The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

the most hopeful, charming and cosy novel to curl up with

Becky Chambers author


Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton

Published:31st Dec '15


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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet cover


'A quietly profound, humane tour de force' Guardian

The beloved debut novel that will restore your faith in humanity


When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has 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.


'Never less than deeply involving'

'Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination' iBOOKS

'So much fun to read' HEAT

'Chambers is simply an exceptional talent, quietly and beautifully redefining the space opera' TOR.COM

'The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time' iO9

An action-adventure space opera . . . It is a quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism * Guardian *
A real treat to read . . . Easily the most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time. This is space opera that's not to be missed * io9 *
A joyous, optimistic space opera . . . A heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general) * *
One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages. * James Smythe, author of The Echo *
By far the best sci-fi I've read in a long time: something genuinely different, inclusive and compassionate * Joanne Harris, author of The Gospel of Loki *
One of the most delightful novels science-fiction that I've read in recent years * Citior SF *
A huge amount of space-opera-y fun, with some interestingly nuanced perspectives on gender woven into the whole
The Long Way is, very simply, an extremely good book, a seemingly effortless demonstration of how progressive and enjoyable science fiction can be * Pornokitsch *
Becky Chambers writes aliens like no one else ... the only flaw in this series is you'll wish you could spend more time with all of them * NPR 50 Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Books of the Past Decade *

  • Short-listed for The Kitschies Golden Tentacle 2014 (UK)

ISBN: 9781473619814

Dimensions: 196mm x 128mm x 32mm

Weight: 300g

432 pages