The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet : Wayfarers

  • by Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by Patricia Rodriguez
  • Series: Wayfarers
  • 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2016.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016.
Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut!
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's 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 onboard 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 onboard with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.


What the Critics Say

"A joyous, optimistic space opera.... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is 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)


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Customer Reviews

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I'm a great fan of Firefly and heard that this novel contained some of that humour and energy, and to a certain extent it does.

But I found it lacking in actual plot. It raced along, ticking hundreds of PC boxes on the way, overt nods to inclusion, gender politics, all well and good, but, I felt anyway, it was at the expense of a compelling story.

It was entertaining and I would recommend a listen, but it wasn't quite the space opera I had been led to believe.

This reads like a first novel and I hope the next in the series builds on the promise of the first.

I would certainly recommend it, maybe my expectations were too high.
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- Jenny

for young adults

Any additional comments?

This book is warm, earnest and full of wise moral advice. Its a book for young people or people young at heart. All about how externals are not important only what you feel on the inside. Its a lovely story, (I am a huge Firefly fan) and sometimes I wanted to join the crew but being 56 I would get bored with all the dope smoking and tattooing and hair braiding. Its about finding yourself. I am over half way through and think I might need to skip some bits as its wandering all over the place. Its more of a social documentary than a story. Nobody seems to go to the toilet, (the Star trek problem), they all eat bugs and drink coffee and tea. I keep expecting Louis Theroux to pop in to see how its going. I hope the next novel has more bones inside the meat.

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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-08-2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton