Cover of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

author: Becky Chambers (2015)
date read: 22 January 2017
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend, but otherwise I knew nothing about it. Turns out that’s a really good way to read it.

I really enjoyed this book. I’d absolutely recommend it, doubly so if you can go in knowing nothing.

It has thoughtful, well-crafted aliens; a nuanced treatment of gender, pronouns and prejudice; and a crew who are likeable but not perfect. What was great was that I had no idea what was coming – in many ways, the book is like a breath of fresh air in a genre that’s still depressingly male and human-centric. I think this one will stick with me for a while.

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Read on Jenn’s advice:

https://twitter.com/shehulking/status/763774723922812928 (“If you like spaceships, found families, intelligently and thoughtfully created aliens, and characters who cry and hug each other a lot, then you need to read The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet. THAT’S ALL OF YOU, BTW.”)

https://twitter.com/shehulking/status/796420410749358081 (“I’ve been trying to think of a good escapist novel for those who could do with one right now. Anyway, y’all already know I’m going to say The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet.”)

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