Friday, August 12, 2016

Book: Becky Chambers' "A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet"

My fifth book book this year was Becky Chambers' "A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet".  This is another book one of a series - this one being the Wayfarer series.  I seem to be starting many series of books ... probably in an attempt to keep my reading queue full.

The book follows a young lady escaping the shadow of her criminal father by joining the crew of a long haul space tunneling ship.  The small ship with a crew of seven (humans and aliens) open new tunnels through space to make traveling between systems easier.

The book reads like several episodes of a television show.  Each chapter introduces another crew member, expanding on their history and personality, while, at the same time, filling in pieces of how the universe is put together.  Each chapter is nearly self contained like a Star Trek episode but there is an underlying thread throughout the book that keeps the story moving forward.

The climax of the book (the 'angry planet' of the title) is rather anticlimactic really.  It sort of feels like a midseason cliffhanger (without any real cliffhanger) of a TV show.

Did I like it?  Yes I did.  I'm not sure why though.  The overarching story was a bit weak but the individual stories are interesting and did a great job introducing the characters and the locations.  If you take the book for what it is, an introduction to a much larger story, then you will come away satisfied and ready for the next chapter.

I gave the book four stars on Goodreads.  Can't wait for the next book from Becky Chambers.

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