The Long Way to a Small Angry PlanetThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
Setting: Space
on August 18, 2015
Pages: 519
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“When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possibly want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and some distance from her past.
And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.
From Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the chatty engineers who keep the ship running, to the noble captain Ashby, life aboard is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. That is until the crew is offered the job of a lifetime tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Sure, they’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years, but risking her life wasn’t part of the job description.”


The overwhelming sentiment that I gathered from reviews of this book is that nothing much happens but it is amazing and you have to read it.  I totally agree.

Rosemary is a human from Mars who is on the run from her life there.  She is hired to be a secretary.  She has skills with languages too that may come in handy.  She’s never been on a long haul ship before.  The crew of the Wayfarer is different than any group she’s been around before.

Captain Ashby is human.  He’s been looking for a way to make the Wayfarer more profitable.  Now he’s been selected for a huge job.  They will open a wormhole between a newly settled planet in a war zone and their home galaxy.  It will take over a year to get there.

Sissix is reptilian but don’t say that out loud because it is rude.  Her race is very affectionate.  They form different families at different times in their lives.  Their sexual freedom makes many humans uncomfortable.

Kizzy is human.  She loves machinery and keeps the Wayfarer running with help from Jenks.  She reminded me of Kaylee from Firefly.

Jenks is human.  He works mostly with the AI system on the ship.  During his time on the ship, he has fallen in love with her.  They are considering getting her a body so she can leave the ship.

Lovey is the AI system.  Her name is short for Lovelace. She controls everything on board.

Dr. Chef is both the doctor and the chef.  He’s in the male phase of his life right now.

Ohan is a Sianat pair.  He carries an alien parasite inside him that allows him to see in multiple dimensions and wavelengths.  He understands the workings of the universe.  It allows him to navigate when they are making wormholes.  The pairing drastically shortens his life expectancy and he is starting to show signs of physical deterioration.

Corbin is the ship’s algae specialist.  The ship runs off of algae most of the time.  He’s grumpy and a loner but good at his job so everyone puts up with him.


The story mainly involves putting these diverse species in a ship for a long period of time and watching what happens.  There are a few close escapes but mostly it is a story about making a family – the good and the bad.

Just go read this one if you haven’t yet.  You won’t regret it.

8 Replies to “The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet”

  1. I have been hearing nothing but good reviews about this book but I am still apprehensive about trying this. Considering nothing much happens, I am not sure if I will like it. 🙁

  2. This is one of those books that makes me warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. I loved the sequel – there’s a gang of us reading it as a group through December if you fancy joining in (yes, I read it last month and I’m rereading it next month; it was excellent, and more thoughtful than the first). But I totally get the bookworm dilemma of not running out of things to look forward to! One of the reasons I love SciFi Month is finding new bookfriends who can point me at the next thing to get excited about 🙂

      1. We’re signing up and sharing links over on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18297338-dec-a-closed-and-common-orbit-wayfarers-2) if you are on there, and will be discussing our thoughts on Fridays through December:

        Week 1: Friday 2nd December – Start of Part 1 up to Page 94 (“…yellow, silver, white…”), hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow
        Week 2: Friday 9th December – Page 95 (Jane, Age 10 “Jane was still tired…”) to End of Part 1, hosted by imyril at X+1
        Week 3: Friday 16th December – all of Part 2, hosted at Lynn’s Book Blog
        Week 4: Friday 23rd December – Part 3 to End, hosted by Mogsy at The BiblioSanctum

    1. I want to get the next one right away but I also don’t want to burn through it really quickly and have nothing else to look forward to. Book worm dilemma!

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