Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Author: Becky Chambers
Series: Wayfarers #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
Length: 14 hours
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Source: Library
Recommended for fans of:
Content Warnings: death, grief, illness, confinement, torture


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.


This is not your typical epic sci-fi space adventure. This book has a much more intimate feel, focusing a diverse and lovable found family on a quest across the galaxy. The story features different species, cultures, and societies, and all kinds of love, exploring philosophical, moral, and ethical questions while spotlighting sentient life at its absolute worst and best.

This book embodies what I love about sci-fi as a genre. Somehow futuristic books about aliens and traveling through space can speak to the heart of what it means to be human in such a relatable way by exploring universal themes.

The audiobook is excellent!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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