My initial impression as I started reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, was that it was a cross between Firefly and Farscape. That was mostly correct. Wayfarers #1 is the story of a girl who needs to get away and leave her past behind, what better place than open space? She is assigned to the Wayfarer ship and is mingling for the first time with other species, and quickly learns that reality is different than what she learned in college when it comes to dealing with alien species.
Chambers has created a full world, with the backstory of humans leaving Earth and setting out for space and other planets dishearteningly believable. The alien species we meet are much more Farscape than Star Trek, more varied than human-like.
The book was hard to put down and I had a couple of late nights trying to find out what would happen next. I do not read a lot of space sci-fi, but this book was very appealing to me.
Word of warning: if you are not a fan of same-sex pairings and discussion of fluid genders, this may not be the book for you. To me, they felt natural. The book deals with species other than our own and life outside of our planet. We know the diversity of humans, and it is not surprising that alien life would be just as diverse if not more so. I would just hate to see negative reviews because someone went into this book without knowing that it dealt (very well, I might add) with those topics. Personally, that is part of what I love about reading. It puts you inside of other people's lives that you would otherwise never experience.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of the aforementioned Firefly or Farscape, or fans of the space genre in general, and fans of just fun adventures with good characters.
I'm giving The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 5 Stars.