Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet By Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet By Becky Chambers
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: July, 29th, 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Rachel Dulude
Source: Audible
My Rating: 

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Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy - exactly what Rosemary wants. It's also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn't part of the plan.

In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary's got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs - an experience that teaches her about love and trust and that having a family isn't necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

This is one of those books that EVERYONE told me to read, and I was just like, "yeah, yeah, yeah, I'll get to it eventually." It's also one of those books that after reading it, I said to myself, "Why, did you wait so long???" I am my own worst enemy when it comes to books sometimes. 

A lot of the reviews for this book mentioned that it has a very Firefly feel to it, and it's why a lot of people liked it. I get that, but since there are zero alien species in Firefly, it feels more like Farscape to me. It's a Space Opera that focuses on how this ship, The Wayfarer, brings this diverse group of people together to make them a family. I just love that about this book. I also just love the concept of being a space nomad, and not really having a home to call your own except for your ship and the rest of the crew.

I got this one on Audible, but I noticed that there are actually two audiobook versions of this book. I listened to the one narrated by Rachel Dulude. At first I wasn't entirely sure about her narration. At times it seems like she reads the actual narration a little bored and monotone, but the voices she does for all the different characters totally makes up for it! I think in the beginning of the book she was trying to find her footing, and as the book went on I ended up really enjoying this one! Her voice for Dr. Chef is definitely one of the ones that kept me around for sure.

So, I have to admit that this book doesn't feel like there is much of a plot. I mean there is, but it seems like the plot of the novel takes a backseat to the characters and their different relationships. This is a very character-driven novel. Normally I take issue with those type of novels, but I found all these characters so interesting that it didn't really bother me. I'm not trying to say there isn't a plot, it just seems like the interpersonal bonds between the crew of The Wayfarer are more important. If you don't like these characters --which is hard to believe--this novel might not be for you. I still found the plot of punching holes through space to be interesting even if I don't really understand it.

The world-building of this Spacer society is what I think really sticks with me. Chambers does a really great job of explaining why the heck Humans exist in this society. I also love how she paints a picture of the different species that exist in this society. I so am begging for a graphic novel adaption so I can get a good visual of Dr. Chef, Sissix and Pei. I have a good idea in my head, which I think is a big testament to Chambers' writing, but I need to see ALL the art.

When I started this book, I thought, "Oh no, is Rosemary going to end up with The Captain? That would be so typical." BUT!!! It never happens, and I was really glad about that. Because that would be TOO obvious, and too heteronormative and I like to read books that go in a different direction.

I LOVED this book, and I really wasn't expecting to. When books are hyped so much by the time I read them I usually just don't love them as much as everyone else. This book is definitely an exception, because it totally lives up to the hype. I can't wait to read the next one!

Do you love this book? What do you think about it? Whose your favorite character?

Happy Reads Everyone!