95 points, 5 STARS!
Follow a crew as different as they are same. Rosemary Harper is looking to escape her past when she joins up with the crew of the Wayfarer: Ashby is their captain, Sissix is the heart of their family, Kizzy and Jenks are the engineers extraordinaire who keep them running through talent and spunk, Corbin is the resident jerk who everyone tolerates and has a past not even he knew, Lovely is the ship AI and Ohan is special. Their job? To punch a hole in the galaxy to a small, angry planet on a mission of diplomacy.
“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.