The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

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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 possible 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 enginners 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.
Publisher: New York :, Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
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Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062444134
Characteristics: 443 pages ; 21 cm
Summary: 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 possible 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 enginners 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.

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mkpederson
Apr 01, 2021

I’ve recommended this book as better than “Ender’s Game”, a true compliment. Yes, enjoyable like watching the old “Firefly” series, but this is a sophisticated universe , rich-in-detail and in the depth of the endearing characters.

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johnulee
Mar 06, 2021

What made this book go so fast was that it did not follow an individual, but, a crew, each member.... different species, etc... helped the author introduce the world in which they live, technology, interactions, etc... did not bog down anywhere... surprises, or unexpected turn of events now and again kept it fresh, too. Highly recommended!!

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snacks_turner
Feb 10, 2021

A sort of kinder, gentler sci-fi space opera with much less sex and violence than I've come to expect from the genre. The book has an underlying theme of aliens of different species and cultures learning to accept and respect one another. This book didn't grab me quite like the second in the series - perhaps it was the pacing, which was at times inconsistent. A recommended read all the same.

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andreareads
Feb 03, 2021

Refreshingly character-driven, although slow-paced.

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23305016881787ccc
Nov 15, 2020

This is a very fun and thought out science fiction, the interactions of the crew are very fun and relatable. It's author had great imagination for all the different cultures, and I really liked how to creatures of different cultures would respect each other, at least on the wayfarer crew. It is a really fun and heartwarming book, and I enjoyed reading it. I wish we had more diverse intelligent life to communicate with, but I had a feeling humans would have killed them all just like humans did to so many other species. It is a great book, and I think it is more realistic than the other sci-fi movies, books, or shows. It makes sense another intelligent civilization would want to collaborate with
the humans, instead of killing all humans for no reason, and I like how there is so many so many different ideas and ways of life.

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milesnelson
Oct 16, 2020

Great development of many different species and individuals. However, the book falls into potty mouth mode instead of being creative. A swear word here and there is fine but at times this book seems to revel in being foul. Made for a distraction from enjoying the story.

fladdle Oct 05, 2020

This is a really wonderful series. Chambers has a deft and delicate hand describing complete worlds and characters that you can identify with. This is amazing considering that most of them are aliens from various systems with their local cultures and needs. The story doesn’t require high action or violence but the pace is perfect and there are layers that are applicable to us today.

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captbligh
Sep 24, 2020

Like a comic book converted to a paperback novel. Not an adult read.

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Michael614
Sep 07, 2020

Becky Chambers' novel The Long Way was recommended by a friendly librarian (thanks!) and satisfies on multiple levels. Her characters realistically interact as they encounter technological, social, and other differences on a long voyage. With equivalents of smartphones, controlled substances, and data centers they work through issues around these and emerge with lives improved by their experiences. Set in a galaxy controlled by smarter (and better looking) aliens, its human characters must overcome their biases and get along with everyone else to survive.

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mini_moon_pie
Aug 04, 2020

A fantastic science fiction novel that has an old-school feel but is incredibly modern. Lovable characters, interesting plot, totally readable. Highly recommended.

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andreareads
Feb 03, 2021

The only reason Humans stopped killing each other to the extent that you used to, I think, is because your planet died before you could finish the job.

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andreareads
Feb 03, 2021

Like many lifelong spacers, Ashby didn’t care much for heights on land. Looking down at a planet from orbit was no problem, because out there, falling meant floating. If you took a long fall _inside_ a ship – say, down the engine shaft on a big homesteader – you’d have enough time to shout the word “_falling_!” This would prompt the local AI to turn off the adjacent artigrav net. Your descent would abruptly end, and you’d be free to drift over to the nearest railing. You’d piss off anyone in the vicinity who’d been drinking mek or working with small tech parts, but it was a fair price to pay for staying alive (the “falling” safety was also popularly exploited by kids, who found the sudden reversal in gravity within a crowded walkway or a classroom to be the height of hilarity). But planetside, there was no artigrav net. Even a drop of a dozen feet could mean death, if you landed wrong. Ashby didn’t care much for gravity that couldn’t be turned off.

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shayshortt
Nov 10, 2018

Living in space was anything but quiet. Grounders never expected that. For anyone who had grown up planetside, it took some time to get used to the clicks and hums of a ship, the ever-present ambience that came with living inside a piece of machinery… Silence belonged to the vacuum outside.

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