The long way to a small, angry planet

(Wayfarers, #1)

Paperback, 404 pages

English language

Published Nov. 23, 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton.

ISBN:
9781473619814

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4 stars (56 reviews)

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 reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board 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.

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Einfach entspannt nette Protagonist/innen kennenlernen

5 stars

Ich suchte nach: - ScienceFiction - Autorin - optimistisch - divers und fand dieses Buch. Es ist nicht sonderlich spannend. Keine Intrigen, keine Schlachten, noch nicht mal philosophisch nachhallende Denkansätze. Man lernt einfach nur die sympathische, diverse Crew kennen, die ein bisschen was zu tun hat. Wie so eine von den etwas unspektakuläreren TNG- oder Voyager-Folgen. I love it! War leider etwas abrupt zu Ende, daher habe ich mir schnell Band 2 gekauft. Ich will noch ein bisschen weiter mitreisen.

Review of 'Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET is about a ship, a crew, a space journey, and the friends they made and (or sometimes tragically lost) along the way.

There are a lot of characters and they generally feel distinct from each other. That means I can't really point to an overall style, other than that once I tracked names enough to tell Jenks and Ashby apart I did all right for the rest of the book (I kept mixing up who was with Pei).
main character - If anyone is the main character it might be Rosemary, she's definitely the reader's way into the narrative as a human who doesn't have any travel experience and is generally unfamiliar with the people and places that they encounter on the way. Because she isn't the only point-of-view character there's a pretty robust diversity not only of perspectives but of angles …

Optimistic sci fi about a long journey and chosen family

5 stars

So wonderful. I heard that this was an "optimistic" read, and it's true; the characters tackle the adversity they face by being emotionally intelligent, thoughtful, supportive, ethical. It scratched the same itch as, say, Kim Stanley Robinson. Chosen family was a constant theme. To switch mediums, it felt like a mix between Firefly, Star Trek, and She Ra.

I inhaled it! So good!

Review of 'The long way to a small, angry planet' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This is mostly world building and character development. The overarching plot is actually more of a frame narrative loosely connecting the short-story-esque vignettes. The frame narrative: a multi-species crew taking contract jobs tunneling new wormholes through space takes a job in a distant, isolated sector and it will take a year to travel there for the job. It's as good an explanation as any for why their ship is traveling through many different territories and why the crew is interacting with so many different species and even their own friends and family on their home worlds. We've seen the ragtag crew before--it's reminiscent of Firefly, Hitchhiker's Guide, and so many other books and shows that you'll recognize immediately.

Does this sound dismissive? I hope not. This is a really lovely book in which people are kind, inclusive, and self-reflective. It's about family, community, and our obligations to each other. When …

Review of 'Long Way to a Small Angry Planet' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) "There was a hand-painted sign affixed to the wall beside the door. 'THE FISHBOWL,' it read. The bright letters were surrounded by smiling planets and cheerful flowers. New as Rosemary was to the ship, she had an inkling that the sign was Kizzy’s doing.
She opened the door, and gasped. Before her was a wide, domed room, constructed from interlocking sheets of plex. It was a window, a giant, bubble-like window, with the entire galaxy spilling out beyond. And on their side, everything — everything — was green. Large hydroponic planters were arranged in spiraling rows, bursting with broad leaves, perky sprouts, and dark, fat vegetables. Handwritten labels were affixed to skewers at regular intervals (the alphabet used was not one that Rosemary recognized). Some of the plants were flowering, and delicate trellises encouraged the climbers to grow tall. A branching path stretched out from the doorway, lined with …

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