The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a fun, breezy book that feels like an eccentric Star Trek episode. The characters are bright and quirky, so if you’re in the mood for a story about goofy people getting along in a sci-fi setting, you should pick this up.
A ragtag crew in a rickety spaceship are tasked with creating a wormhole near a planet populated by an exceptionally warlike race. Most of the story is the adventures the crew has as they travel to the planet (hence the book’s title).
There are some issues that keep me from giving The Long Way a full-throated recommendation. Several of the chapters feel unnecessary, and the book’s ending was a little lackluster. Few of the aliens in the book feel actually alien, but rather like humans in costumes. This was so off-putting that I stopping reading the book a couple times before picking it up again. If you’re in the mood for hard SF, this is not your jam.
Recommendation: If you’re in the mood for lighter SF fare, check it out.