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The Long Way Home

(Sequoyah #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Webspace pilot Moire Cameron is one of the best--but even she can’t fly her way out of a catastrophic drive failure that triggers a time-dilation bubble. Left suddenly eighty years out of date, she is on the run in a world she no longer knows, caught in the middle of a human-alien war while agents of Toren hunt her for the information only she has--the location of the pris ...more
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Worlds Away Press
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Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
The Long Way Home is the first book I have read by Sabrina Chase, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It provides a rollicking good story with a nice mix of mystery, action, and suspense. It is a good example of what is being called human-wave science fiction. (Human-wave stories are not like the recently fashionable dystopian tales. They are often more space operatic, and, I would say, are restoring the sense of wonder to SF.)
The book ends on a hopeful note, but with a lot of mysteries unsolved. That
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, a great first novel. Wonderful pacing and characters, good hard sci-fi world building, just enough complexity in plotting to be compelling.

Be warned, this book is really the "first half" of at least two books in the series.

Very good stuff here!

And, WOW, Kudos for self-publishing! WELL DONE!
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 really, rounded up for having a whole bunch of strong female characters, living in a world with zero apparent sexism. Nobody underestimates anyone because they are female, nobody uses sexual wiles to get their way, and all professionals (officers, mercenaries, criminals, pilots, etc) are as likely to be female as male. Bechtel test blown away. And all without any author preaching or even calling-your-attention-to-it. The universe just is not sexist. Happy dance.

If you just switched character
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I quite like people out-of-their-time stories, and this was an enjoyable one. I read so many super-competent male protagonists (and I love it) but it was so fun to read about a female one. This had good pace, definitely didn't drag at all. Also appreciated that the characters are smart enough to figure things out, rather than wandering around unrealistically clueless until the end of the book. I'm looking forward to the next to see what happens. ...more
When I finished this book, I screamed- OUT LOUD. This is why I have this shelved under "wtf-ending". My husband looked over and said "books are supposed to be private ok?" because I was apoplectic. This was last night.
So! The thing is, I love this book. The bad thing is- the ending is just a punch in the gut in that while it isn't technically a cliff hangar it just ..ends like having a movie end in the middle! Oh wait, it is like having a book end..before it is supposed to be ending.
I still lov
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
The scope of this book is magnificent. From the frontlines of a war in space to the backwater planets on the Fringe, this book has a little bit of everything.

Mercenaries, Fleet military, pirates, and pioneers. The cast of characters are vast, varied and colorful. The landscape is just as rich. From planetside to ship life, you get a taste of everything. All without missing a beat.

The character development is phenomenal. Moire is vulnerable in her pain at being stranded 80 years from her time. Ye
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good! I liked Moira! I hope she fulfills her mission!
Sometimes my subscription to Bookbub really, really pays off.

The Long Way Home is a fantastic SF/Space Opera adventure tale. Chase takes the concept of "in medias res" and RUNS with it -- the preview on Amazon dropped me right into the middle of a battle, and dropped just enough hints about protagonist Moire Cameron's mysterious secret to reel me in. By the time I reached the end of the sample chapters, I was thoroughly invested.

It doesn't end there. Chase is completely unafraid to skip big chun
Laz the Sailor
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
A very strong 4-stars. This was an interesting variant on the "wise old pilot from the past" scifi story. The characters and the story structure were both very solid. Few data-dumps, so the galaxy-building was learn as you go, which was also well done.

I'll read the next one, and I anticipate that it will be even better.
Teresa Carrigan
Excellent science fiction. Good characterizations for the most part too - I really cared about some of the characters. First in a (trilogy? series?). I'll be looking for the sequels. ...more
Amy Aelleah
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as ugh
DNF - PG 19


Because I had no business reading it in the first place. I mean, this is the kind of book I'd usually just ignore - but for some reason some time back, I bought it. If I buy the book, I always at least try to read it. I mean, I spent money on it, so I should at least give it a shot. If I hadn't, I'd still have this book sitting on my kindle five years from now always wondering what caused me to buy it. (I really don't know.) Anyway, the book is, quite simply, not for me. (The writ
Janine Southard
What a great piece of space opera. I finished it and immediately rushed to buy the second book (of three).

It's got a lot of the elements I personally find fun in space opera stories:
1) Our hero is a pilot. In fact, she used to be a crazy test pilot, so she can fly just about anything (because she has no fear and is also TRAINED).
2) There are spaceships.
3) There's a war on with aliens.
4) No one actually cares about the war with the aliens because there's inter-human backbiting/politicking. You al
Cedar Sanderson
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Long Way Home begins with perhaps one of the best examples of ‘in media res’ that I have read recently. The story which came before is revealed slowly, by the reluctant hero who wanted only to die… and instead saves the day. Moire, our heroine, goes on to think she only lives because she fears pain. But she rediscovers herself when she becomes responsible for others, and must care for them. Her life becomes a thing worth having when it means she protects others.

If you read my reviews, you kn
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this new space opera and am looking forward to continuing reading about Moire.

This book makes use of the big threads for space-opera and does so pretty well. We have a war pitting humans against alien adversaries. We have large space corporations warring against humanity itself. We have hot-shot pilots that save space battles and humanity desperate to save itself. In fact there really isn't much in the series that is new or unique it just takes the common space-opera themes and weaves fo
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Sometimes I forget how much I like science fiction, It is usually more tiring to read than the ya pnr trash I stumble on the free kindle books, and it does take some attention to read it.

This book is a great epic saga and I loved it and all the rest of the serie. Great characters, great plot, great world building, careful and well planned storyline and it is also really well written. Oh did I mention that it is also a page turner that keeps you up in the middle of the night to go on and on read
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
I'm so glad I found this book! This is just the kind of space opera I want to read: plenty of action with characters I enjoy spending time with. I highly recommend this to any one who likes sci-fi. In some ways it reminds me of Battlestar Galactica (space opera, depth of characters) and also the Steerwoman's Road (spirit of exploration, temperament of the main character). ...more
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent sci-fi from Chase. I've gone on a glom for this author and plan to keep reading till I've finished her back list (and since I have 800 unread books on my nook that should tell you how good she is!) ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the other two in the series. I like the characters and the fact that you aren't given too much at once really keeps you reading to find out all the secrets. ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Worth reading!

it took a while for this book to get my full attention but once the story started unfolding, the characters developed into those you want to follow. Very unique storylines. Looking forward to the next book.
Douglas Cook
This book has all the cool things that I like to read. It has suspense. It moves quickly. It has a great plot. Characters are interesting. The plot is based on the good old oddities of space travel. I must read the next book....
Oct 15, 2013 added it
The story took a hundred pages or so to get going, but after the main character developed for a while I finished it eagerly.
Steven Allen
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good first book by this author. I like humanist SciFi and this book certainly fits that description.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. Excellent pacing and suspense. Engaging characters. Rarely do I read a book all in one go, even more rarely I want to go straight on to the next book. Both are the case this time.
Barbara Dunbar
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A mutiny and running and hiding. The heroine kept my interest with her moral compass and ability to inspire loyalty.
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Love it! Great space adventure.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Sooo close...... to being a very good book. As it was, I found it to be merely average to good 3.5 stars

The story and writing is decent enough and you'll be interested throughout. As stated in the author's write-up, the book tells the story of a space pilot who through relativistic effects stemming from the destruction of her exploration ship winds up 80 years in the future. Interesting enough, but what makes it better is that she is the target of a nefarious corporation who wants her secret...t
S.J. Higbee
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a couple of science fiction books recently that have started in a fairly leisurely manner – this isn’t one of them. It hits the ground running and feeds information to the reader, who needs to catch up. I love it. It’s the reason why SFF is my go-to genre, no other fiction makes me think out of the box in quite the same way… Moire is scrambling to stay ahead of a ruthless corporation who want the information she has and isn’t fussy about how they’ll get it.

The worldbuilding is solidly
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
There are three major flaws with Sabrina Chase's 2012 novel "Sequoyah, Book 1: Long Way Home, The:" motivation, behavior and choices. But, before I get to those, I'll say that the story is pretty darn interesting and, technically, the writing is mostly fine. But, as for those issues, not knowing WHY the protagonist is doing what she's doing is the most frustrating. We have nothing but a vague idea of her primary motivation through 99% of the book. Following closely on the heels of motivation is ...more
Renata Riva
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Moire Cameron is a talented pilot with an unusual story. Displaced in time after her ship was destroyed, she is now pursued by the members of a corporation, Toren, who wants to capture her. She’s on the run, and she can’t trust anyone because Toren is too powerful and her story too unbelievable.

I really enjoyed this book. It has great characters and believable technology. Moire is initially involved with a military fleet fighting a mysterious alien species, but she then runs away to more remote
Kim Aippersbach
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just read this book from start to finish in essentially one sitting: could not put it down; resented having to go find food to eat. Moire is an utterly compelling main character, and Ennis was just as great. The world is a familiar space-opera setting but full of immersive detail. The pacing was relentless but not frenetic; the suspense is well-doled-out with both immediate danger and long-term mystery, not to mention how much I cared about the characters and their relationships.

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