The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet has appeared on many ‘best of 2015′ lists, and its’ recent publication in paperback caused quite a ripple in the twitterverse. Together these two things would generally put me off reading it for a while, but for some reason it was calling to me – it could well have been the very pretty cover – and I’m very glad it was!
As a rule, I’m not a keen fan of aliens in books. Or films. I’m not sure why this is. Sometimes it just feels lazy – you know, “oh, it was the aliens’ fault”. Whatever. Too often, books about life after Earth implodes are so full of doom, gloom and misery … but not this one! The world Becky Chambers creates within the covers of this book is bloody awesome! So much fun and adventure. So many diverse and interesting characters with such different cultures, sexualities and ideas. If the whole world read this book and took heed of the messages within, us humans might have some hope of getting along with each other better.
On the surface, this is a light, fun, fast paced read, but scratch a little deeper and there are so many wonderful themes about love and respect. This book should be compulsory reading for every living being – human or alien! A fabulous 5 stars, and I can’t wait for the sequel which I believe is coming in October 2016!