This is book number 1 in the Wayfarers series.
I first read this book last summer while I was going through a really rough time. I was stressed and overworked and the ripples of the election were really sinking in. I mostly bought it because of the shelf talker, which had something to do with found family in space and diverse characters.
I was totally not prepared for how much I would love this book.
It’s a true ensemble cast of wonderful characters, both human and not, who become a loving, ridiculous family despite being different alien species and from different groups of humanity. Whenever someone comes into BSC looking for science fiction, I immediately steer them towards Becky Chambers. I’ve even sent it off to someone during an instagram book exchange!
The crew of the Wayfarer reminded me of how beautiful sci-fi can be- I cried at least a few times while reading, and have cried over all of the Wayfarer books. TLWTASAP and the other books in the Wayfarer series are perfect for fans of Firefly, Star Wars, or any other group of scrappy misfits looking out at the emptiness of space and seeing a great adventure.— J.G.
SPACE ROAD TRIP with a found family.— Karena
The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, Hugo Award winner for Best Series!
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. Her most recent work is To Be Taught, If Fortunate, a standalone novella.
Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope. Having hopped around the world a bit, she’s now back in her home state, where she lives with her wife. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.