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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2016.

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016.

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut!

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life onboard is chaotic but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years...if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But Rosemary isn't the only person onboard with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

©2014 Becky Chambers (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

What the critics say

"A joyous, optimistic space opera.... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general)." (Tor.com)
"One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages." (James Smythe, author of The Echo)

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A must read in the exploration of difference.

amazing look at different species and cultures and how they interact. An exploration of ourselves through the eyes of otherness. An amazing, exciting story!

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great!

The performance was amazing and really fit the text well! The change in time used to speak for a character was really distinctive without ever getting annoying or distracting

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So disappointed in this

On first review of the cover blurb, I thought this book, and the crews' job, sounded intriguing. And the universe the author has imagined has great potential. And then it was wasted. The relentless perkiness of the characters, simplistic adolescent responses to what should be complex adult situations, the lack of depth in character creation, all proved too much for me. I tried but couldn't manage to get more than a third of the way through it, I was so bored and irritated by the characters and their problems I couldn't force myself to finish. A pity.

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poorly written and as subtle as a brick

I couldn't get more than about half way through. every scene is some sort of PSA, the message is fine but it feels very rigid, forced and unnatural. it suffers badly from telling instead of showing, there is a confusingly huge number of aliens to keep track of and the characters don't really seem to have any room for character growth. the characters are also rather inconsistent and hamfisted. overall it feels like a fanfiction without any source material.

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a wonderful book! I am going to get the rest!

I have loved this book. I have laughed and I have teared up; I am going to get the rest of the series!

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Episodic and boring.

This book was nice. The characters were fun but predictable. But every couple chapters just felt like an episode to a tv show. A conflict would arise, it would be solved. Repeat ad nauseum. I would've rated this book higher because I actually enjoyed it but holy moly the ending is so drawn out and boring. I ended up increasing the read speed to nearly 2x for the last 2 hours and had no problem following the story because nothing really happened.

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lovely telling of a lovely tale

The story:
This is something to read if you're looking for rich, deep, comprehensive world-building. Becky Chambers imbues her stories with a rich vein of compassion, hope, and, for lack of a better word, humanity. At first blush it may appear a Firefly clone (rag-tag group of "misfits" with a dashing Captain flying their way through space dealing with the gigantic Galactic Commons) but it's more like the flipside of that 'verse. These are not pirates or warriors, these are working class folks trying to do a a good days work, get paid, and life their lives. It's just happens that instead of a road crew, these folks build the tunnels (aka wormholes) spaceships use to zip around the galaxy.
It's a story buy turns funny and exciting and sexy (so low-key sexy) and addresses deeply human questions about how we interact with others and how we can work together.

The audiobook
The recording is very well done. While not a full cast, the reader, Patricia Rodriguez ,changes her voice enough to easily identify the speaker and imbue them with character without being showy or distracting.
I've read the book on page, but I've returned to this recording as a comfort listen a lot recently, it's like a warm audio blanket.

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Loved it! Great characterizations of aliens

I loved the way the author seems to have really tried to approach each character species as real beings and how their individuality really is coloured by this. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Truly Enjoyable!

Wow, I loved this book. I loved the complex understanding and reunderstandings of what it means to be a sentient being that this book explored. The relationships and growth of each of the crew member onboard the Wayfairer were really lovely to dive into. Would recommend highly.

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great characters and fantastic world

once it hooks you, you'll feel like the characters are your closest friends or family

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  • P. L. Forrington
  • 2017-07-28

Can't say enough good things about this

Many reviewers have commented that this book seems to be plotless. I disagree. Though yes, it certainly focuses more on the characters and their relationships rather than the traditional plot, it still has a beginning, middle and end and is incredible. I never wanted to press the pause button. The performance was great as well, and I was at first glad to see she reads the next book, a closed and common orbit. I just pray audible gets the rites to sell it in Canada, because I very much want to read it and would rather not read the IBook. I fact I don't think I will.

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  • Ben
  • 2017-03-04

Good little sci-fi book, more about relationships

Good little sci-fi book that deals more with the relationships between people (and species) than with space battles or even space travel. While yes, it all happens in space and is about space travel, it was a really interesting look into how a crew of very mixed characters would get along and make it through challenges together. The narrator for this book was also a major factor of me rating it this high. She did the human voices exactly as I'd imagine them and the alien ones were funny and strange, just like sci-fi should be. One good thing about the book was it made me compare the situations in the plot to the real world I live in, which is what good sci-fi should do. There were a lot of easily-identifiable situations, relationships and choices. But there were also things that, when you read deeper, were great insights into life. Lots of things I could see related to Trump, or to the racial struggles around the world, to politics and economics. All in all a good listen, kept me entertained and even had me thinking at times!

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  • Carry Crets
  • 2017-06-22

loved it

I read this book a while ago and used the audiobook to refresh my mind before digging into the second one. I love it the first read through and I think I now live it even more.

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  • SilasFinch
  • 2015-08-14

Best Sci Fi I have read in Ages

Where does The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is everything I hope for in a sci fi book. Bizarrely I would call this a cross between Firefly, Mass Effect (as noted by the publishers) and Sophie's World. Big questions and speculative science interlaced with great characters and humour. I have read countless sci fi and this ranks in my Top Ten for characterisation and philosophy

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is really hard to decide - the whole novel is structured around getting pretty equal insights into each of the characters and you become attached to each in different ways. If pushed I would say 'Doctor- Chief'

What about Patricia Rodriguez’s performance did you like?

She did an excellent job with all the different acents and candience. Moving easily between sexes, races and species.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing particularly extreme but being along with The Wayfarer was just so much fun. The fate of The Navigator was especially touching.

Any additional comments?

Thank you so much to the people who crowd funded this novel - well worth it. This WON'T appeal to Hard Science fans (Peter Hamilton etc) but a safe fun bet for everyone else.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-20

A disappointment

Episodes from the lives of a multi-species spaceship on a long journey - might have worked as a TV series, as a book it lacks a plot to speak of - 75% into the book I was still wondering when the interesting part is going to begin.
The characters, while loveable, are extremely two-dimensional and spend most of their time stating qliches about the importance of friendship and cultural sensitivity.

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  • marcus
  • 2019-02-08

compassionate space drama

This book is great. It's as if the crew of Firefly was multi-species instead of just human and lived in something like the Star Trek universe but populated by aliens as diverse and creatively done as those in Star Wars.

The aliens here are portrayed well. Each species is distinct and not just a human analog. The world comparison to the Star Trek universe is only in the broadest most general sense; this book definitely does it's own thing as far as showing new ideas on what a galactic alliance of intelligent species might look like. For starters, humans are not the dominant species, which was interesting and refreshing.

The characters are very enjoyable and well developed. I haven't liked a group of characters this much in awhile. The writer really does a good job at bringing out their identities and struggles and the dynamics of the crew that the story follows.

Since the focus is more on the characters and their journeys instead of any overall struggle or universe shattering plot some may find the book slow but I found the writing was so fun and there were so many interesting ideas and spending time with this crew was so enjoyable that the lack of a "save the galaxy" story was in no way a loss. I am very much looking forward to the sequel and seeing where the writer takes things next.

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  • JCRW
  • 2017-10-18

An amazing breath of fresh air - sci-fi @ its best

Who should buy this book:
If you like Firefly buy this!
If you like Arthur C Clarke, buy this,
If you like Kim Stanley Robinson buy this.
If you are sick of reading Sci-fi books geared towards 14 year boys who want to read about soldiers in big bad space ships going pew pew pew all the time and flexing their male organs then you will love this.

Who should not buy this book:
If you are a 14 year old boy(or one trapped in the body of a man) that wants to read about space soldiers in big bad ships flexing their male organs while going pew pew pew, then you probably should skip this one and buy Columbus Day instead

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  • Ashwin Kulothungun
  • 2016-12-11

Beautiful!

The first audiobook I never wanted to pause. Non-operatic storytelling, a real universe, excellent narration.

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  • Malcolm Wilson
  • 2016-10-04

Just lovely

The book is excellent, wonderfully modern sci-fi set in an engaging and well-constructed new universe. The characters are memorable and lively.

The performance is also fantastic, and I will absolutely be seeking out more of Patricia Rodriguez's work. Her narration is excellent, and she does a great job making the character voices distinct and recognizable.

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  • Simon
  • 2021-07-23

great fun story

I really enjoyed this book
a good story and a great narrator
I hope there are more

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  • Mia-
  • 2019-08-21

disappointing

All the ingredients are there to make a good story. I found the end result boring, cliché, and as a rule uninteresting.

It is however probably a matter of taste. The universe described is interesting and rich, the characters have some originality (less so if you read a lot of SF, but they each have a very specific individuality); it might be a matter of slow pace, of not enough happening in the long hours of reading everything (15 hours!), or linked to reading rythm. my final opinion is "meh!"