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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2016.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016.
Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut!
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.
But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life onboard is chaotic but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.
Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years...if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But Rosemary isn't the only person onboard with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
©2014 Becky Chambers (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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Critic Reviews

"A joyous, optimistic space opera.... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general)." (
"One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages." (James Smythe, author of The Echo)
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By Daniel on 11-05-17

bland, saccharine firefly homage

This is a long, lulling document of an unusually bland workplace. Imagine your office, except all the moral ambiguity has been sucked out. Much like your office, day-to-day things proceed mostly smoothly, and most crises are quickly resolved. Unlike your office, you have the overwhelming sense that the moral ark of the story will stop anyone from getting anything other than their just deserts, that no-one will make any irremediable mistakes, and that good people will end up in good circumstances, because they are good.

If that's your bag, good. For me... I didn't hate it, because it's nice to have a lulling sleepy bed time story from time to time.

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By JCRW on 10-18-17

An amazing breath of fresh air - sci-fi @ its best

Who should buy this book:
If you like Firefly buy this!
If you like Arthur C Clarke, buy this,
If you like Kim Stanley Robinson buy this.
If you are sick of reading Sci-fi books geared towards 14 year boys who want to read about soldiers in big bad space ships going pew pew pew all the time and flexing their male organs then you will love this.

Who should not buy this book:
If you are a 14 year old boy(or one trapped in the body of a man) that wants to read about space soldiers in big bad ships flexing their male organs while going pew pew pew, then you probably should skip this one and buy Columbus Day instead

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By Jenny on 04-19-16


I'm a great fan of Firefly and heard that this novel contained some of that humour and energy, and to a certain extent it does.

But I found it lacking in actual plot. It raced along, ticking hundreds of PC boxes on the way, overt nods to inclusion, gender politics, all well and good, but, I felt anyway, it was at the expense of a compelling story.

It was entertaining and I would recommend a listen, but it wasn't quite the space opera I had been led to believe.

This reads like a first novel and I hope the next in the series builds on the promise of the first.

I would certainly recommend it, maybe my expectations were too high.

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By Mark on 02-07-16

for young adults

Any additional comments?

This book is warm, earnest and full of wise moral advice. Its a book for young people or people young at heart. All about how externals are not important only what you feel on the inside. Its a lovely story, (I am a huge Firefly fan) and sometimes I wanted to join the crew but being 56 I would get bored with all the dope smoking and tattooing and hair braiding. Its about finding yourself. I am over half way through and think I might need to skip some bits as its wandering all over the place. Its more of a social documentary than a story. Nobody seems to go to the toilet, (the Star trek problem), they all eat bugs and drink coffee and tea. I keep expecting Louis Theroux to pop in to see how its going. I hope the next novel has more bones inside the meat.

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By Mr. G. Trabakoulas on 03-24-17

Too much explaining and long winded feelings

What would have made The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet better?

It seems the characters get so many opportunities to explain for the reader instead of developing the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Becky Chambers again?

Maybe, depending on recomendations

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was fine

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By Charles on 01-10-17

Oddly annoying.

I found the heartfelt monologues about how each character feels grating after hearing the 15th or 16th one. Fantastic narration however.

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