Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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?
About: A Psalm for the Wild-Built is an adult science fiction fantasy written by Becky Chambers. It will be published on 7/13/2021 by Tordotcom, an imprint of Tor/Forge and Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 160 pages. The genres are adult science fiction fantasy, and LGBT. This is book 1 from a series called A Monk and Robot Book. According to the publisher’s website, “Tor.com is an online magazine and community site that covers science fiction, fantasy, and all the many related subjects that interest us as readers.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading A Psalm for the Wild-Built on 3/8/2021 and finished it on 3/23/2021. This book was a fantastic read! The somewhat prologue was confusing for me and I almost dread reading the book until I started chapter 1 and liked Dex a lot! I loved following Dex’s view and seeing them stumbled through their first day on the tea service. (The use of they/them/their for Dex immediately made sense to me because I just learned about Gender Non-Binary from my last read, The Love Square). This story definitely reeled me in, as soon as I read the first person who came with a problem and how Dex handled the situation. I normally don’t like swearing in my reading but Dex swore at all the right places and each time it sparked a smile from me like the tree blocking the road. The tea service idea was neat. The humor was great!
This book started with an article from Brother Gil about where the robots wanted to go after creation at factory. Then the story began with Sibling Dex aka Dex, 29, monk who reside at monastery, (goes by they/them/their) told in the third person point of view. They wanted to change their vocation, to be out of the city and live near the wilderness so that they can hear the sounds of insects. They decided to transfer to the village to do tea service, a wagon service where people come with problems and leave with a cup of tea. An adventure awaits as he explored his new vocation. Time flew by and they got older and wiser. One day, Dex decided to travel to an unknown place and there he met an unexpected Mosscap.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built was very well written and a fast paced read! Dex’s first encounter with the robot, Mosscap was so funny! I enjoyed Dex’s and Mosscap’s small talks during their travel. I loved reading this book and it could be read under 2 days but I wanted to drag it out to enjoy it slowly. It’s fun reading the parts where robot Mosscap’s curiosity with human foods when Dex cooks. I like the meaningful discussion about life’s purpose near the end. I thought about doing something different too, but reading and reviewing books is definitely different from my vocation so I’m happy. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: fast paced, page turner, tea service, humor, life’s purpose, hiking, wildlife
About the Author:
Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women’s Prize for Fiction, among others.
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. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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