Title: A Psalm for the Wild Built
Author: Becky Chambers
Series: Monk And Robot #1
Release Date: 13/7/21
I received a free eARC copy from Tor ,via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers’s delightful new Monk & 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?
A new Solarpunk series from Becky Chambers is a must read for me and I was super excited when the eARC for this new novella landed in my inbox. Becky Chambers has a way of writing Sci-fi that just transports you to a world of calm. This is an aftermath world but in such a different style that I have read before, we are not on the brink of war or revolution. Instead this book has a contentment to it, an ease that allows for more intimate questions to be asked. The Main character is very relatable about to turn 30 they are unsure of their own happiness, the place they have carved out in the world, they strive to change it but suffer from imposter syndrome.
Mosscap the Robot is my favourite type of character, inquisitive and sweet, caring and quick to share knowledge. It makes them the perfect foil for Dax as they try to find out what it is they want in life. This companionship also allows us to explore some absolutely gorgeous world building. From the cities to the wilderness there is so much detail in this world. The religions and histories all playing a part as the story moves forward. It really felt like a true escape.
Overall I really enjoyed this story and I can’t wait to see how the Monk and the Robot continue. Honestly, it is the perfect read for a much needed chillout evening with a cup of tea (and this book will make you yern for the perfect cup), it has that same soul soothing quality.
Rep: All central characters are non-binary. The monk is refered to as Sibling instead of Brother or Sister. The Robot, Mosscap, self identifies as an object and is therefore inherently genderless in English language.