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Winner of the Hugo Award! In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, bestselling Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk and Robot series, gives us hope for the future.
It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.
One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of what do people need?" is answered.
But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.
They're going to need to ask it a lot.
Becky Chambers's new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?
Learnary Review from Myriam: September, 2023
This book feels like a thoughtful walk through the forest where there are no sounds besides those of nature and no people to be seen. It follows a nonbinary tea monk on their travels to find what they are missing in their life and to try to take time away to be happier in their life. They meet a robot named Mosscap who wants to learn what humans need and they begin an interesting relationship where both individuals learn from each other and in the end support each other on their unique and connected journeys.
This book visits an utopian world but it is not without flaws, not everyone is happy all the time and it can still be hard to find out how to fix that. The setting rockets from feeling extremely familiar and soothing to strange and slightly uncomfortable, readers are able to consider what the future could look like in a way that does not disregard the problems of the world as it is now but also does not dwell on them as the only antagonizing force in the story.
I loved this book a lot and would recommend it to adults and youth alike. It is hopeful without being obnoxious. The characters are loveable and nuanced. The world is visual and swallows you right up. I read this book in an afternoon and I wish it lasted a lifetime.