Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

(Wayfarers #1)
07.05.2016 | Harper Voyager
Rating: 5/5 stars


Rosemary Harper was searching for a new beginning when she walked onto the Wayfarer. What she found was more than she ever expected among this motley crew. The diverse crew includes: Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain, just to name a few. Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and challenging. Tunneling wormholes is a lucrative profession for this crew, but their latest job will leave them wondering just how much danger they’re willing to put themselves in to make money.

I’ve heard of the Wayfarers series a handful of times over the last few years and while I’m always cautious about dipping my toe into science fiction, let me tell you this one is everything everyone is raving about! If you love shows like Firefly, The Expanse, and Dark Matter, then you need to pick this book up ASAP!


Space is something that constantly fascinates me, but I tend to stick more to television when it comes to getting my fix. THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET was so fluid and addictive that I felt like I was watching a show while reading it. The characters are top notch in not only the diversity of species and experience, but in their vivid personalities as well. Even the most unlikeable characters find a way to challenge you and make you connect with them.

The story is broken down across a long time period, but Chambers makes it flow effortlessly as she structures each chapter as a day or series of days from that period, rather than dragging anything out. This allows the reader to experience all the best parts without any mundane moments. 

THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET may be an absolute badass story about tunneling wormholes through space, but it’s also about family, joy, and finding your place in the solar system. I can’t wait to pick up book two soon and get back to the Wayfarer crew!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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