Ashby Santoso flies a ship through the universe with his crew, drilling holes in space to create wormhole passages between planets. When they're offered an exclusive contract on the far reaches of the Galactic Commons, the crew of the Wayfarer can't say no, even though the trip will be long and dangerous. During the long haul, the humans and aliens aboard the beat-up ship will encounter space pirates, intergalactic politics, and more than one kind of forbidden romance.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (2016) is the first book in the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers and is a must-read for fans of Firefly, Doctor Who, and Star Wars. You'll love this book if you enjoy space operas, slice of life narratives, multiple perspectives, found families, diverse casts, LGBTQIA representation, humorous adventures, or any combination of these.

When the last page is turned, you'll be heartbroken to leave the ragtag space travelers and even though you will leave the Wayfarer, you'll find comfort in knowing you can continue to explore their world in book two: A Closed and Common Orbit. Check back next month for the review of the sequel.