Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

Name:  The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1)
Becky Chambers
Number of Pages: 
519 (Kindle)
March 16th 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Science Fiction


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.


My Rating:


My Thoughts:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is the first book in the Wayfarers series. I haven’t read a great deal of science fiction so far, but I enjoyed this story with it’s spaceship setting, aliens of varying descriptions, new planets, imaginative tech, and travel beyond the known. It’s a very character-driven novel, and a story of found-family, the crew of the Wayfarer.

The group have travelled together for a while, and into their midst comes new recruit Rosemary Harper, a woman with a past that she seeks to escape to the point that she forges herself a new identity and takes a job aboard the Wayfarer, a tunnelling ship about to be sent on a new and unusual mission. As the title suggests, it’s going to take a long time to reach the location of the next job, and the story follows the crew through various adventures as they travel towards their destination.

The crew is what makes this story, from new recruit Rosemary, to captain Ashby, the head of this varied family, Sissix, A.I Lovey, and the wonderful Kizzy and Jenks, the mechanics and a couple of wonderful characters. Each of these characters have their own stories to tell, and it’s through them and their experiences that various themes develop throughout the book. They encounter several other species and places along the way, and all this adds flavour to an imaginative tale.

The next book in the Wayfarers series is A Closed and Common Orbit and seems to follow one of the characters introduced here. It was a shame to leave behind some of these colourful characters as their story drew to it’s conclusion, but I’m also interested in what lies in store in the following books, the new characters and new places to encounter. Definitely a series I will return to when I’m in the mood for some character-driven science fiction.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    This was a good read but not what I anticipated when I picked it up. It’s more like a series of small episodes but the characters really do steal the show. A series that I felt got better but this is a good start.
    Lynn 😀


    • pagesandtea says:

      I don’t really know what I expected at first, it’s not a genre I’ve read much from at all. It’s a shame to leave certain of these characters but good to hear the rest of the series is good as I’ll probably dip back into it at some point (if/when I get out of my thriller phase maybe)


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