There’s no two ways around it: Becky Chamber’s debut novel, The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet is probably the most fun that you’ll have with a space opera novel this year. It’s exciting, adventurous, and the cozy sort of space opera that seems to be in short supply lately.
The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet has an interesting history behind it: Chambers recounts the story in the acknowledgements, noting that she was mostly through a draft of the book when her freelance work dried up. Instead of shelving the book for later, she turned to Kickstarter, and successfully put the novel together and began to sell it. It made its way to Hodder & Stoughton and Harper Voyager after it picked up a Kitchie nomination for Best Debut Novel and a level of critical acclaim that’s usually reserved for seasoned authors. It’s as though Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy had one hyperactive and excited baby.