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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, 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.
©2014 Becky Chambers (P)2016 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Nick Eubank on 11-11-16

Wonderful characters; no real plot

What did you like best about The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet? What did you like least?

A great ensemble cast with beautiful dynamics among them. Fun, comforting. But no real plot! Lots of little episodes, but tension never develops except for short, half-chapter intervals.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Michael Diggins on 09-03-17

Background for the Second Book?

I read this book because the sequel, "A Closed and Common Orbit", was nominated for the Hugo award in 2017. So, I figured I'd read the series in order. After reading this first book, I probably won't bother with the second.

The book has a large cast of diverse characters, but I didn't find any of them particularly interesting. While the alien races were very diverse, they have all been done before with different names. None of them struck me as unique or new. The small amount of character growth is very obvious and simplistic.

The book touches on lots of liberal issues arround diversity, acceptance, and tolerance; however, it doesn't explore any of these in an interesting way. There's a lot of long monologues with one character or another preaching, which I find really boring even if I agree with their point of view.

There's almost no plot in the book. Maybe it was written as background for the second book?

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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