Fun and fleshed-out space odyssey is weighed down by
exposition–but worth it.
Admittedly, I don’t think this book is perfect, but it has won me over. Becky Chambers’s TheLong Way to a Small, Angry Planet is bulked up with (great) worldbuilding, but the plot seems atrophied in
comparison. It helped me to think of it along the lines of TV show where each
small installment of the overarching story is used to unearth the intricate
universe. The end was every bit as enthralling as a TV finale.
While the tone is mostly lighthearted, be warned: the end’ll
jerk your heart around.