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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

September 10, 2019
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

It took me far too long to get around to reading this series. Kimi and Fi (who get mentioned on here so very often) have been badgering me to read this series for years. I finally picked it up as one of my NEWTS books this past month and I adored it.

It's definitely a very character-driven book. I don't feel as though there's a lot of action but the book doesn't lose anything as a result. Instead, you get to focus on how nuanced each and every character in this book is. The extensive species present in this reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy. The crew of the Marauder, the ship where this book is set, is primarily human aside from a few characters. Sissix is an Aandrisk a reptilian-esque bipedal woman and their pilot, Dr. Chef is a Grum who has 'handfeet', Ohan a Sianat Pair whose preferred pronouns are they who assists in the piloting of the ship and Lovey, the AI of the ship. For the humans, we have Jenks the computer tech, Kizzy the mech tech, Ashby the Captain, Corbin the AlgaeistĀ and Rosemary the clerk and newest member of the team. The relationships between each of the characters are such a joy to read, even the more strained ones. It's made even more interesting by how much the different species cultural differences are explored too. Both on and off the ship.

The entire story begins are Rosemary starts work on the Ship in an attempt to escape something from her past, though the crew are unaware of this. They take on a big and dangerous job to create a portal to a faraway planet. Chaos ensues. As I mentioned before there's a little physical action, not much fighting at all. Everything centres around the crew being able to solve problems with their intelligence and diplomacy. It was brilliant.

Also I adore Kizzy.

I can't wait to continue on with this series.


Name: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

Author(s): Becky Chambers

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 402

ISBN: 978-1-473-61981-4

Rating: 5/5

Have you read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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