Where Science Fiction meets Little Miss Sunshine
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1)
A rollicking space adventure with a lot of heart
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 possibly 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 engineers 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.
The journey through the galaxy is full of excitement, adventure, and mishaps for the Wayfarer team. And along the way, Rosemary comes to realize that a crew is a family, and that family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe… as long as you actually like them.
You may be more familiar with the UK cover since this book just released here in the United States.
I was highly recommended this book on Twitter and I’ve been getting more and more into scifi lately so I decided to buy it!
The story is about a crew on board of a tunneling ship. They tunnel holes in space to make traveling to other parts of space easier and quicker. This is their journey.
What I liked:
- The Beginning: At 11 pages I was in love. The characters were so full of life and different.
- The diversity! *claps enthusiastically* The crew and the world, or rather universe, is full of VERY diverse species. On this ship, the Wayfarer, the captain is a black man in his 30s and his crew is made up for humans, and other very different alien species varying in age, ethnicity and sexual preferences.
- The friendships: It’s always great to see friendships grow and mature throughout a book.
- The world (universe) building: I was very impressed with how Becky was able to explain how the universe functioned with it’s ruling government, planets, travelling, history and description of MANY species. So many books that deal with alien type characters don’t seem to flesh out enough background of each of the different types. I was quite impressed with this.
What didn’t totally work for me:
- The pacing: I guess I assumed the pacing would be quick and action packed BUT it’s actually what the title implies… a long trip.
Now at the top I stated this book is Scifi meets Little Miss Sunshine. If you’ve seen this movie you may understand what I mean. Each character in Little Miss Sunshine learns a life lesson about themselves and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was the same in this way. Each character had a big lesson about themselves they would discover along this trip. I did like this, but I think I’ve discovered I like fast paced books so this is more of a preference than a criticism.
- The romances: I did like the diversity here in the romances BUT I also found it a bit hard to really ship humans with alien type characters.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a great story told about a crew of people who truly love and need each other and their friendships are the heart of this story. If you’re looking for alien invasions with wars and planets exploding this is not the scifi you’re looking for. This is an adventure with great life lessons, new friends, and a galaxy to explore. I gave it 3.5 Stars.