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Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

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

Format: Paperback

Goodreads Summary: Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

My Thoughts Graphic

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was the queer space adventure I’ve been looking for. Reading this book was like sipping hot chocolate on a cold day – in other words, highly satisfying and endlessly familiar. Humans aren’t the dominant species in space, aliens aren’t all humanoid, and one interspecies crew takes on the deal of a lifetime: tunneling a wormhole to provide transport for trade between the newest alien planet to take its place on the intergalactic stage.

While not action-packed, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet showed me what most of us don’t see in other space travel books: the life and relationships of a crew on a small ship. If you know me, you know I’m a complete sucker for books with AIs in them, and the most LOVELY AI was in this one; she was as much a part of the crew as anyone. Despite the lack of constant action, it was a nice journey through space watching the characters interact, grow, and suffer.

The pacing was never too slow, which was important for a book like this. It sped up in some places, especially near the end, but I never felt like I was slogging through the chapters or that the book wouldn’t end quickly enough.

I loved the representation in this book. It was so amazing to see relationships besides the usual–straight and human. I was so, so happy to see myself in Rosemary, and over the moon when she didn’t die. It’s a big deal, and I wanted to hug this book forever. This is definitely one you should read.

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads / Amazon (on sale for 1.99 on Kindle, fyi)

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