The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

Book - 2016
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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 a bed, a chance to explore the galaxy, and some distance from her past. The crew is diverse: Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, the captain. They are offered a job tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. It's a lucrative job, but a host of unexpected mishaps force the crew to depend on each other.
Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062444134
0062444131
Branch Call Number: SF CHAMBERS, BECKY
Characteristics: 443 pages ; 21 cm

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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 -- https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11675182

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Pat_Kelly
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.

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

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Starpoem
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.

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