The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

by Becky Chambers

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The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, included on Library Journal's Best SFF of 2016, the Barnes & Nobles Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Best Books of 2015, the Best Books of 2015, Reader’s Choice, as well as nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Kitschie, and the Bailey's Women's Prize.

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062444127
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Series: Wayfarers , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 7,398
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Becky Chambers is the author of the science fiction novels The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. She also writes essays and short stories, which can be found here and there around the internet. In addition to writing, Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope. She lives with her wife in the woodsy north of California.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well writen, great characters you really start to care about, and a plot that does not depend on classical "hero" types saving the day. This is not an action thriller. It is not a space opera. It is just a good story of people working and living together, and growing in understanding. This is very different from most modern science fiction today and yet is most welcome and refreshing! Many thumbs up! J C
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know a lot of reviewers have likened the crew of the Wayfarer to the crew of the Serenity (there some similarities) but that might give readers the wrong impression. This is really a story of blue collar space workers in a galaxy where adventure is easy to find. It is her first work and it is great. Some readers might be distracted by the rough scene parsing in this ebook edit but that small blemish aside you will discover a great story and great characters that introduce you to an exciting universe. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable! Amazing character development and interactions and a rollicking fun storyline. I hope for a sequel! Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what I would be getting into with this book, but it came well recommend and now I know why. Characters you come to love inhabit a setting you crave to visit. It is a sci-fi road trip in delightful bright shades. Read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great character driven space adventure story.I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Yay! The second book is out in e-book format, now I don't have to wait till Jan !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent adventure story, well written, fast paced, and well thought out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book put to the side, not sure if I wanted to read it. So i finally decided to give it a shot. Wow!!! What a surprise this book was. Im a diehard sci-fi fan and this book felt like all of it could be like something normal people could be in the future. So much imagination and quality to to the charectors i was impressed! Defintely worth the read. To the Author------- Im a FAN now!!!!!!!!! Do part 2 will ya...........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read! I was impressed by the creativity and expansive depth of detail in the worldbuilding and character development. The relationships between characters and the ideas held within this book were refreshing, kept me on my toes as a reader, and were clearly expertly devised. I immediately searched the Nook store for more by this author the instant I finished the book... I would highly recommend this book to sci fi and even fantasy lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Really enjoyed it. Give it a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing debut and unlike anything I've read. I hope for a sequel.
Anonymous 11 days ago
If you subscribe to the politically correct ideology of today you will like this book.
StylinSixty 12 days ago
I enjoyed every moment of this first book and can't wait to read the next two. I read A LOT of science fiction and really appreciate the depth of the characters here as well as the situations they find themselves in; not always the case with many action-oriented sci-fis. Good descriptions of creative alien species, atmosphere and locations. I really needed a "feel good" this week and am grateful to Ms Chambers for providing it!
Anonymous 12 days ago
Great character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A character-driven space opera. I’m impressed by how sincere the characters are and by how much I cared about them by the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. I'm astounded at how incredibly insightful and thought-provoking the story is. The other books in the series are equally as good.
Devarae More than 1 year ago
This is not the most plot-driven book in the universe, but I adored all the different characters and somehow it didn't matter to me that the bulk of the novel is small interactions and vignettes. I could put it down and walk away, but yet I always enjoyed sinking back into the world when I returned. When I was reading reviews of this, a lot of folks compared it to Firefly, and I can see why, in the sense of the crew here being a sort of found-family of interesting characters who all bump into each other in different and compelling ways. Several elements also reminded me of the crew interactions in the Mass Effect videogame franchise (one of my all-time favorites!). I'd definitely recommend this for folks who have enjoyed Ann Leckie and Martha Wells!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book for its terrific development of characters.
Big_Stu53 More than 1 year ago
An easy read with interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and thoughtfully plotted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written.This is not just another Space war book. It's getting to know different planets and species. It's so fun . The flight crew are a delight to get to know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One doesn't expect a sprawling space opera to be so small in focus, but this one was perfect that way. The focus is on the characters, their growth and trials. The sweeping events of the galaxy are woven in by how they impede the characters rather than commanding the story. An excellent tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read, especially if you pick it up for a few bucks. I felt a definite Firefly vibe throughout the book, particularly in the development of the characters and their interaction as a family. These are also normal people doing extraordinary things, ala David Brin. There is also enough world building to satisfy most sci-fi fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the crew you want to travel space with.I felt befriended by them all before the story was over. I just bought the 2nd book and pre-ordered the 3rd. Keep 'em comming!
Tattersail_1 More than 1 year ago
I read this sitting in my recliner in front of the fire, and rarely have I enjoyed winter days more. It is not epic, it is not trying to slowly introduce you to a horde of people you will have trouble keeping straight. Rather it is a tale of adventure, pathos, human (and not so human :) )nature, commonality amongst all odds and the most delightful ships crew since Firefly! As I read this I became more and more excited as I began to realize that this book was going to be as fantastic as the first time I ever met the crew of Serenity. I literally had to restrain myself and allow the story to unfold slowly so I could savor every nuance of the crews interactions and adventures. Becky, thank you for a wonderful tale, I will be forever grateful to you for this and now I am off to read A Closed and Common Orbit. Be well and Please don’t stop writing! Ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could NOT put it down. Read it in one day and am looking forward to reading her next book.