Title: The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet
Author: Becky Chambers
Format: Kindle E-book
Sci-Fi books often frustrate me.
I am intrigued by ideas and the chance to escape into this wholly new time and place that the author teases in the blurb. More often than not I get a little bit here and there about the story’s setting and then…snooze. Another war. Another cat and mouse game across the stars. Another devious plot. A little zero gravity sex. It’s Tom Clancy in outer space.
That’s why this book was so exciting to me and why I can’t stop telling people that they really need to read it if they like thinking about interesting things.
Becky Chambers has invented a far future galaxy with multiple species living and working together. She has then created a microcosm of that galaxy in the form of a wormhole-drilling spaceship and its varied crew. The story in this book is the story of that ship and her crew and the year-long life changing voyage they take to fill a government contract on the far edge of the known space.
It’s a pleasant trip where we get to know the ship’s crew in all their varied forms while we experience spacer life alongside them. There are stops here and there to pick up necessary parts or attend necessary functions and we get to experience life planetside and life in spaceports along the way. It’s a fun journey with a satisfying conclusion.
There ARE shots fired and there are beasties to overcome but the action never swallows the story.
This is a 4-worm novel that is definitely worth a purchase.