Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
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 who learned early to keep to herself, 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.
“Nobody should be alone,” Sissix said. “Being alone and untouched … there’s no punishment worse than that. And she’s done nothing wrong. She’s just different.”
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet has been on my radar for a while because so many of my friends have read and loved it. They just wouldn’t stop talking about it. I kept putting it off though, because “it isn’t the right time” and I wanted to get through the stuff I already had.
It was a mistake.
Within the first five percent of this book, I realised I was completely and totally hooked. I couldn’t have stopped reading if you dropped a bomb on my head. I really didn’t sleep last night. It really snuck up on me, how quickly I fell in utter love with this. I was still in the “I could really like this stage” before I got slapped upside the head with utter adoration.
As always with slice-of-life stories, I kept waiting for the story actually start. I’m not used to slice-of-life, so every time it is a bit of an adjustment for me. It was easier with Small, Angry Planet, though. I realised it earlier than normal. Something about this book made me realise that it was about the people and what they’re going through instead of some nasty event that is happening. I loved it.
And I also loved the characters. There is something about them that just draw you in and make you love them. They make you want to stay with them. By the end of the book, you feel like you’re one of the crew members. That you, too, could be a part of the family they have created for themselves. You just want to know what is going to happen to each and every one of them. They are all amazing.
Not only are you part of the family, now, you’re rooting for their personal and professional lives. Even if their professional lives isn’t really part of the story, you’re still rooting for them to succeed in everything they set out to do. And boy does Ashby have some lofty goals for himself and the rest of the crew. This is a story about the people, and their professional and personal lives are part of them.
In some ways, A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is entirely predictable. In others it wasn’t. In every way it was enjoyable to read. This was just an excellently well-told story all around. I cannot wait to read the next one, even as much as I dread leaving the crew that became my family here.
The smartest thing I’ll do for a while is go to bed now instead of starting the next one, because then I truly won’t sleep.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Wayfarers series page!