The main action of Becky Chambers’ debut novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, takes place among a disparate crew of wormhole builders as they travel the galaxy creating intergalactic superhighways and it is quite unlike any other Science Fiction book I have read in the past.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is an unusual space opera in that its main focus is on the interplay between species and culture rather than being driven by action. Because of Chambers’ more anthropological approach to the genre daily life on the Wayfarer plays out like the most wonderful kind of social experiment. Through the eyes of Rosemary, a new addition to the crew, we are led to challenge our ideas about gender, sexuality, monogamy and the meaning of family.
Chamber’s novel is a celebration of diversity and tolerance without ever feeling preachy. A wonderful read that has deservedly been longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.