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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1 by [Chambers, Becky]
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***SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD***

*** SHORTLISTED FOR THE KITSCHIES GOLDEN TENTACLE***

*** LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016***

The astonishing self-published debut novel that Guardian calls 'a quietly profound, humane tour de force.'

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 on board 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 on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TTM2B84
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I was almost surprised to love this as much as I did - as a fan of hard sci-fi and often very bleak futuristic fiction, this book was a complete departure from my usual reading. However the humour was brilliant, the characters were interesting and likeable and whilst the life lessons were sometimes simplistic it was a thoroughly fun and enjoyable read. I'm keen to enjoy the sequel!
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decided not to finish it (40%). mostly due to a matter of taste. it was a little soft around the edges. but the characters bothered me most.

some positive reviews note a strength of this story is that it is not centred around a 'white male'. i agree. the problem however is that the characters are such gender specific cliche's that it is no much more sophisticated than an Iain Banks 80's hero objectifying a seductive young woman.

this came across (again i didn't finish it) as a story that preferred not to indulge in technological details in favour of focusing on individuals, nuanced relationships and difficult decisions - 'Aurora' did this especially well. Unfortunately here the elements were too simplistic and uninteresting for me to want to stick around.

Should you read it?
If you felt like the Red Rising trilogy was fast food garbage but at the other end Aurora was maybe too dense or even boring then maybe this will hit a sweet spot for you.
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Sci-Fi has traditionally been pretty bad at character development. Classic books are filled with grand and interesting ideas, exciting stories, and boringly competent straight white men. Becky Chambers has delivered questions of identity, xenophobia, love and war. She has given us moments of pathos and terror, sadness and joy. She gave us the old 'adventure in a spaceship', but made it something unique with excellent but understated world building and a superb cast. That's where this book truly shines, with multifaceted characters who genuinely feel like real people, despite their alien cultures, ideals, and appearances. 'The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet' has received numerous awards nominations and many excellent reviews, and it deserves them all.
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This is the book you are looking for, trust me. This is the binge-all-night, take-into-the-loo, oh-crap-the-sun-is-peeking-through-my-window book that you need in your life. If you love Star Trek or Firefly or Mass Effect, or any of the above combination you will love this book. If found-family, exploring the human condition, badass women, POC, unique alien species, and extraordinarly written ensemble casts are your thing, then you will love this book. Am I getting through yet? YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK. Buy the book, thank me later.
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This was an interesting novel, sometimes sinking into pure space opera, sometimes surprising with characterisation. In that dichotomy, it sometimes failed to surface. Pure space opera, with goodies and baddies, big guns and small members is all pretty passé. Strong women characters are always appreciated, maybe not in the same space. But the women are good, so if you like resilient women, then this just may be for you.
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I have never been a reader of Sci-Fi and only read this on the recommendation of someone whose reading knowledge I find of interest.
Any book that leaves me wanting more as I come to the last page is one I think deserves 4 stars. A really good read and I trust it won't be Becky Chambers last on the crew of the Wayfarer - all of whom deserve further exploration of their characters, so bring on the next book.
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By Brian TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 March 2015
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A real character driven story that holds your interest from front to cover. I would certainly buy a sequel.
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A really, really enjoyable book. I read a lot of Sci fi and SFF, and I'm a fan of Kim Stanley Robinson in particular. I'd not heard of the author before reading this book and now will buy anything she ever decides to write. I think if you don't enjoy this book then you have terrible taste in everything. I think there is a lot here to like :)
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