Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2016.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016.
Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut!
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.
But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life onboard is chaotic but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.
Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years...if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But Rosemary isn't the only person onboard with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
©2014 Becky Chambers (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
"A joyous, optimistic space opera.... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, Planet is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general)." (Tor.com)
"One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages." (James Smythe, author of The Echo)
This book drew me in with its tagline of Mass Effect meets serenity. And it certainly delivers that. Unfortunately its the interesting in context by boring by themselves, living on a ship parts of those two franchises. Imagine Mass Effect without the reapers or Serenity without anything even slightly dangerous or exciting happening. Ok ok i really did enjoy most of this book, the writing was solid, the characters were interesting and relatable and the world building was creative and pretty innovative. Little details like the fact that everyone doesn't speak english but "clip" because humans are a minor footnote in the galaxy. Or how most of the aliens were not the trek "humans painted blue or with forehead bumps" variety but living breathy distinct races.
i was drawn in i wanted to know more. But the whole book seemed to be constantly waiting for something to happen. Traditionally your ship adventure sees you introduce interesting characters then travel around having adventures and getting into trouble. In this i think they had one issue apart from the climax.
The climax to was dissapointing, it was basically the most exciting part of the book and it was very tense with real danger. But the reason for it was filmsy and it was over in a chapter. I wanted more.
If this were the prologue to a much longer series i would be really happy and would happily listen to the next installments. But as a stand alone work is just kinda missing something. Solid start , add more danger and adventure please.
Believable, loveable characters. Storyline without holes. Great narrator. Awesome Sci-Fi. Even if you are not a huge Sci-Fi fan and just want to listen to a good story that makes you feel good, that is about friendship, love, family, values and what is important in life...this is the book for you. I'm sure I'll keep it in my library to listen to it again.
The book is excellent, wonderfully modern sci-fi set in an engaging and well-constructed new universe. The characters are memorable and lively.
The performance is also fantastic, and I will absolutely be seeking out more of Patricia Rodriguez's work. Her narration is excellent, and she does a great job making the character voices distinct and recognizable.
"A whole lot of nothing"
The story goes no where. It spends all the book developing characters that in the end I didn't care about....
"Best Sci Fi I have read in Ages"
This is everything I hope for in a sci fi book. Bizarrely I would call this a cross between Firefly, Mass Effect (as noted by the publishers) and Sophie's World. Big questions and speculative science interlaced with great characters and humour. I have read countless sci fi and this ranks in my Top Ten for characterisation and philosophy
That is really hard to decide - the whole novel is structured around getting pretty equal insights into each of the characters and you become attached to each in different ways. If pushed I would say 'Doctor- Chief'
She did an excellent job with all the different acents and candience. Moving easily between sexes, races and species.
Nothing particularly extreme but being along with The Wayfarer was just so much fun. The fate of The Navigator was especially touching.
Thank you so much to the people who crowd funded this novel - well worth it. This WON'T appeal to Hard Science fans (Peter Hamilton etc) but a safe fun bet for everyone else.
I'm a great fan of Firefly and heard that this novel contained some of that humour and energy, and to a certain extent it does.
But I found it lacking in actual plot. It raced along, ticking hundreds of PC boxes on the way, overt nods to inclusion, gender politics, all well and good, but, I felt anyway, it was at the expense of a compelling story.
It was entertaining and I would recommend a listen, but it wasn't quite the space opera I had been led to believe.
This reads like a first novel and I hope the next in the series builds on the promise of the first.
I would certainly recommend it, maybe my expectations were too high.
"for young adults"
This book is warm, earnest and full of wise moral advice. Its a book for young people or people young at heart. All about how externals are not important only what you feel on the inside. Its a lovely story, (I am a huge Firefly fan) and sometimes I wanted to join the crew but being 56 I would get bored with all the dope smoking and tattooing and hair braiding. Its about finding yourself. I am over half way through and think I might need to skip some bits as its wandering all over the place. Its more of a social documentary than a story. Nobody seems to go to the toilet, (the Star trek problem), they all eat bugs and drink coffee and tea. I keep expecting Louis Theroux to pop in to see how its going. I hope the next novel has more bones inside the meat.
"Ernest and joyful"
A young adult novel, full of good advice and admirable characters struggling to define themselves - a little prurient while managing to moralise, I approve, but there isn't much ambiguity here it's all a little easy, this prevents you from loving the characters the way you'd like to. It ends a little too abruptly also, there are good ideas that aren't fully developed. I bet it was as fun to write as it was to read. Wonderful narration.
I loved the book very well written and narrated. I was looking for something just like the firefly series and this is it.
"An epic space road trip, for firefly fans"
loved it. easy to pick up and follow, great characters and plot. can't wait for becky's next book.
"Lovely story, pleasantly different sci-fi"
A lovely well-imagined universe. It took me a while to get used to the narrator and she seems to stress the wrong part of some sentences (as if she was not reading ahead and planning when to take a breath).
The story is great and focuses much more on interpersonal relationships than most sci-fi. The cultures, both alien and human, are well developed and believable - I would love to see a sequel to explore some parts in more depth.
"Very engaging tale, well read."
Great story with likeable characters, enjoyable storyline and believable details. Nicely brought to life by the reader too.
"struggle to finish, too disjointed"
in the end I just wanted to get this book finished. there were some changes to standard things such as date format (a ten day instead of a week) that just distracted me from the story. also some weird grammar that just wasn't necessary.
narrator was fairly good, but could get on your nerves a bit... like one of the annoying things you find with siblings! just grates on you a bit.
as for the story. this book is a compilation of character descriptions and back story where past events are described which sound interesting but as you're not in the moment, not exciting enough. the main plot is thin, and actually only a sub plot in comparison to all the individual character stories that feel like the small stuff. in other words, it all feels like build up. after about 10 hours you realise that this is it.... there's no big storyline that is particularly gripping and what you get from the first couple of hours is about as good as it gets.
there appears to be some effort put in by the author to build the universe, but to me it was just that.... like an encyclopedia perhaps!
"I enjoyed this very much"
what a charming little book focusing mainly on the relationships between different alien species in a far reaching galaxy.
this book depicts a mish mash of unusual friends and builds great character / reader emotion.
You have the feel of Star Trek crossed with the Enid Blyton.
weird, but true. and a great read
A pleasant romp across the galaxy.
Likeable characters and a so so plot.
Narration was good, understandable at x2 playback speed.
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