Page Turner: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Page Turner now has a new look! Big thanks to Aka for the adorable commission, you did a wonderful job. I’m looking forward to using this more often.

Once again, I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner.

9781473619814The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers is a Scifi Space Opera following the crew of The Wayfarer. The crew have scored a massive job that involves travelling into possible hostile territory.

The small crew has a new addition, Rosemary Harper. There is more to the young clerk than they first expect. Namely her running away from her life on Mars. However, everyone on board has a secret or two. Secrets are hard to keep as is, let alone in a fairly small ship in deep space.

If I had to describe this book in one word it would be compelling. This is one of those rare books that I simply couldn’t put down.

This is one of those books where each chapter is told from a different characters point of view. Mostly the crew in this case. They are all interesting characters and their dynamics with one another made this book a joy to read. The crew acts more like a family than co-workers and are loving and accepting folk. Well, for the most part.

Normally in Scifi, humans tend to be similar. They tend to have the same beliefs and act in a similar way. Here that isn’t the case since there are humans who grew up on planets like Mars and some who have lived their whole lives on spaceships. Plus there are different factions who live differently and hold different values. It was great to see.

The aliens were really unique and fascinating. No two races encountered were the same. From lizard like ones to near indescribable, each with their own cultures.

The worldbuilding is done in a very natural way. It makes sense that the characters are describing the politics of alien races to Rosemary as she hasn’t encountered any before on Mars. Which reminds me, the worldbuilding is amazing.

Each planet is run differently, each race views everything in their own way. It is such a big world and I loved reading all about it.

All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.

I absolutely adored this book. As much as I regret not reading it sooner, perhaps reading about someone exploring space for the first time during a lockdown was a good idea. Either way, this Space Oprea won me over after the first chapter.

There is a fair amount of comedy, drama and heart. It was one of those books that when you close it for the last time, you feel both satisfied from finishing a good book but also a bit sad that it is over.

I loved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet so much that as soon as I finished it I ordered the next two books in the Wayfarer series A Closed and Common Orbit and Record of a Spaceborn Few. There is a forth due to be released next year giving me plenty of time to read not only the rest of the Wayfarer series but Chambers’ other books.

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