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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot Book 1) Kindle Edition
A USA Today Bestseller!
“A Psalm for the Wild-Built begins a series that looks optimistic and hopeful, pursuing stories that arise from abundance instead of scarcity, kindness instead of cruelty, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.” ―NPR
“The gentle touch with which Chambers handles her material makes the book's loftiest philosophical aims feel grounded. With a pervading sense of optimism and warmth, A Psalm for the Wild-Built inaugurates an exciting series from one of science fiction's brightest stars.” ―Shelf Awareness starred review
“Hugo Award–winning author Becky Chambers begins a new series with this delightful and quietly philosophical novella that presents a hopeful glimpse into a future where humanity actually does the right thing.” ―Buzzfeed
“Chambers’ writing is always tender and healing, but this book has something else braided into it ― something more... This is a book that, for one night, made me stop asking ‘what am I even for?’ I’m prescribing a preorder to anyone who has ever felt lost. Stunning, kind, necessary.” ―Sarah Gailey
"This was an optimistic vision of a lush, beautiful world that came back from the brink of disaster. Exploring it with the two main characters was a fun and fascinating experience.” ―Martha Wells
"I'm the world's biggest fan of odd couple buddy road trips in science fiction, and this odd couple buddy road trip is a delight: funny, thoughtful, touching, sweet, and one of the most humane books I've read in a long time. We could all use a read like this right now." ―Sarah Pinsker
"I read this book in one sitting when I was having a really wretched day, and it helped. It felt like a warm cup of tea made by someone who loves me. It's a soft hug of a book, and it says 'It's okay if you're not okay right now.' It made me cry the good sort of tears―the sort when someone is unexpectedly kind to you at the moment you need it most." ―Alexandra Rowland
"A joyful experience and, as with all of Chambers’s books, I was left with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside." ―New Scientist
“The first book in Chambers’ new series feels like a moment to breathe, a novel that exists to give readers a place to rest and think… Recommended for fans of Chambers’ Wayfarers series and The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.” ―Booklist Starred Review
"Written with all of Chambers’ characteristic nuance and careful thought, this is a cozy, wholesome meditation on the nature of consciousness and its place in the natural world. Fans of gentle, smart, and hopeful science fiction will delight in this promising series starter." ―Publishers Weekly
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.
- ASIN : B08H831J18
- Publisher : Tordotcom (July 13, 2021)
- Publication date : July 13, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5351 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 160 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I barreled through Year One of the pandemic on sheer momentum, but Year Two arrived to find me without anything left - least of all hope. My 50th birthday is in two weeks. I’ve been afraid of fiction since WANDERERS, afraid things billed as “hope-punk” would again lure me down a literary alley and terrorize me.
I’m glad I pushed past that fear and read this warm, truly-hopeful heart-hug of a novel. I myself have been feeling like despite everything I have achieved in my life, and I have achieved many weird and powerful things, I’m of no use to anyone and am without purpose. This was the right story at the right time for me, and maybe it is for you too.
Chambers paints a serene and beautiful picture of a society that is not so far out of reach as it may seem, and with that provides a road map to bringing that sense of open acceptance and interdependence into our own reality.
And who else besides a monk and a robot would be a better lens through which to examine our own humanity?
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I wish it had been a longer read. (This is not about value, but the desire for more of the story.)
On a completely different note the use of “they” to describe an individual when there are often multiple conscious entities present drove me mad.
I’m complete on board with the idea that gender is not required to describe a person, but “they” for me is plural in the English language and continually having to work out as I read whether there was one or multiple people present, did my head in.
I know it’s not the author’s fault that English has historically divided people into binary genders, but as a writer please find language that indicates single and multiple people as those constructs are fundamental to the English language.
This book was maybe more resounding message and a little less story than I would have liked but it was an ok read.
Also, I wouldn't have known without trying but I think we (English-speaking humanity) need to rethink use of the 'they' pronoun. Or maybe it will just shake out in the next generation by itself, hard to say.
The problems with it for me were firstly that it got slightly confusing used often and as a singular pronoun. Secondly, and this probably also caused the firstly, my automatic recognition of the printed 'they' in certain contexts took it as a plural.
It might just be that the next generation will make a new configuration for the word when they learn to read unconsciously and it'll be fine. But for me, the newer usage took away from the read.
All in all, a passingly captivating plot, a fair enough message and an all right read.