The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Becky Chambers
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Cover

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet


Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnelling ship, and its crew of mixed species and personalities. It is certainly different from what she is used to, and that is what she wants.

I loved this book. So much! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started it. I'd seen it mentioned on a few blogs, but nothing had really prompted me to put it on Mount TBR, but then I spotted it in the library when I'd forgotten to bring the book I was currently reading. So I picked it up, started reading, and loved it straight away.

It was just so much fun. It has it all, action and adventure, romance, danger and death! What more could you want.

The edition I borrowed has the UK/IRE cover which is this first image. And it is a good cover. Classic sci-fi, looking at the stars and wondering what it out there. It does a good job of getting that across. But the US cover... it just fits the book so much better. I mean, it is a sort of pulpy cover, and is much more "fun". The UK cover is much more serious looking. Which isn't to say that the book is a no-brainer. There is plenty there to widen the reader's perspective, and it does raise a whole heap of issues. From AI to alien interactions, to sexuality, and whole heap more. So it is a serious book in that respect. But it is also fun and engaging and so easy to read. It just feels more like the second image is you know what I mean?

It actually felt a lot like watching Firefly, a small crew, interacting, living on the edge, trying to make their way. Although the crew are a lot more diverse than those of Serenity but if I was asked to find something to compare The long way to a small angry planet to, it would definitely be the 'verse. It has that same feel of family to it.

And those that have been around this blog for a while know that that is high praise indeed. Because I love and adore Firefly.