The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

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"When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of the Wayfarer."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062444134
Branch Call Number: SF CHAMBER BECKY
Characteristics: 443 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 26, 2018

So I just finished The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and man, that was a good book. I got so invested in the characters, and the whole world was cool and diverse and honestly like Star Trek but better on the “not every species is bipedal” front and “not every species has binary sexes” front too with often used neutral pronouns. And normalized lgbtq+ relationships woooo!

The style it was written made it kind of seem like there wasn’t exactly an overarching story, but rather a bunch of related but unique stories in each of the crew and how they all influence what happens on the Wayfarer and I really liked that.

Sometimes that overarching story style can get...stressful...I guess, but it can be tricky to write a story that doesn’t do that and also keeps your attention. It isn’t that the book had no story at all; the main “plot” one would define as the process of getting from point A to point B isn’t the important thing, the individual interactions and side excursions and crew talks are. And the author does a great job of describing the universe through these things, no encyclopaedia reading at all (besides the actual sort of wiki page info blurbs a couple characters pull up for reference, but they were well done too).

This was a super fun read without being too intense, but also not completely empty of drama. The drama was a good amount, like quality seasoning in food that complements the dish, not covering it up. People weren’t perfect, the situations they were in and came from weren’t all nice and easy. But most everything got worked through in reasonable ways with mutual understanding and communication. I say most because there is one non-consensual resolution that I guess gets justified, but definitely highlights how some people can be manipulative and think they’re doing the right thing even if they may not be, and the issue of consent in a tricky situation anyway. (that all sounds confusing but when you read it you’ll know exactly what thing I’m talking about there.)

If you’re looking for a fun, diverse sci-fi read, I highly recommend it.

Feb 18, 2018

This is a lovely and very well-written book. There's a lot of attention put into the small details of the story's universe, with things like fictional species descriptions, languages, documents, and tech ideas being very well thought out. The characters are interesting and diverse, and the fact that the story is told through many different characters' viewpoints adds to rather than diminishes the story. It's a heartwarming read with lots of humour, but there are also well-executed emotional plot points. All in all, any fans of detailed and witty sci-fi will enjoy this book.

Jan 24, 2018

What a feel-good, sweet, and fantastic read. The book has an approachable narrative with a diverse set of character who feel authentic and genuine. I love how it tackles issues of body, family, and identity so thoroughly and kindly without being preachy.

LPL_KateG Nov 06, 2017

I went into this expecting a fun sci fi space drama, and came out with SO MUCH MORE. Becky Chambers creates a fascinating universe full of interesting and diverse species, all attempting to live together peacefully. The Wayfarer, the ship we follow in this adventure, contains a hilarious cast of characters that you grow to know and love. Underneath the quirky characters is some interesting commentary on gender, race, and identity - things that throw into question our interactions on our own small, angry planet ;) I laughed out loud several times and cried in unexpected places. If your library has hoopla, check out the audio --

Oct 07, 2017

Loved the concept; hated the execution; The characters are so stereotyped and one-dimensional that you know what's they're going to say and what's going to happened before it happens. It's a novel best read by turning off your brain and let it excite your endorphins by reaffirming a simple view of human/alien/cosmos nature.

Sep 22, 2017

I love the way Becky Chambers writes found family, from the interspecies relationships to the tensions that arise on a year-long trip through deep space. She writes the relations between species in the best possible way: there’s galactic peace, but “interspecies sensitivity training” and a long history of wars makes it anything but utopian. Humans aren’t the center of the universe (literally or metaphorically): they’re the weak species, learning to make a place for themselves alongside the stronger, smarter, more peaceful species that rule the galaxy and have let them in as refugees. The story is also much-needed “fluff” if you’re not into grimdark, war-focused sci-fi. It’s about the power of humanity among a found family of non-humans.

I’d heard great things about this book and was overall not disappointed, since I’m a big fan of found family, sci-fi, platonic relationships, and logical worldbuilding. However, if you dislike perspective switches, character-driven plots (very few dramatic battle scenes), or episode formats (no real overarching conflict), this book may not be for you.

HCL_staff_reviews Aug 08, 2017

If you miss Firefly, I have a book for you. Take one large wormhole mining facility, a motley crew of different personalities and species and add a contract where the money is just a little too good and you have The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. There are a couple of places where an editor would have been helpful- this was originally a self-published novel, but the story more than makes up for it. Hilarious, scary, dramatic, fascinating- you want to read this book. -- Cassandra J., St. Anthony Library

Aug 06, 2017

If you like Star Trek from the Gene Roddenberry era, you'll probably like this book. The focus is on the delightful characters--a diverse crew on a starship. This book is a good choice for when you want to read sci fi but don't want anything too "heavy."

Beatricksy Nov 26, 2016

This is a fantastic introduction to the space opera field (my first one, actually!) because it's so episodic. It feels a bit like watching a television show, giving each and every character a moment to shine individually before wrapping it all together in a series climax. It introduces lots of new ideas and feels distinctly alien, which is great. But I won't eat bugs. I don't care how much the author tries to make me eat them. I refuse.

LPL_KimberlyL Oct 06, 2016

An adventurous space opera novel with a wide variety of species, cultures, and planets never before explored. The characters are all so well-developed and interesting that they are almost impossible not to love. This is one of those books where after I finished, I immediately wanted to pick it up again for a re-read!

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