Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, The

Becky Chambers
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.


Reviewed: 2016-12-03

I can't remember the last sci fi (non dystopian) book I read, but I took to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet immediately. Rosemary Harris, a young clerk trying to escape her past, joins the crew of the Wayfarer on long-haul missions to build tunnels in space. There she meets a fantastic mix of human and alien crewmates, each as individual and interesting as the next.
This novel is certainly character-driven rather than led by any escalating plot. In fact, it's really made up of a bunch of mini-plots, with small climaxes throughout.. But the characters are what draw you in. Including, but not limited to, a series of three-dimensional kickass female characters.
I really really enjoyed this and am waiting for the sequel in October!

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