Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Author: Becky Chambers
Blurb: 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 reptilian 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.
I really wanted to like this book as it was something different to what I usually read and I was so looking forward to it. In a way, I did like it but in another way… I didn’t.
The story was interesting and I particularly enjoyed the characters of Kizzy and Sissix. I also loved the setting as well. In theory this ticked all my boxes but I just didn’t click with it.
It was hard for me personally to be able to connect to any other characters and I found that the scientific stuff held the story back and slowed it down for me. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been into physics (or any science really) but I found it confusing at times and would have to reread sentences to try and understand what was happening.
This, obviously, made the book drag for me and there were many times I made excuses to not read it, which is never a good sign. I also found the plot lacking (for lack of a better word) as there wasn’t much plot at all? I think that’s another reason why I kept avoiding reading it.
Despite saying all this I would’ve actually read a sequel because I feel that there’s so much more that could happen but then I realised that the second book is actually a side story instead of a continuation and features two characters that I’m not all that bothered about. Which is a shame.
I struggle with three-star books as I never know whether to recommend them or not. Simply saying “give it a go or not, up to you” seems like such a cop out but I honestly don’t know if I would or not. Like I said, it was a fun read but it seemed to be a very, very long one too.
If you like Firefly then you’d probably like this and that’s probably the sort of recommend audience I think the book was aimed at.