The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfairers #1) by Becky Chambers

Science Ficition, 443 pages, published in 2014

Synopsis: After paying her entire savings to change her identity, Rosemary joins the Wayfairer, a ship that tunnels through space. She joins the crew, which is made up of humans, aliens, and an AI. They take a job that will take them one year to travel to.

Spoiler Free Review:


I originally heard about this book on Overdue, the only podcast I listen to. The guests on that particular episode sang praises for this book! They initially described it as feeling like fanfiction, meaning you get to follow characters that you like around and basically just watch them live. I think that this is a great description for this book, and one that made me really interested in reading it!

The book doesn’t really have much of a plot. I would say that 90% of the book is following the crew as they get to their destination. I really liked this because you get to see snippets from that year. The crew stops at different planets, they go through some troubles, relationships progress, and life goes on. I really loved getting to know the characters this way.

I really liked all of the different species of aliens that we get to see throughout this book. They were all so cool and different from each other and from humans. One thing I thought was interesting is that in this universe, humans are not very important. They didn’t found the governing body, nor are they a big part of anything in the universe.

Nothing about the space ships was very hard to understand. There was some space ship jargon, but it didn’t feel like I was expected to understand it.

The relationships in this book really give it life. There is romance, friendship, and family, but there is also tension and hatred. I felt so many emotions through these characters. One minute I was laughing along with them and the next I was crying.

I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read more in the series! It was just so fun and relaxed, but still emotional. It felt very nostalgic even though I’ve never read it before, or even heard of it before last month. If you are looking for a casual but still fun book set in space, this is your book!

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