THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers

Here’s the plot, straight from the horse’s mouth:

“Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

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 who learned early to keep to herself, 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.”

Yea!  Road trip!  See, here’s the deal.  Rosemary comes from money.  Mars elite money.  Money from her dad having sold weapons of mass destruction to both sides in a space war.  He is finally taken down, tried and in prison, and Rosemary wants to escape the notoriety, so uses up just about all of her money to get a new identity, passport, documentation, and takes a job on the Wayfarer as clerk.

Which just shows you to always expect the unexpected.

Definitely a fun read, with delightful characters, some of which seem to blatantly represent some human types, but what I liked about the book was that there were a whole lot of species, and they didn’t all look like some version of humans.

I snagged the next in the series, A Closed and Common Orbit.  We’ll see how that compares with this first effort.

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