Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
Published by Harper Voyager on July 5, 2016
Pages: 443

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.



I won this book at the library during summer reading, but I sought out the audiobook and I’m glad I did. This was an EPIC space adventure, full of awesome characters and crazy moments. I absolutely enjoyed every second of the book.

My favorite parts were the relationships. Jenks is one of the techs and has a relationship with the ships AI which was an interesting piece of the plot as he tries to find a way to give her a body so they can be together.

My other favorite relationship is between Rosemary and one of the crewmates (don’t want to reveal too much of a spoiler), but I really love how their relationship came about.

I loved the different species aboard the ship and how they interacted and came to know one another even if they didn’t always get along. I especially loved Sissix’s species and learning about her culture when they visit her planet.

There’s so much to this book and it’s such a great read, I highly recommend it! Every aspect of it kept me engaged and wanting to read more!


A fantastic space adventure with so much depth to keep the reader engaged.

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