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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

by Becky Chambers

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Series: Wayfarers (1)

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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, 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.… (more)
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    pnppl: Another nice, upbeat scifi novel about culture clash
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    JessiAdams: Both explore themes of the future, other types of societies, and other genders in their stories.
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    bookwren: A human young woman finds family on a spaceship crewed by various beings from other planets, just as Trouble does.
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    Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers (majkia)
    majkia: strong weomen, complex characters, space opera
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    Sargasso of Space by Andre Norton (amanda4242)
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    WabbitSeason: Both are gentle, optimistic, character-driven space opera's
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    Bypass Gemini by Joseph R. Lallo (Cloverlimes)
    Cloverlimes: Space travel, strange characters/sentient AI, and Intrigue surrounding a new path through space. Lallo's story is more action focused, where Chambers' is more about found family.
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How to describe this book... let's see, you have a big galactic federation with many different species, where humans are only one, relatively unimportant, species. Now, this federation is in conversations with a faction of a normally hostile alien species with erratic behavior who wants to make peace with the federation. To communicate better, some kind of wormhole tunnel is being built, to allow quick travel between the federation and the world where this alien faction has settled.

All that is going on, but it's only the background, the setting where the story takes place. The novel itself is an intimate, slice-of-life story about the crew of the spaceship Wayfarer, which has been hired to help build that wormhole. The small crew is composed of individuals of different species, each of them with their own feelings, peculiarities and secrets. We follow them and their small dramas, only occasionally influenced by the larger political drama.

It has a Firefly kind of vibe. You know, the crew of a small spaceship roaming through the galaxy and doing their things. What you need to know is, even though some events are dark, the characters are the opposite of grimdark. The are all (well, with the exception of the grumpy algaeist) really reasonable, and sensitive, and considerate, and touchy-feely... perhaps too much so. Everyone was too considerate, and the differences between most (not all) alien races was rather superficial, kind of like in Star Trek.

So the novel is about the relationships between the characters more than about big political events. If this doesn't sound good to you, I can assure you that things do happen, and that the story is written in an engaging manner and it's always entertaining. In between the character interaction, you get to see bits of the galactic society and the plot about negotiations with the alien faction.

I enjoyed it, but I don't feel a pressing need to seek the sequel (this one tells a complete story). ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would from all the good reviews I’ve seen. The world build up was lovely but the plot reads like episodes of a TV show instead of a cohesive novel. The transitions were choppy and left a lot to the imagination. Most of these subplots are wrapped up by the end but I would have loved to have more details on many of them and could have done without a number of them all together. ( )
  ehoustonmyatt | May 19, 2024 |
La visita al festival Celsius me esta cundiendo mucho con las lecturas. Y a cada una nueva que cojo me encuentro una maravilla a descubrir.
El abrazo cálido y reconfortante que supone el principio de la novela de Becky Chambers se le unen los personajes de los que te enamoras y la construcción de un universo propio increíblemente rico en el que hablar de racismo, género y humanidad.
Tanto en el cine como con las lecturas soy muy emocional, y a un libro que me ha hecho llorar más de una vez, reírme a carcajada o incluso desear estar o ver un “Tet” en persona; no puedo ponerle menos que 5 estrellas. No sabia que necesitaba esta novela en mi vida hasta que la he leído. ( )
  Cabask | Mar 27, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book very much! The characters were all very memorable and well thought out. The universe Chambers has created is very in-depth and populated by some fascinating races, each with their own great stories. I'm invested in the crew of the Wayfarer now and will gladly continue along with their adventure! ( )
  teejayhanton | Mar 22, 2024 |
The only reason I have this 5/5 stars is because I couldn't give it 6/5. I am in love with this universe, the characters, the relationships, the queerness, the writing style, and I want a millionty sequels please. ( )
  LaurenThemself | Feb 20, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Becky Chambersprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aquan, Richard L.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doll, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dulude, RachelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodríguez, PatriciaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szafranski, Paula RussellDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From the ground, we stand;
From our ships, we live;
By the stars, we hope.

- Exodan Proverb
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For my family, hatch and feather
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As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things.
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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, 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.

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