Book review: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

Book cover - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky ChambersGiven how out of control my reading list is (200 books and climbing), it can be a while before I get to one I’ve added. Such was the case with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. The book made the Gizmodo Best of 2015 list, that was published in December of 2015. I added it then, so it took a couple of years to get around to reading it. Given the length of time some books languish on my reading list, that wasn’t all that bad. In fact, there’s books that have been on my reading list for over 5 years. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever make it around to cracking those open.

In any case, I found the book to be a fun read. While it got kudos for being a science fiction book, I would say that it is more of a character development book that is set is space. Or, as some people like to call them, it’s a “space opera.” There wasn’t much hard science fiction in the book, which I like most, and there wasn’t a ton of action. What I’m trying to say is that the book can be a bit slow at times, but it’s all part of building up the stories behind the characters. And the stories that are built behind the characters are well written and well done.

While I wouldn’t consider the book for my Must Read list, I would say that it is worthy of my Fun Reads category. It’s a great book to pick up if you’re looking for some light, leisure reading. It’s not going to challenge you, it’s not going to stretch your imagination, but it is going to entertain you, which is never a bad thing.