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 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. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful exactly what Rosemary wants. Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
Publisher: London :, Hodder & Stoughton,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: 404 pages ;,25 cm.


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In this light-hearted take on a space opera, a motley crew roam the cosmos in a patched-together ship. Alongside the twists and turns of space-adventuring, various romances between unlikely partners develop, including between the protagonist (a human) and a reptilian pilot. With strong character ... Read More »

For fans of shows like Farscape and Firefly, this is an awesome book about the crew of the spaceship Wayfarer as they travel through a wormhole to a distant planet. Featuring a diverse cast of characters with different species, different genders and gender identities, different sexualities and mo... Read More »

afictionado Feb 13, 2017

Similar to Firefly in its episodic nature, with small adventures rather than large, and focussed on characters rather than having a racing plot. If you prefer something more fast-paced then this isn't for you, but if you're interested in an introspective, comforting sci fi read then give this a go.

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Apr 01, 2021

I’ve recommended this book as better than “Ender’s Game”, a true compliment. Yes, enjoyable like watching the old “Firefly” series, but this is a sophisticated universe , rich-in-detail and in the depth of the endearing characters.

Mar 06, 2021

What made this book go so fast was that it did not follow an individual, but, a crew, each member.... different species, etc... helped the author introduce the world in which they live, technology, interactions, etc... did not bog down anywhere... surprises, or unexpected turn of events now and again kept it fresh, too. Highly recommended!!

Feb 10, 2021

A sort of kinder, gentler sci-fi space opera with much less sex and violence than I've come to expect from the genre. The book has an underlying theme of aliens of different species and cultures learning to accept and respect one another. This book didn't grab me quite like the second in the series - perhaps it was the pacing, which was at times inconsistent. A recommended read all the same.

Feb 03, 2021

Refreshingly character-driven, although slow-paced.

Nov 15, 2020

This is a very fun and thought out science fiction, the interactions of the crew are very fun and relatable. It's author had great imagination for all the different cultures, and I really liked how to creatures of different cultures would respect each other, at least on the wayfarer crew. It is a really fun and heartwarming book, and I enjoyed reading it. I wish we had more diverse intelligent life to communicate with, but I had a feeling humans would have killed them all just like humans did to so many other species. It is a great book, and I think it is more realistic than the other sci-fi movies, books, or shows. It makes sense another intelligent civilization would want to collaborate with
the humans, instead of killing all humans for no reason, and I like how there is so many so many different ideas and ways of life.

Oct 16, 2020

Great development of many different species and individuals. However, the book falls into potty mouth mode instead of being creative. A swear word here and there is fine but at times this book seems to revel in being foul. Made for a distraction from enjoying the story.

fladdle Oct 05, 2020

This is a really wonderful series. Chambers has a deft and delicate hand describing complete worlds and characters that you can identify with. This is amazing considering that most of them are aliens from various systems with their local cultures and needs. The story doesn’t require high action or violence but the pace is perfect and there are layers that are applicable to us today.

Sep 24, 2020

Like a comic book converted to a paperback novel. Not an adult read.

Sep 07, 2020

Becky Chambers' novel The Long Way was recommended by a friendly librarian (thanks!) and satisfies on multiple levels. Her characters realistically interact as they encounter technological, social, and other differences on a long voyage. With equivalents of smartphones, controlled substances, and data centers they work through issues around these and emerge with lives improved by their experiences. Set in a galaxy controlled by smarter (and better looking) aliens, its human characters must overcome their biases and get along with everyone else to survive.

Aug 04, 2020

A fantastic science fiction novel that has an old-school feel but is incredibly modern. Lovable characters, interesting plot, totally readable. Highly recommended.

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Feb 03, 2021

The only reason Humans stopped killing each other to the extent that you used to, I think, is because your planet died before you could finish the job.

Feb 03, 2021

Like many lifelong spacers, Ashby didn’t care much for heights on land. Looking down at a planet from orbit was no problem, because out there, falling meant floating. If you took a long fall _inside_ a ship – say, down the engine shaft on a big homesteader – you’d have enough time to shout the word “_falling_!” This would prompt the local AI to turn off the adjacent artigrav net. Your descent would abruptly end, and you’d be free to drift over to the nearest railing. You’d piss off anyone in the vicinity who’d been drinking mek or working with small tech parts, but it was a fair price to pay for staying alive (the “falling” safety was also popularly exploited by kids, who found the sudden reversal in gravity within a crowded walkway or a classroom to be the height of hilarity). But planetside, there was no artigrav net. Even a drop of a dozen feet could mean death, if you landed wrong. Ashby didn’t care much for gravity that couldn’t be turned off.

Nov 10, 2018

Living in space was anything but quiet. Grounders never expected that. For anyone who had grown up planetside, it took some time to get used to the clicks and hums of a ship, the ever-present ambience that came with living inside a piece of machinery… Silence belonged to the vacuum outside.

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