get into the heads of these individuals, relate with their points of view, and begin to feel for them. This is a very positive story, where so many novels are so grim, reading this will make you feel good, and want more. Fortunately, Ms. Chambers is writing more works set in the Galactic Commons.
  • I Love Sissix (And Also Every Other Character)

    By Funky Fellow
    This book is precisely the sci-fi story I've always wanted, and I enjoyed every page. I recommended this book to my IRL friends before I even finished it, it's that good! The worldbuilding is compelling. The descriptive writing thoroughly unfolds the sights, sounds and smells the characters encounter. Of course, the best part of the book is the characters! I saw the book as a story about the differences in how people interact with each other, and this is handled very well in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It's been thoroughly a joy to read!
  • A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

    By Maldain
    This book is something rare in science fiction it has decent hard science and solid characters. This author has made a real universe with both beauty and the ugliness of thinking beings governed by their origins. The characters develop in three dimensions and this is a fun read. If you're a fan of Robert Asprin or Harlan Ellison you'll enjoy this book a lot.
  • A very enjoyable read

    By askmar
    Excellent characters with distinct alien backgrounds. Very original. I look forward to reading the sequel.
  • Delightful and original!

    By Quelish
    A fantastic, original read, with faint echoes of Lois McMaster Bujold and CJ Cherryh. Narrative so good I reread whole sections, funny but naturalistic dialogue (how can one not enjoy Kizzy), and decent character development (although I never felt like I got to know Ashby). Best of all, very original alien species (again, I catch just a hint of Vernor Vinge and David Brin). I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of the Whisperer. I look forward to more political intrigue and descriptions of advanced science.
  • An excellent debut...

    By Daveed V.
    Of all the SciFi novels I read this year, this may well be my favorite (though others are close). It’s particularly good at roping the reader in to like and love the various characters. It’s also great at developing alien cultures whose richness competes with that of the humans (all to often in space operas “space aliens” end up being superficially-described “others”; that’s not the case here). The actual plot and its denouement are fairly simple and secondary to establishing the characters, which I expect (hope!) to see in sequels. The interpersonal issues tackled in the novel have plenty of parallels in our own timeline. If I had to point out a negative, it’s the “physics” of the universe developed by Chambers. It's not so bad as to detract from the ability to suspend disbelief, but it’s not _great_ either. The idea that wormholes at the main avenue to get around in the galaxy is fine (better than fine, really; it’s my preferred paradigm), but some of the details in how those wormholes are set up bother me. Then again, it’s probably better than just ignoring that issue altogether.
  • Decent characters but no plot.

    By qu98
    The book has a promising premise for a sci-fi adventure story, but the author misses the opportunity to develop it. Instead she spends the entire book developing characters and exploring their relationships, ignoring the overall plot that could have brought compelling conflict to those very same characters. Unfortunately, while her characters are distinct they are also superficial and predictable. This book would be better for a young adult market, ages 13 to 16. For anyone older looking for something more developed regarding a good plot, thought provoking themes, and entertaining adventure, I recommend you look elsewhere.
  • D. G. Myers

    By Nineveh42
    It starts off well enough with well written imagery and a fleshed out universe. However once the stage is set the story quickly devolves into a thinly veiled push for LGBT acceptance. The characters become formulaic and predictable. As if the push for 'anything goes sexual acceptance' wasn't enough then there were also a host of other liberal agenda items worked into to storyline. In short, allot of talent squandered to promote an agenda. Two stars for the imaginative settings.