The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1)
by Becky Chambers (2014)
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war…..
Read for the Sword and Laser May selection.
I only finished this because it’s a S&L selection. Otherwise I would have stopped about 1/3 way through. It’s well written, and sets up an interesting universe. Then… nothing much happens. There are a number of episodes that involve members of the crew. But there is no accumulation to an interesting ending. It just stops.
I’m not the only one who found this very average: