Book Review: The Long Way To a Small Angry Planet

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet cover

As she woke in the pod, she remembered three things.

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am tempted to just take it with me everywhere, cuddling it and reading it again and again and again (and again). It’s not just that the world is fantastically realised, with politics and history and alien cultures that seem natural, or the friendly writing style or the explanations of physics involving porridge. It’s not just the fact that the whole thing is dated in Galactic Commons standard, or that thought has really gone into the detail of the turns of phrase used by spacefarers; all of these things are present, and done beautifully and with skill. What really makes it, is the fact that it’s about people. Just people. We’re so used to the ‘in space, no-one can hear you scream’ sort of story that it’s easy to forget that in these worlds that have been imagined, spacefaring is normal. Lots of people do it, and it doesn’t always end up with a monster chasing everyone about until the only survivors are an understandably frazzled woman and a cat.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is basically a story about a multispecies crew who are stuck together for a long period of time due to a job. Inevitably, they get to know each other. They make friends. They make enemies. They learn each others secrets’ and try to keep their own. They have misunderstandings, and they usually try to overcome them and they get things wrong, get things right, and occasionally punch holes in the fabric of space. It is fantastic.

I am not mentioning the plot, because I am trying to avoid spoilers. I’m not even mentioning the characters, because then I will accidentally give spoilers. GO AND READ THIS BOOK – it will make you cry and restore your faith in people. I’m off to re-read it. Again.

The sequel to this book is out this month!!!!!

Bonus: terrible, scribbly fanart of some of the characters.

Scribbly fanart

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nimue Brown
    Oct 06, 2016 @ 13:02:36

    Sounds like just my sort of thing.

    Reply

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