Book review – The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

5/5

CW: murder, death, loss of a loved one, PTSD depiction, grief depiction, blood depiction, and general war themes

Y’all, I loved this book.

It was fantastic.

Which means that I’m not really going to summarize it perfectly or go over all the characters or the plots or whatever. It’s about my feelings of it.

And, I loved it.

Every single character was fantastic. Seriously. I loved all the characters and how, in a way, this book is a series of character vignettes that are tied together on this journey to, well, a small and angry planet.

I loved that because each chapter built upon characters and the ties they have together. I got so attached to them for that reason, which was great. Especially since the whole “alien” thing is usually a hangup for me.

Deep down, I love sci-fi, but I’ve always watched or read it from a human (or human-like) narrator. Take Doctor Who. The Doctor is an alien, however, they look human. Their companions are humans. It’s a very human show in that way. But this book takes it and the characters are a mixed bunch. Some are very alien. I don’t usually read that, but this is one of those times where I felt that sci-fi was doing it right. Everyone was a blend of human and alien, and pointing out the weirdness/alienness of every single culture. It’s more that we’re in the culture so it’s not weird or alien to us.

I also just loved how many LGBTQ+ themes there were in it without it feeling like an LGBTQ+ novel. Polyamory was in it, but it’d never be labeled as that in their culture. Lesbian relationship, but it wasn’t exactly as we’d expect it to be. A character uses they/them/their pronouns, but it’s not because they’re genderfluid or genderqueer. There’s also xe/xem/xyr (please correct me if I put this wrong!) pronouns used to be inclusive of all the alien races that are out there in the universe.

In other words, this is one of those books I’m going to highly recommend to everyone and as a great intro to the sci-fi genre.


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