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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Compact Disc)
The first book in Becky Chambers's Wayfarers series is a delightful space opera with a charming cast of characters. The author's ability to place readers in an unfamiliar world and make them feel welcome there is unmatched, as is her ability to make the vastness of the universe feel intimate. I was particularly interested in the queer romance, of course, but I came to love every crew member on the Wayfarer as I read this book. I laughed and I cried, and I would recommend this book even to sci-fi skeptics, especially if they haven't seen themselves represented in genre fiction.
— Chloe K.
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, 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.