"A quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism."--The Guardian
"One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realized spacey SF novels I've read in ages."--James Smythe, author of The Echo and The Explorer
"Humane and alien, adventurous and thoughtful, vast in its imagination and wonderfully personal in the characters it builds. But above all else, it is joyously written and a joy to read."--Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
"Becky Chambers' debut is 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
"[A] wonderfully imaginative and quirky novel [...] It is hard to believe that this is Becky Chambers' first novel, as it is so well constructed, imaginative, and fluently written."--Strange Horizons
"There are so many amazing things about this book which I have tried to cover in my review, but to sum it up in one word I found this book to be: Perfect!"--Fantasy Book Review (Book of the Month; 10 out of 10)
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
'A quietly profound, humane tour de force' Guardian
The beloved debut novel that will restore your faith in humanity
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The ship, which has 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 on board 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 on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.
PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS
'Never less than deeply involving' DAILY MAIL
'Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination' iBOOKS
'So much fun to read' HEAT
'Chambers is simply an exceptional talent, quietly and beautifully redefining the space opera' TOR.COM
'The most fun that I've had with a novel in a long, long time' iO9