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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 herFollow 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....

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Reviews

  • Anna
    2018-12-05 18:55

    10 reasons I love The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet:1. Feel-good science fiction. Bad things happen. Injustice exists. And yet, the world is a mostly beautiful and good place. Bad people exist, but people in general are mostly nice and almost always interesting. It’s a truly heart-warming novel.2. It’s a great big world. There are all these interesting alien species, with interesting cultures and history which affect their society. If you love well-written settings where the lore isn’t a bunch of facts but is actually a huge factor in the plot, you will like this.3. Great characters. This is a character-driven story. Every crew member matters and is made interesting and memorable. This isn’t a story about the Chosen One saving the galaxy. This is the story of the crew on a ship that builds traffic routes. Sure, they’re a rather unique bunch, but ultimately there are a lot of ships like theirs and a lot of equally interesting destinies in the galaxy.4. Great female characters. I’m not quite sure who I like more - the badass pilot, the smart but inexperienced clerk or the mechanic who spreads joy around her and keeps the ship from exploding. Or maybe that male crewmember’s love interest, who is the captain of a military freight ship and has more scars than her boyfriend. Or maybe the many women mentioned in passing who have agency and are out there doing things. Researchers, soldiers, doctors, ship captains, cult members, pilots, mechanics, traders, politicians…5. It’s anti-prejudice. It’s relaxing to read authors who actually like people. I read a lot, but it’s not often that I see a character think “wow, she’s weird - wait, that was a bit prejudiced of me.” It’s not just that, though. The world itself seems much less sexist, racist, homophobic and transphobic than today’s world. It’s a very relaxing world to get to inhabit for a while.6. Everyone isn’t white and straight. Tired of sci-fi and fantasy settings like that? Here, have a setting where most humans are people of color and where non-straight relationships really aren’t a big deal.7. Aliens who upset the gender binary. Some people use xe or they as pronouns. Some species change sex during their life time, going from female to male to neither. None of it is treated as weird or icky or annoying. This makes me very happy. Even in our world, gender’s a lot more complicated than “there are two sexes,” yet books are often “here are all these extraordinary species that are totally different from humans, yet every single being is still either male or female.”8. The aliens are strange, but so are the humans. Human culture is as interesting as the alien cultures. Human culture has actually been shaped by history. For example, the culture of the Exodus Fleet has a pacifistic streak, which has formed Ashby’s strong aversion to weapons. There’s also the fact that humans don’t have one unified culture - there are differences between Mars and the Exodus Fleet, as well as differences based on class and where you grew up.9. The clerk who kicks ass. As an academic, it makes me happy to see someone save the day more than once by being knowledgable, doing research and filling out the right forms.10. The author is very nice. Got a lore question? Send it to @beckysaysrawr on Twitter and get it answered. Becky Chambers is a writer, journalist, editor and all around cool person who seems very happy to talk to her fans.(11. I just spent waaay too long writing this post. Seriously, it’s unhealthy. I need food and my back is killing me. If that’s not proof I love this book, I don’t know what is.)

  • softlykaz
    2018-12-04 17:52

    I heard this book was about gays in space. I'm gay and I think space is cool. seems like a no brainer

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-11-30 17:39

    Update: 11-1-16 $1.99 on kindle. Not sure for how longI freaking loved this book! And yes, I cried! It was good crying though! I always get nervous reading a sci-fi book because I'm afraid I won't know what's going on - and yes I say that every time. BUT <--- this book is so awesome. A couple of things went over my head but who cares! I had no clue what a sci-fi soap opera was but if they are all like this book then I want to read more. I'm going to be buying this one and I did pre-order the next book! This isn't just some space odyssey, it's about people and aliens and being a family! I want you to know that I fell in love with all of the characters on this ship! Even ole grumpy, Corbin, later on in the book. We get to learn about each character. Their pasts, if they are alien, what kind of aliens they are and most of the stories are told through the person/alien so you get a better understanding. Everyone in the book had to make choices, to share their secrets, to make choices for others so they wouldn't die even if they didn't want that choice made, thoughts and feelings toward other crew members, AI love, people trying to hide their love for things that just finally had to come out. Doing things for each other even if you don't really like each other because you are crew mates and you are family. These aliens and people have been together for years and years. Rosemary is the new comer to the Wayfarer ship and family. But she soon finds out what it means to have a real family, to find love, to fight for each others survival. Ashby is the captain, Kizzy and Jenks are the engine crew, Sissix is a pilot, Dr. Chef is the doctor and the chef, Lovey is the ships system, Ohan is the Navigator and Corbin is in charge of algae. They all play crucial parts in the running of the ship. Rosemary is there to help with secretary like stuff, for lack of a better word. But they all go above and beyond to help each other do whatever to help out. They make tunnels to other places to make it easier for other people/aliens in the galaxy. They make good money but this latest job, which is more money than they have ever gotten, leads them into enemy territory under a planned alliance with the Toremi Ka. This doesn't go very well, but they are an evil race so it's to be expected. They almost lost their lives. They did lose a few things and almost lost the ship. But all of that isn't until almost the end of the book. This is mostly about them going through space, stopping at markets and having some fun, meeting new people on different planets to get things they need, pirates, gross arse cooked up bugs and stuff, old friends/new friends. And I just loved it! I loved learning about all of these people and the things they went through and the evil people and the bots and this that and the other. Oh, and dear Kizzy making little winter hats for her fixbots. I need a picture of that! I wish this would be made into a movie. Just seeing how they handle all of the creatures alone would be awesome. Anyhoo, I loved it and I hope you do too but it may not be for you. I'm just glad it was for me ♥MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Bradley
    2018-12-11 20:08

    Recommended to me as a cure for the heavy, blood and guts diet that's so prevalent in today's SF/F, I was more than just a little bit interested in an antidote.What I found, instead, was a heartily tasty meal of perfectly prepared insects aboard the Wayfarer, enjoying wonderful conversations and a surprisingly diverse collection of humans, aliens, and a truly beautiful soul within an AI.I mean, this is space-opera. Don't get the wrong idea. There's a couple of tight spots, thievery and tragic death. We are invited into ideologically divisive pockets of space and culture, the breaking of laws, and of course we get paid well to do a skilled job equally well. But what I hadn't expected was the love. There was a lot of love in these pages. Not just of the author to her extremely well-drawn characters, but between the characters themselves, hidden in nooks and crannies, blazingly obvious in other instants, and as wide and complex as the worlds the individuals came from. In other words, we got just the tip of the iceberg, and our imaginations fill in so much of the rest, to our delight.So is this space-opera, or not? Of course it is! But think of it more like distilling and creating anew some of those old favorites, bits and pieces here from Babylon 5, ST:TNG, Red Dwarf, or even a taste of Enterprise. The tropes are familiar, but the tale-crafter, her worlds, and her spacecraft is most certainly not. She's made something delightful and new, humorous and lovely, and at one point I would have said this whole novel would have been a light read, but no, there's real meat here. There's anger and hope and desperation with all the love and humor. It feels real, and it touches my heart.So did it heal my pained MilSF heart, my PTSD Fantasy mind?Maybe not entirely, but it is certainly a very excellent palliative and perhaps with a few more gems like this, I might just be able to rejoin the service once again. :)

  • Ed
    2018-11-22 21:45

    This was really, really not my cup of tea and I threw in the towel 2/3 of the way in. I was surprised at how disappointing it was given that I picked it up on the basis of the normally dependable Adam Roberts' recommendation in his end of year 2015 round-up in the Guardian.I understand the desire to move SF from plot-driven narratives to character-driven narratives but you are throwing the baby out with the bathwater if your character-driven narrative doesn't actually contain any characters worth reading about. The wafer thin plot could be summarised as a bunch of super best friends have a whizzo time pootling about the galaxy eating food and learning trite lessons on the importance of diversity with zero tension or conflict.The author seems to be trying to emulate the Joss Whedon and associates style of breezy television writing (Firefly, Buffy, Shield etc) which also depicts groups of friends having adventures but what imitators forget is that Whedon created conflict between his characters, he threw massive obstacles in their path, he made them hate each other sometimes, he *scarred* them, he often killed them and so the lessons that they learnt about acceptance and loyalty and diversity and courage etc genuinely resonated with the viewer because they were hard won. This by contrast is tepid, innocuous, and faintly patronising, perfect for a 21st century audience that wants to feel cozy and be spoon fed all the answers.The popular culture discourse in SF and elsewhere is being poisoned by idiot man-children of various stripes, so the impulse to embrace this as a response is understandable and something I get, but this is so unchallenging as a piece of art I can't help but feel it does more harm than good in the long run.

  • Maxwell
    2018-11-24 00:49

    3.5 starsIf you're looking for an action-packed, page-turning adventure story, this book is not for you. However, if you want a sci-fi novel that delivers wonderful characters and thoughtful commentary on existence, you've found the right book.The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is something unique. It blends literary and science fictions into a story that looks at what it means to be human--or alien--amidst a world of chaos.And while I really enjoyed reading about these characters and their quirky, distinct personalities, there was no growth. This was much more a story of character & thematic exploration than development. By about 50 pages in, I knew exactly what I was getting. And that's what I got. So even though I had a great time reading this story, I wasn't blown away. I also felt that some of the themes that Becky Chambers is exploring in this story are written too explicitly; the reader can pretty clearly see the author's opinions in this story--and while I don't disagree with anyone of them, it made the reading experience a bit less fun. I like to discover things on my own, not have them handed to me.Ultimately this is a really touching and refreshing sci-fi (not that I have a ton of experience in the genre, but still, based on my limited experiences & others' reviews, I can tell this is something different in this realm). And I'm interested to see how the companion novel coming out later this year will be received. I might just have to pick it up.

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2018-11-26 18:59

    4.5 A great feel-good sci-fi and character-driven story that explores gender, race, politics, and sexuality.There were some great friendships, I giggled a few times and it was an oddly relaxing read!I need to pick up the next one!

  • Carol.
    2018-11-22 21:45

    Niceness is undervalued. In an age of cynicism, we believe very little is done altruistically: this politician is facilitating an international adoption for campaign-fodder; that site is offering $1.99 books to boost web traffic; that church is holding a Sunday neighborhood BBQ to evangelize. Our stories show similar cynicism. We've embraced tortured dark heroes, we give five stars to stories sympathizing with killers and rapists, and although we believe a good guy can still win, the only way he can is by embracing his dark side.One reason The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet proved so enjoyable is that it believes in the better side of human and alien nature. It begins with Rosemary, a naif running from her family's past to take a position on a tunneling ship, a specialized kind of spaceship that creates 'shipping lane' wormholes to connect distant points. The story is set in galaxy of aliens, with the human race supported by the Harmagians, an intelligent oyster-like creature, and Aeluons, in attempting to recover the ruined Earth. The captain of the Wayfarer hired Rosemary hoping that a licensed clerk would give access to bigger jobs, and it's a gamble that pays off when they are offered a contract to create a tunnel near the galaxy core and the warlike Toremi, new members of the Galactic Confederation.Much like any ship-enclosed story, it largely becomes about the characters and how they interact. Characterization is one of the story strengths; through small, focused interactions, almost each crew member is fleshed out. Rosemary, Sissex and Dr. Chef feel the most well-rounded. Ashby, the captain, is mostly concerned about his crew, getting the contract and his not-so-secret paramour. Kizzy and Jenks are the mechanical engineers who keep the ship running. Kizzy is often comic relief. Jenks is having a secret relationship with the ship A.I., Lovelace. Corbin is the algae biologist who keeps the fuel running, Dr. Chef is combination cook and medic, Sissix is the reptilian pilot and Ohan is the virus-merged Sianat pair who can calculate the complex physics required to tunnel through space. At times, Kizzy bordered on the absurd, but her personality stayed solidly genuine and she did provide a few laugh-out-loud moments, particularly her (mis-heard) song about "My Socks Match My Hat."Plotting was unsteady. A number of readers relate this book to the Firefly tv series, and it's easy to see why; a loveable, ragtag crew copes with various adversities in weekly adventures. However, the pacing of the smaller on-the-way elements to the overarching story of the big tunneling job is uneven. The trip is supposed to take a standard year, but with a couple of stopovers, it seems no different than any other time period of the book. More significantly, the ending felt incredibly rushed, again incongruous with the lengthy and significant trip. When I learned from one of my co-readers that Chambers had lost her job and created a Kickstarter to fund finishing the book, it made more sense. I can't wait to see what she does with time and resources.My last quibble is with narrative style. It's often a third-person omniscient, unevenly taking turns between various characters. Interspersed are missives, whether personal letters, information requests or news bulletins. I think they are meant to serve as information, but they distract from the friendly tone of the crew and further interrupt story pacing. I initially ignored them, until I learned one near the end of the book drops a significant story point. Conversation is often didactic style, with a character asking a question or seeking explanation and another answering. Although it doesn't quite have the dreaded, "as you know, Bob..." feel, in a few spots it feels clunky. In others, it just feels borderline lecturing about ethical principles. Well, what can I say: she's preaching to the choir. I appreciate the hope that we can find enough common ground or space to live with each other.Thematically, there's some interesting exploration of some very topical and complicated topics such as safety and defense, individual right-to-die, identity, violence, sexuality and what makes a community. Chambers is also very inclusive in her visions of alien-ness as well as human beings, which is frankly a delight to find in science fiction. It isn't going to work for everyone; I'd recommend it for people who enjoy character-driven stories and envisioning alien cultures. Overall, it was a quick read, despite the size, and easy to spend time with the crew. I'm looking forward to finding out what they do next.Many, many thanks to those at Goodreads who participated in a flash read and shared their insights. I enjoyed sharing perspectives and bouncing off ideas. Find them at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2018-12-01 20:07

    I LOVED THIS SOOOOO MUCH

  • Kevin Kelsey
    2018-11-26 23:07

    I’ve never read a book quite like this. There wasn’t much of a story at all, but it was still engaging just on the strength of the characters alone. Each chapter felt like a moral-of-the-week episode in a 90s tv series. The overall arc is more about the characters and how their relationships change over time than the actual describable plot. That all sounds kind of negative when I read it back, but it’s not meant to be. Mostly I’m just impressed that it worked here, because I think something like this would be incredibly difficult to pull off.It’s a comfort read, like a warm bowl of soup, but with fantastic world-building. This universe is very lived in, and extremely ripe for more stories in the future.

  • Ivan
    2018-11-17 17:55

    DNF@ 60%I went with huge expectations. In blurbs comparisons where made to Ursula Le Guin and Firefly mention those two is sure ways to get my undivided attention. Sadly this book is nothing like my favorite tv show and it's nowhere near of depth of Le Guin's books.If I had to describe this book to anyone I would call it cross between Farscape and Disney fairytale.I did have some fun with it but around 60% of this book amount of sweetness and cheeseness become overwhelming. Character driven sci-fi should have proper characters and character development, not Care bears in alien costumes.This book is just too naive, everyone is so nice, polite, warm and excepting and bad characters are just stereotypicaly bad .There is no room for drama and character growth. In the end this book just wasn't for me.Maybe it's because I expected something of depth of Le Guin's books that blurbs mentioned, maybe it's because I was still under impression of much better character driven sci-fi (Planetfall) which I read around same time, maybe I am just too much of Cynic to swallow something this warm and sweet and maybe it's combination of all those. In any case this book is getting 1 stars from me.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-23 20:41

    Post originally from the booksandpieces blog.I tried to write a coherent review but all I can say is I LOVE IT WITH ALL MY HEART. I love the universe that has been created, the elegant way it is created through little details of life and habits. I love the food and the soap and wine and small intricacies of life in space rather than just war in space. I love the interaction of the alien species, the coming together, the falling aparts, and the (mis)understandings. I love the characters, their complex lives outside the plot, the expansive ideas of what a person can be, and their beautiful, beautiful relationships. And I love the love; the many ways of different people being together - as friends, as family, a colleagues and collaborators, as lovers, pairs, triads, and more. I love that love so much; that love for the universe, for the potential offered by the future, love for all kinds of love. This book won my heart. Because, in the end, love wins.

  • Charlotte May
    2018-11-14 21:04

    “Humans, we’ve got something dangerous in us. We almost destroyed ourselves because of it.” 4.5 stars ⭐️ Outstanding! I’ve officially been converted to sci fi! Until this book I’ve never enjoyed sci fi. This has completely changed my view of sci fi and it is flipping awesome!Some of the most imaginative world building and characterisations I’ve ever come across. The crew of the Wayfarer were amazing and I loved them all in their own way. The relationships were fantastic, both platonic and romantic, hetero and non hetero even between different species. Chambers has created a world with so many alien species, created prejudices that are personal to each race. I was amazed at the depth in which the beliefs and cultures of each species were described. With humans now living in space, new religions have formed to add to the intermixed universe they now share. Many of the characters come from planets and species at war, though many are now at peace, it took a long time to create this political calm.“We cannot blame ourselves for the wars our parents start. Sometimes the very best thing we can do is walk away.” This is a beautiful story, a team of space tunnellers given a new job. To travel to a war zone where an alliance is currently underway. Kizzy is my absolute favourite character ever! Always with a snack, constantly saying the wrong thing, fully aware of the constant failure of romantic relationships so has zero interest in them and a super excitable child when it comes to tech!Jenks is the best friend anyone could have. Very short but gives zero fucks, also a tech genius. Rosemary: super sweet and great with paperwork but harbouring a secret from her past. Sissix: the scaly pilot. The mother figure, and comes from such an interesting species. Dr Chef: Love him! Cares for people and cooks for people. Legend. Corbin: I grew to love Corbin by the end, despite his discriminations at the start. Ohan: Oh bless Ohan! Deserves the best of everything - the chance to make decisions themselves. Lovey: space’s most kind and caring AI. She totally deserves the rights of all other species. Ashby: the greatest Captain. The father of this mixed up crew, love him!I just love everyone so much! I need the next book now! Wow this was longer than I planned.“All any of us can do - is to work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.”

  • Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
    2018-11-21 18:59

    Going for £0.99 on Amazon Kindle UK right now! Grab it while you can!Characterization. This is how you do it.This books was SO well written. It felt so real. Don't go in expecting space battles and an epic space opera. Go in expecting superb characters (many of which are aliens) against the backdrop of space.Loved it.Book Depository has free worldwide shipping for it :)

  • ✨jamieson ✨
    2018-12-06 19:54

    There was a nebula there, an explosion of dust and light, the fiery corpse of an ancient giant. Within the gaseous folds slept clusters of unborn stars, shining softly. She took an inventory of her body. She felt her breath, her blood, the ties binding it all together. Every piece, down to the last atom had been made out here, flung through the open in a moment of violence, until they swirled round and round, churning and coalescing, becoming heavy, weighing each other down. But not any more, the pieces were floating free now. They had returned home. She was exactly where she was supposed to be THIS BOOK this stunning, beautiful, complex piece of sci-fi. I love you. I love you and you have me so shook. THIS is what my universe looks like, THIS is what I see when I imagine what the universe which if filled with over 60 tillion planets could look like, this is the voice and the direction I yearn to see more science fiction takingTHIS IS SPACE like you've never seen it beforeThere's no doubt The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is absurdly charming. I mean, just that title is bizarre, yet delightful. This whole book is like that. It's ODD, maybe a bit muchfor some people, but oh my god it's delightful. Becky Chambers creates a space story that's unlike any I've read before. The sheer magnitude and complexity of the universe system, and the species that fill it is outstanding on it's own. This is a truly creative and breathtaking novel -- and one which looks at our world today and offers a universe where all we see WORKS, or at least tries to. This is an incredibly progressive book and I love itTHIS REVIEW IS MAKING NO SENSE THOUGHI realise I am ramblingOh god there's just so much to sayMaybe I should start with what it's about. It's the future. Humans fucked up. Earth is dead, we had to leave. We enter space, live on Mars .... aliens are so fucking real.The planet is filled with them .. all different species. There's one's with scales and feathers, some that communicate through swirling colours on their cheeks, some that come in pairs and are non-binary. There's aliens that start as female and become males. There's aliens with power, aliens without power, aliens who's species are going extinct, aliens who are warring with themselves. And humans are a blip. Just another species, a new member to the Galactic Commons (Kind of a space European Union) But this book isn't about humans -talking about humans, how very speciescentric of meThis is about a ship. It's about a group of friends, lovers, enemies. This is about the crew aboard the Wayfarer, a multi-species tunneling ship who's job it is is to create wormholes in space that essentially act as space highways. The crew of the Wayfarer: You got your humans, Rosemary, Kizzy, Jenks, Corbin and Ashby. You got an Aandrisk, Sissix, A Grum, Dr Chef. And a Sianiat, Ohan. And their AI, Lovey. This crew is hired to create a new tunnel to the new members of the GC, the Toremi. But it's not even about that. It's about all the stuff in the middle, about what happens on the long way to that small, angry planet. And it's amazing, it's incredible. It's complex. It's actually such a joyous read. HONESTLY, this review is sucking. So here's what I'm gonna doThis book is underrated, and it's amazing. And I think everyone needs to read it, because it's so fucking clever. So here isTEN REASONS YOU (YES YOU) SHOULD READ THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET1: The title is a fucking delight. Like, I know thats maybe not gonna instantly sell you on the book but seriously the title is so good and I love it. It's absurdly catchy.2: The cover is pretty (don't even TELL ME you've never judged books by their covers smhhh)3: The world building is detailed and complex. Do not think this book is simple, it is not. The universe is expansive, and it's features so many different species of aliens. All with their own cultures, behaviours, politics, and features. These are aliens who's beliefs so fundamentally challenged mine as a human, and not only that THE FACT EVERYONE IS SO DIFFERENT IS SO OFTEN ADDRESSED. This is a system where aliens actively try to understand and comprehend eachother, but often end up doing things that are insensitive on accident. This is a universe where things are not the binary ideas us humans cling to. There are aliens who have no gender and so use they/them pronouns !! there are aliens who are cold-blooded !! there are aliens who cannot speak !! there are aliens who lay eggs !! there are aliens who have multiple family systems and aliens who suffer from specific alien viruses and aliens of all different shape, colour, type, culture. It's amazing, and the intricate way the humans/aliens try to relate to eachother, and be compassionate of eachother despite fundamental differences in their morality/beliefs/culture is amazing. 4: It's a new take on science fiction.This book felt really new to me in a genre that's been written in ALOT. For a start, its got a distinctly feminine voice. Men dominate science fiction, and having a book that felt feminine, that felt a little more empathetic (?) in some ways then science fiction which is often straightforward and factual was refreshing. I loved that. I also loved the complexity of the aliens (Because I hate that in alot of sci-fi aliens are like humans). Overrall, it just felt new. It's felt refreshing. 5: It's accessible to non-sci fi readers If you don't read Sci-fi alot, I think you can still really really like this. It also does away with the complex terminology and space mumbo jumbo that often pervades science fiction and instead is just about people - who happen to be in space. And while it's still got many sci-fi elements, it's not cold or withdrawn like some sci-fi. This lets you get involved, lets you immerse yourselves in the characters lives and in their world and feels much more friendly and welcoming then some science fiction on the market. 6: It is incredibly diverse. The aliens aside, it features LGBT+ and non-binary characters, an lgbt couple, as well as people of varying race/culture and religion. It includes a main character with dwarfism (which does not dominate his character) and all these issues are ..... well they're not issues. That's the amazing thing. These are not stories ABOUT people being gay or having physical disabilities. These are just characters, and some of them happen to be gay ect and it's okay. It's all okay, and it's amazing. I also love, like LOVE the humans didn't speak English. I love that it's moved beyond thinking of our world so narrowly and has so incredibly expanded the horizons. I love that some of the aliens use xe pronouns, or some don't have any gender, some change gender to male or female or neither. I love that even amongst humans there are different pieces of history that have effected human nature and that the diversity is treated so complexly it's honestly mindblowing and you need to read it to understand7: It's character driven This may be a turning away point for some people, but if you, like me, love stories which revolve around characters you'll love this. This is very much about the crew on board the ship, and develops them and their relationships thoroughly. It's also just about people in general trying to understand and relate to each other, and if you're a fan of that I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE THIS. The characters are incredibly well constructed, and I genuinely fell in love with every single one. They are all different, and all multi-layered people but each is so special and I love them all. Every character was incredibly well constructed right down to their fears, beliefs and morality being incorporated into the book and they drove this story amazingly. It also focusses on so many different types of relationships, found families, platonic and romantic relationships, between different species, between humans and AI's. Between all sorts. It's the best. Incredible female characters !! Including female mechanics (don't see often !!) and just kick ass girls in general. Also the male characters are great friends and lovers (some of them) but are not tropey and gross and I just LOVE the characters so much8: AI THAT MAKES YOU FEEL. In this world, AI are a big deal and there are full committee's dedicated to AI rights. And the AI in this is so ... so lovely and will tear your heart out 9: It's progressive, thoughtful, and offers a little bit of a metaphor for our world now. This world, this beautiful universe where people attempt really hard to understand despite obvious differences could be us. It looks at alot of social issues and implements them into the world in a positive way. It also touches up on some ways we can be more tolerant. For example, I loved how Rosemary is always reminding herself to be less "human-centric" (ie. judge other cultures by human standards). I thought it was a good metaphor for trying not to be eurocentric. I love that this world offers legitimiate solutions and ideas as to how we can overcome cultural barriers to make living and working alongside people we may not understand completely easier, and it's a book which preaches so much respect and love of neighbour. It's also a bit philosophical and thoughtful, looks alot into human nature and the human condition, and some of the things we do as people which are kind of crazy. 10: It's a bit of fun Despite everything, it's an incredibly fun book. A wild ride through unfamiliar space, with a crew thats both wacky and wonderful. The characters are insane, and some of the things they do are just odd. Meeting the new species, experiencing cultures which are crazily bizarre is fun, and getting to picture and imagine all these new species with their outlandish appearances and behaviours was honestly a bit of an imagination workout -- which I LOVE. It's just a feel good book, in a feel good world where everything seems a little less bad and so it was nice to inhibit for a while. A BOOK FOR FANS OF: Illuminae (for alot of reasons), The Raven Cycle (if you like how it's abt characters you'll like this too), Enders Game, Star Wars, and dozens of others.I really think this is a book alot of people could enjoy. “All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.” ACTUAL RATING: 4.5* !

  • ☽Luna☾
    2018-11-29 00:39

    3/5 ★★★"A black hole was the perfect place to contemplate death. There was nothing in the universe that could last forever. Not stars. Not matter. Nothing.”This book had me on the fence for either a three or four star rating, I settled for 3.5 right smack bang in the middle. Haha.I'm going keep this review short & sweet.“It was more the prospect of getting mugged. Or harassed. Or stabbed. She’d seen a few people that definitely looked stabby.”I picked this book up after I saw two of my favourite GR users reading it. The thing with this book is that it's a character focused plot, yes I normally like character focused plots but I just found this book to be boring and very 'meh', the plot was so boring & lacked action. I feel like this book would be better suited as a TV series rather then a book.So basically it's about a crew onboard a long haul space craft. They are like miners who punch holes in space. The captain looks after his family so wants better jobs, he sees a job advertised to travel to a planet that is currently at war. A whole bunch of shit happens and that's basically the plot haha. So like I said I was bored, it was like days of our lives only with aliens. I've seen this book compared to Startrek.. This book is much much better then Startrek (sorry guys) Startrek is the biggest load of wank I've ever seen in my life. Startrek rant over.. The pacing of the book was far to slow for me. I will check out the other books in this series but it definitely isn't a favourite."and all the people seeing us fly by are like, oh my stars, look at that totally amazing ship, what genius tech patched together such a thing, and I’m like, oh, that’s me, Kizzy Shao, you can all name your babies after me – whooosh"I did however fall head over heels with all the members aboard the wayfarer, all the characters were so special in their own way. My favourite characters were Kizzy, Jenks & Ashby. Whatever planet Kizzy is from I think I was born there aswell, she's the most relatable character I've ever come across, I swear we are twins :). Seriously I wish my love bun was a real person we would be BFFL <3'“Well, if you’re going to live on this ship, you’re going to have to learn to speak Kizzy.”Things I liked;◆ I love the diversity, all characters were different. I also liked the fact that it was very realistic, all the aliens judged everyone for being different just like real life. Some aliens were so racist, but then there was Rosemary who is human and intrigued by the other races, she was so curious and respectful of everyone. Definitely not a hater haha.◆ I love the fact that on the wayfarer they are one big happy family, it didn't matter where you came from or what race you were they were all treated equally and everyone was a part of the crew :')◆ I absolutely adored the aspect of forbidden love; man with alien, man with AI & interspecies girl on girl relationships.◆ I LOVED all characters I felt like I was a member of the wayfarer while reading it.◆I LOVED KIZZY, everything about her was amazing.◆ It was hilarious that half the crew were stoners haha.◆ It made me laugh out loud everytime I read it, seriously the crew are so funny !◆ Most importantly the friendship between the characters had me feeling all warm and fuzzy ! It was definitely filled with rainbows, puppy dogs & kittens :DThings I didn't like;◆ Slow paced plot.◆ Lack of action◆ When the people robbed their ship, they let it happen.. Like common buy some fucking guns and kill those bastards.◆ Boring Plot (like seriously where's the action at)◆ Hardly any blood, guts and killing (like I was dying of blood thirst while reading this)The pros out way the cons and this was a great, lighthearted read that I really enjoyed reading it was so fun ! :).“Punch ‘em in the face! Monkeys like it, too!”“Hey. Kizzy,” Jenks said.“I ate a har - monica! These socks — match — my hat!”“Kizzy.”“A tool clattered to the ground. Kizzy’s hands clenched into fists as the music swelled to a stormy crescendo. She danced atop the shuddering ladder, her head still in the ceiling. “Socks! Match — my hat! Socks! Match — my hat! Step on — some — sweet — toast! Socks! Match — my hat!”“Kizzy!”“Huh. Well, if this band hates the establishment that much, then I doubt they’ll care about me making up my own words. They can’t oppress me with their ‘correct lyrics.’ Fuck the system.”Who I would recommend this to? to all fans of sci fi or anyone looking for something different & diverse with a character driven plot. Also if your anything like me and obsessed with space & the unknown you will enjoy reading this.

  • Scott
    2018-11-23 01:06

    Welcome to the Starship Ned Flanders. Seriously though, while the central ship in The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is actually named The Wayfarer almost everyone in the book is so cloyingly sweet that the name of the Simpsons' archetypal nice guy seems like a better fit. There's friendly Captain Flanders, chirpy lady engineer Flanders, friendly dwarf Flanders... you get the idea. Even the ship AI is a little Flandersesque.Everybody seems to want to be everyone else's bestie (with the exception of the one guy on the ship who is the designated grumpy asshole character) and from early on the story was much too saccharine for my taste. I wanted to bail out at forty pages, but finally gave up at 70%, making this one of the very rare SF books that I haven't finished.The story begins with a young woman named Rosemary who is fleeing her past. She signs onto a ship that punches wormholes into space for an interstellar transit network and joins the crew as they head to their largest job yet - an important wormhole in a war-torn territory at the borders of the multi-species confederacy that controls most of civilized space.Rosemary travels with the crew as they visit various worlds en-route to their gig. A number of things happen on the trip, but they are all so low-stakes that their impact on the crew is minimal at best. Pirates attack, but they are easily dealt with. Gigantic insects swarm a world the crew is on, but cause only minor travel inconveniences. I never felt anyone was really under threat or that there was any real crisis occurring. We join the crew for meals, for wormhole tunneling jobs, shopping trips and sundry other generally low stakes activities that are all chances for long, life-affirming we’re-all-buddies chats leavened with great clumps of exposition. No one is ever really mean, or greedy, or even selfish and I kept imagining the crew as an ongoing group-hug in physical form. I found myself craving some real conflict- an argument, a lost temper, hell even a few harsh words. Even Rosemary's past is disappointingly tame and when it's revealed the consequences are resolved in a matter of paragraphs. Don’t go into this expecting a twisted past anywhere near the level of Reynold's Chasm City or Banks' Use of Weapons. There's some cool, if familiar stuff here - The Long Way... is set in a Mass Effect-like society of aliens where humanity is very much a bit player. The Bioware similarities also extend to a human-AI relationship, where the human suffers from a physical condition (Dwarfism), much like Joker and EDI in the Mass Effect games. The worldbuilding is good, and Chamber’s characters are very diverse, if not very interesting.Overall though, The Long Way... really isn’t compelling reading. Chamber’s book feels very much like a gentle Young Adult novel about friendship and acceptance, rather than the Space Opera it is billed as.There a lot of people who love this book, and writing a poor review of it feels a bit like publicly kicking a kitten, but it just didn't work for me. I don't demand space battles in the books I read. I don't need my SF to pulse to the pew-pew beat of laser cannon fire. I love work of the sort Ada Palmer did with Too Like The Lightning - thoughtful, intelligent SF that isn't centered on muscly white guys yelling "Hoo-rah!" before they "fry some bugs". I love the more representative SF culture that is bringing diverse voices and points of view to my favorite genre.However, reading this book has reminded me that I don't go to SF for a cosy comfort blanket of affirmation and warm fuzzies. I need conflict. I need tension. I need the flickering spark of human warmth struggling against the cold, hard vacuum.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-10 01:05

    4.5 stars!

  • Philip
    2018-12-08 20:05

    4.25ish stars. Somehow this manages to be both sweet and hardcore at the same time. Its characters are people I want to knock a few back with and I don't even drink. Chambers has made them each awesome in their own ways without trying too hard. They're not cool in the way that literary heroes (superheroes, public heroes, unsung heroes, etc.) typically are. They're just legitimately good people who do what they do and watch out for their own. It's refreshing.It doesn't even bother me a bit that there isn't a ton of plot. Sure there's conflict and some blood-pumping moments but the stories are mostly slice-of-life... in space. Maybe closer to space chorale than space opera. There's a diverse crew aboard the Wayfarer with several species represented. Each of the species that Chambers has conceived are all thoroughly detailed and imagined. One of my favorite things is realizing that, in this universe, humans are just as weird and confusing to these other alien races as the aliens are to us. And I love that the humans weren't elevated to being morally or intelligently superior, or even the most populous or influential species. I feel like that happens too often, authors create alien races that are cool but that lack the humanity that would qualify them as being genuinely good or sympathetic. I was afraid a few times, specifically when Sissix was explaining her culture and the familial structures of her species, that Chambers would sell out and Sissix would have a humanizing "epiphany" realizing that yes! of course it's "right" for me to feel a maternal bond to my hatchlings the way humans do with their children! But that didn't happen. She explained the differences and that's all they were. It wasn't "good" or "bad." They're just differences and it's okay.Now if only we humans could accept that amongst ourselves... :)

  • Riley
    2018-11-30 20:45

    This book was definitely unlike anything I have ever read before. It is a sci-fi about the crew on a spaceship called The Wayfarer. But don't go into this book expecting an action-packed space adventure. This is a completely character driven book that explores gender, sexuality, race and politics in the most beautiful way.

  • Kaitlin
    2018-12-13 00:55

    I did receive this book for free from the publisher but in no way does that affect my thoughts or review (I genuinely loved it!)This book is BRILLIANT and I have to say it's instantly become 'THE' book recommendation I will be giving out to people whenever they ask which Sci-fi books I would recommend. This is only the third time I have given a 5* rating to a sci-fi book as I do personally read a lot more fantasy than sci-fi, but this was just perfect for me and it was truly a representation of everything I want and imagined a good sci-fi could be. I have read Ready Player One and The Martian, both of which are totally different to this and very wonderful in their own ways (hence my 5* ratings for them too) but this book to me is more the pinnacle of sci-fi because those other two are a little more 'niche' than this, I feel like this would work for anyone. This is a story which I knew nothing about when I dived into it because I didn't actually pick it out for myself to read. I got sent it by Hodderscape (who are lovely) as they thought it was a book I might like, and they were certainly correct! I thought from the cover that this could be a little bit of a lonely sad story - it's not. I thought from the blurb that we'd be following Rosemary - which we are, but it's SOOO much more than that. I thought this would be good as I have enjoyed everything Hodderscape have so far recommended to me - it was wayyyyy more than just good. This is a story which kind of combines everything I could ever want from a sci-fi. It's got the large expansive universe setting down, with a ton of big bag species living in all sorts of places, planets and ships. It includes a massive amount of the aforementioned species, each highly diverse with their own quirks and funny or weird behaviours and languages, customs and cultures. Its got a story of many wonderful characters who are not only diverse in their races and beliefs but also their sexual preferences, genders, deformities, ideals and so, so much more. This book deals with big issues which we seen in the world today on a cosmic and very very fun level. It's got space ships, AI, worm holes and wonderful dialogue. It's got ideas which make you think and customs which make you laugh. It's got moments that made me tear up and moments that made me laugh out loud. It's got aliens... lots and lots of weird and peculiar, but truly imaginative aliens. It's got everything and anything I could want from a sci-fi book, and it's all done so fluidly and well that it really WORKS! The plot focuses on Rosemary who is a young clerk looking to join a long haul ship initially but it quickly turns into a story about far more than just Rosemary. We get to meet all of the crew that she ends up working with and there's strong vibes of both Firefly and the Ketty Jay series which made me love this all the more for not only giving a fresh take on some great ideas, but doing it in an original way with newly developed characters. I loved Kizzy and Dr Chef. I thought that Pei and the Captain were great and I loved the relationship and trust built up between the captain and his crew. I felt for Sissix and Rosemary and Jenks for various reasons at all different times. I was mystified by Ohan and the ways of his culture. Lovey was fabulous as a sentient AI character and the questions of her rights kept me thinking and pondering. I disliked Corbin (which you're meant to do) until something changed with him... I felt something for all of the characters, and I loved that we saw bits of their individual stories and then how they all tied together and worked together to get the jobs done and be the best tunnelling team they could be.I found the teasing, prodding, coupling and the conversations all made me smile along or shake my head. I loved getting to know the people behind the names, and by the end of the book I think I did know them as people, not characters.As I said the plot is so much more than just a 'settling in story'. We see the dangers and trials you'd have to face in a real life long haul mission. We see the tests and endurance a team have to have in order to not only survive the journey and trouble, but to come out the other side better for it. We see the relationships and governments of this fictional society which feels so thought-out it could be real. We get hints at the scope and the vastness of all these people and alien cultures. Questions of morality, mortality, sexuality, equality and many more 'big issue' topics are covered and added seamlessly into the story. The world and plot feel complex when you think about how much goes on, but there's also a very easy and approachable feeling meaning it's a book I think anyone would be able to get into and love. There were never any dull moments and I never found myself not caring about the story or the characters or the informations and cultures we were learning about. There are many 'email' type message which fill you in with ideas about different aliens making the world feel even more cohesive and real. The fluidity of the plotline meant I was never confused over what was happening and the science-y technical wording was actually really well done so it all made sense to me (and I am certainly not a regular technician of any kind). On the whole this book was just brilliant and I don't have a single bad thing to say. I am delighted that I managed to get this book sent to me and be surprised by the wonder of it, and I am very happy that it's being rereleased by Hodderscape this month so that it will get the recognition it truly deserves (being originally a self-published book means it was unknown to me before I received it which is sad as it's awesome). Most definitely one of the top ever sci-fi books I have read, if not THE top. A brilliant 5* read and one I would highly highly recommend!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2018-11-15 18:05

    I've never said this before because there has never been a book to touch me as much as this one did, but I have just completed reading my favorite book of all time. I just. I can't. Between this, Attachments, and Harry Potter, I'm like. Spent. I cannot even comprehend or articulate how much I loved this fucking book. Oh my god

  • Althea Ann
    2018-11-30 22:52

    The sequel to this was a Hugo nominee, so I figured I'd start with the first one, and requested it from the library. Well, maybe the sequel was a lot better, but unless I am assured of such a circumstance by a large and passionate crowd; I'm unlikely to bother to find out. "The Long Way..." is a concept piece. It's a reaction to traditional space opera. In a "normal" sci-fi adventure, the scrappy crew of the "Wayfarer" would end up getting pulled into some kind of conflict bigger than themselves; something with universe-spanning ramifications; and would team up to defeat the enemy against overwhelming odds; regardless of the traitor in their midst... (Think Millennium Falcon, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian.) Becky Chambers has decided to make a point of telling a different story. One where no universe-shattering events happen; one where colleagues might be annoying but not actually evil; one where secrets turn out to be pretty mundane and have no meaningful effect when revealed. One where people spend most of their time worrying about things that aren't really important and doing boring crap.Now, I often very much enjoy stories that get "down to earth" and talk about what it's like to actually LIVE as an ordinary person in an imagined society: character-driven stories. I see other reviews of this book raving about the characterization here. I wasn't feeling it. I found the characters to be flat and stereotypical. The protagonist, Rosemary, didn't intrigue me at all. The captain is a generic "nice boss guy." Jenks is your stereotypical nerd guy. Lovey exists to show that AIs are people too. Some aliens and disabilities just to show that aliens and the disabled are people too. And let me not forget Kizzy the WACKY engineer gal who is (supposed to be) just SOOO ENDEARING! (God, I wished she was real so that I could literally strangle her.) And of course Corbin the biologist who's the cranky loner who no one really likes 'cause he likes his privacy and isn't wholly on board with the social lovefest that's life aboard the Wayfarer. (I could relate, considering - but you're not supposed to, dear readers! APPLAUD when he gets dragged into the fold and drinks the kool-aid, dammit!)There is a scene with pirates in this book. Even the pirates are reasonable and fairly "nice." Nothing much happens. There technically IS a plot device, but it's utterly forgettable. I mean, I genuinely don't remember what it was already. If you work in an office, or live in a shared apartment with several roommates: imagine if someone wrote daily letters to their parents about your office politics or quotidian household drama; making sure to not include anything too upsetting or serious. That's what reading this book is like. Chatty... and dull.I initially gave it two stars, but upon consideration, after the fact, I'm downgrading it to one, because not only did I not enjoy the book; I object to it on principle. I want my gritty betrayals and world-smashing explosions, dammit!Addendum: I see others comparing this book to both Ursula LeGuin (?!?!?) and Star Trek. For the record, I am an enthusiastic fan of both LeGuin and ST, and disagree strongly with both comparisons.

  • Mayra Sigwalt
    2018-12-12 19:52

    QUE LIVRÃO DA PORRA!! Com certeza um dos melhores que li esse ano. Que personagens, que jornada, que escrita maravilhosa! Amei demais!! Depois escrevo algo que seja mais informativo, mas estou processando todas as emoções ainda. Muito bom!

  • Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
    2018-11-13 20:08

    This was so god-damn boring.I have taken like two weeks to read this. I cringe when I open my e-reader and it automatically loads to this novel. I can totally understand why people would love this book and if it had even a smidge of actual dramatic tension I would have loved it.The world building was interesting and detailed. It is not only well- thought out, it is thought-provoking.So why two stars? There is no dramatic thru- line.What do I mean by this? Questions, mysteries and potential dramas get introduced and are almost immediately resolved. Despite the frequent and frank acknowledgement of sex and relationships the book felt strangely sexless. Despite interesting and round characters, they have nothing interesting to say or do. It is like the entire book was written to satisfy the author's love of world building but she forget to include an interesting plot. Two perfect examples:1.) The ship Wayfinder is attacked by pirates. I was excited! I wanted to know what would happen! But almost immediately the pirates agree to be reasonable, be non-violent, take only as much as they need, and leave enough food and supplies for the ship to get to a resupply station. How interested am I once the drastic tension is sucked from the scene?I'm fucking not. 2.) Soon after another ship asks for help. The adorable mechanic agrees to go fix their ship. It is filled with bombs. OMFG. Excitement! Tension! Three seconds later… "Fixed it."There is then like a huge discussion on why said adorable mechanic has no fear of disabling the rest of the bombs. FFS.Anyway, I think I've proven my point. A clever, engaging world where nothing interesting is allowed to happen for longer than a paragraph. (BTW I DNF'ed after this scene. Made it past half-way so I deserve the right to rate and review.)

  • Choko
    2018-11-20 17:45

    *** 3.75 ***A buddy read with the FBR group, because we need some light reads from time to time:)"...“All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.” ..."This is very much the spirit of this book. It is a Science Fiction about a space crew with predominantly pacifistic views, who work as tunneling contractors. They don't even have any weapons on the ship and the captain is against them getting any on board, since he would never want to end someone else's life, even in defense of his own. Saying that, it must become clear that this is what we would call a lighter SF. Although there is unrest and as always, some military strife in the Universe, this is not a military SF, nor is it the more typical mercenary SF. Many compare it to "Firefly", and although I can see why, this is not it either. There are multiple species variations and sentient AI as the ships main computer called Lovey, the action is contained in the ship, which is traveling to a job on a new ally planet, which is with dubious reputation and unknown intentions. However, as dangerous as the job might be, the pay is awesome and the crew can use it. The travel there is long and the crew gets very well acquainted with each-other... 85% of the book is a slice-of-life, every day small problems the crew deals with and tends to solve a bit the way problems used to get solved on the 90's TV sitcoms - by the time we figure what the problem is, it has been solved and all are happy! Lesson learned! Kind of cheesy, but also refreshing, since everything I have been reading as of late has been heavy on dark, grim, and merciless action and soul crushing emotions... So yeah, I welcomed this sunnier side of life :):):) "...“No sapient could sustain happiness all of the time, just as no one could live permanently within anger, or boredom, or grief.” ..."The crew are colorful, endearing and it is easy to get to love them all, even the cranky, antisocial ones:). The author is very open-minded and has given us relationships and possibilities of coupling between many different types of individuals, although it never goes into detail and everything is more implied than shown. It is not crass and it is not vulgar, it is gentle and tries very hard to show us that although we are all different, we all deserve respect and having our needs, both physical and emotional, met. Even I had some issues with one of the implied romantic relationships, and I am very, very open-minded. Don't get me wrong, I love my computer too, but not that much, I assure you... However, there were some interesting ideas to take the point of view of a different, not mammal-centrist species and I found a lot of merit in those musings... "...“She would never, ever understand the idea that a child, especially an infant, was of more value than an adult who had already gained all the skills needed to benefit the community. The death of a new hatchling was so common as to be expected. The death of a child about to feather, yes, that was sad. But a real tragedy was the loss of an adult with friends and lovers and family. The idea that a loss of potential was somehow worse than a loss of achievement and knowledge was something she had never been able to wrap her brain around.” ..."The book was a bit over-long for this style of storytelling, but it was never dull. It is not for the times when you feel like all action and a fast moving plot. This is slow and lets you know the crew and the places they come from, leaving the action for the very end. If you are in a mood for something less traumatic and more hopeful, this is a good read to choose. I was glad I got to meet all the characters and am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series. "...“Acting all sanctimonious while spouting bad info was a terrible way to win a debate, but a great way to piss people off.” ..."Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come!!!

  • Kai
    2018-11-28 20:53

    “I can wait for the galaxy outside to get a little kinder.”First thing I have to say is: A+ cover and title choice. It had me in love the moment I first laid my eyes on this book.To be honest, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was not what I expected.I imagined a romantic and action-packed plot. What I got was an incredibly detailed, imaginably crafted and super lovely space-trip. This novel was more about friendship, trust and acceptance, than anything else. I was everything but disappointed, even though my expectations weren't met.The characters are so rich and stunning, their pasts and their history held me in awe.Now this novel is basically one big group hug. I didn't really mind, but it made the plot easily predictable, and towards the end I would have wished for more intruige or excitement, maybe a cliffhanger or something else to spark my interest a little more.This was a laugh-out-loud read, the giggles I spent on this book weren't wasted. Looking forward to the sequel.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Lindsey Rey
    2018-12-09 19:08

    Perfection on every level

  • Vitor Martins
    2018-12-07 20:54

    QUE JORNADA INCRÍVEL!Teoricamente, TLWTASAP é um livro sobre uma nave espacial que se envolve numa missão grandiosa que pode salvar a galáxia inteira de uma guerra violenta. Mas, sinceramente, isso não importa.Esse não é um livro sobre a missão. É um livro sobre a tripulação.A Wayfarer tem tripulantes de várias raças, com várias peculiaridades, passados misteriosos e costumes próprios. Daí você pega esse monte de gente diferente e coloca no espaço e observa como cada um vai se comportar. Essa foi a minha experiência. Esse não é um livro rápido de ler. O livro físico tem mais de 500 páginas, e o audiobook tem mais de 11 horas. E também não é daqueles livros imensos que você lê rapidinho e nem percebe a hora passando. Mas cada minuto que eu passei dentro dessa nave fez com que eu me apegasse cada vez mais aos personagens. Dá vontade de conhecer cada um deles sempre mais a fundo. Cada revelação era uma grande surpresa. Eu sorri, chorei e me importei com cada um deles (mesmo com os que, a princípio, eu não fui com a cara). Cada acontecimento é importante para o plot e nenhuma cena é desnecessária no livro. Tudo faz sentido, e o universo inteiro parecia pequeno para a grandiosidade dessa história. No meio de visitas à outros planetas e invasões de piratas alienígenas, o livro fala diretamente sobre temas como racismo, gênero, conceito de família, relações poliamorosas, sexo, TUDO ISSO! Sabe quando você tá pensando na vida antes de dormir e, olhando pro teto, você começa a pensar na vida em outros planetas e em como as outras sociedades devem ter se estabelecido, e como eles se relacionam entre si, e como tudo que a gente sabe é apenas uma pequena demonstração de tudo que existe lá fora porque nós somos menores que um grãozinho de poeira no universo???? (Acontece comigo com frequência)Esse livro é pra você, se também pensa nessas coisas.Ou se, simplesmente, você adora livros bem escritos com personagens inesquecíveis.

  • Emma
    2018-11-19 00:49

    I absolutely loved this book. Superlative,very much character led, sci fi. All the different species and their quirks were funny and fascinating and well thought out. I loved all the characters. The crew of this ship including the AI were very special. This book has enormous Heart and I shall be recommending it to everyone!