THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET BY BECKY CHAMBERS – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Rating: 5/5 stars (more if possible)

Okay, it’s been a good few days since I finished reading this book and honestly I needed that time to organize my thoughts on it because when I closed it my mind was a mess of emotions and overwhelming adoration for this incredible story.

If you have not heard of this book before then here is this synopsis:

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.
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Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

I think we can all agree that the synopsis is enough to make you wanna start it right away. But, I feel like I should make a point that this probably isn’t the best choice if you’re looking for something action packed and filled with plot twists and adventure. It is, however, perfect if you’re more in to character based stories because it has such a wonderful, entertaining, AND DIVERSE, cast of characters. Not to mention INCREDIBLE world building, I mean Becky Chambers puts so much detail in to explaining every species and every planet that I am constantly in awe of her imagination. It also takes quite a while to get through, at least it did for me. Not that I have anything to complain about, I loved every bit of it.

The plot is kind of stagnant for most of the book, but then there’s like these occasional bursts of WHOA WHAT which was always fun. And although the characters are diverse in species, I love that it’s basically showing us characters from different backgrounds and cultures and sexual orientations forming close relationships without prejudice. It’s honestly just amazing.

Not to mention the fact that the characters are so well focused on that it’s really easy to get attached to them. There’s parts that make you laugh and parts that make you sad, in the way that they would if these characters were your friends. And honestly, having finished this book, I feel like the crew of the Wayfarer are my friends.

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