The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is one of the most fun books I’ve read in a while! It is a story about the journey, not the destination and it’s a fun, well-written journey. The pacing is tight, the plot isn’t confusing and Chambers doesn’t leave plot threads laying about.
What impressed me most about the book was the thought and care Chambers put into creating the different alien races. Too often alien races are simply “humans but blue and with gills but more or less the same, with similar cultural values” which is boring. Chambers’ alien races are varied and creative. Chambers’ characters feel real and relatable, even when they’re utterly alien.
I didn’t want to put the book down. All the characters felt fleshed out and real and nothing ever felt forced or contrived. Immediately after finishing this book, I texted my two best reader friends and told them to go pick it up right away. They both did and THEY couldn’t put it down either.
The Long Way isn’t a space opera, and it’s not High science fiction where you feel like you need advanced mathematical and scientific degrees to follow what’s happening. It’s a fun, easy to follow read that left me simultaneously satisfied and begging for more.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is the first book in the Wayfarers series.
Review originally published on Goodreads May 30, 2017.