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

South Dublin Reads

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is Becky Chambers’ debut novel.  It’s getting great reviews online and, as I don’t read much science fiction, I really wanted to try it.  At the beginning, we meet Rosemary who, it transpires, has changed her identity for reasons unknown and is starting a new job as a clerk on a drilling ship, The Wayfarer.  OK, I thought to myself, we will now spend the rest of the book watching Rosemary frantically try to protect her new identity so whatever terrible secret she’s hiding isn’t revealed in the ensuing space adventures.  Well, I was wrong – instead we get a more measured, character-driven piece with much less emphasis on action than I was expecting.

There is an intriguing cast of characters from many alien races, all of whom have become a family on The Wayfarer.  At the helm is Captain Ashby who…

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