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Book #4 of 2018: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

One of the reviews of this book said something like "This will make people on Tumblr happy", and that is very true. Everything in this story was Kumbaya. Every sexuality was okay. Nontraditional pronouns (xir, xer, etc) were 100% A-OK. Even just the thought of owning a gun shocked people. I'm not saying that those are bad things, but it just made everything seem less realistic, more, as the other reviewer said, a book written for the typical Tumblr person.

Not much happened in this long book, and that too was okay. The story was mostly just about interesting characters interacting with each other. Only the last 10% of the book had much plot, and honestly I could have done without that.

The main character, Rosemary, is new to space travel, but she joins the crew of a tunneling ship (tunneling through space/time to make wormholes for travel). Through her we meet and get to know the whole crew. Most of the book is just about them getting to know each other, talking with each other, and rare shopping trips. It may sound boring, but it really wasn't. It was quite nice and I mostly enjoyed reading it.

I see there are two more books out in this series, but I doubt I'll pick them up anytime soon. Too many other books to read, and while this first book was nice, it didn't drive me to want more. (Based on reviews of the three books, I appear to be in the minority opinion on that.)

Currently reading: The Wolves of Winter, which is really, really good. Post-apocalyptic (which I don't seem to read too much of anymore), but the main character's voice is great and I love the book so far.
Tags: 2019 books, angry planet, book review, book: the long way to a small
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