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A Psalm for the Wild-Built

(Monk and Robot #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  41,629 ratings  ·  7,880 reviews
Centuries before, robots of Panga gained self-awareness, laid down their tools, wandered, en masse into the wilderness, never to be seen again. They faded into myth and urban legend.

Now the life of the tea monk who tells this story 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 pe
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published July 13th 2021 by Tordotcom
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2021-releases
Becky Chambers's writing feels like home to me.

Comforting and inclusive while making you rethink what you know through sci-fi.

The main character is non-binary and a monk so they were referred as "Sibling" (instead of "Brother" or "Sister") which was great.

If you're intrigue to read a "slice of life" with a monk and a robot trying to make sense of their lives... read this!

I already can't wait to read book 2!
If this is not your first Becky Chambers book, you know what to expect. Ever since her first novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet she’s been writing what I can only call “comfort science fiction/ cozypunk”, showing the worlds where you would really love to live, the worlds that learned from mistakes of the past and moved on in better directions, the worlds mostly inhabited by genuinely nice people, with everything having a feeling of an unironically happy hippie commune, complete with ear ...more
Sep 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2021
This is a wonderful little story about purpose, identity, nature, and productivity. It reads like a warm hug, same as all of Becky Chambers work. She provides hope in the bleak outlook that most SFF has and I appreciate her for that.
chai ♡
Love that the dedication reads: “For anybody who could use a break.” I’m definitely the target audience for this lol
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the perfect book for me to read at the moment. I try not to discuss myself much on this site, focusing on reviewing the work rather than telling you all my life story… but this is noteworthy as it may influence your decision on reading it. I've been struggling recently, I've been fighting with depression and overall just feel like an anxious mess. This book is without a doubt the single most relaxing read I've ever had. It's a book about a monk who serves tea, taking a trip just to hear ...more
“...it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live.”

this was just the perfect book for the exact right time that i needed to read it in my life. we all know books and words and stories have healing powers that are immeasurable, but this book truly feels like you're putting on a band-aid immediately. i am so eternally thankful for becky chambers writing it, and i know it is going to help and comfort so many readers
I want to live in Becky Chamber's world. I'm not dragging on them, really, I'm not. But the world in Psalm is genial, and comforting and almost--may the six gods forgive me--like a cup of tea.

Oh, yes, I said it. Tea. What is it with our modern sci-fi writers and tea? Do they not drink anything else? Has the nitro-infused craze escaped them? Are they unaware of the pleasant way melting ice shifts the composition of a drink? I appreciate, perhaps, that they wish to steer us away from both inhalant
Apr 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
It is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it.

In a hectic world crammed with expectations and people’s value being conflated with labor and profit, the old existential questions of purpose and meaning are never far from our minds. Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (the Wayfarers series) is so pleasant and just nice as it probes these tough questions in a near-utopian sci-fi setting, with the act of reading it feeling very much like the comforting cups of tea that figure promine
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Becky Chambers remains unmatched. I adored this.
Alexis Hall
Source of book: Bought by me
Relevant disclaimers: None
Please note: This review may not be reproduced or quoted, in whole or in part, without explicit consent from the author.

And remember: I am not here to judge your drag, I mean your book. Books are art and art is subjective. These are just my personal thoughts. They are not meant to be taken as broader commentary on the general quality of the work. Believe me, I have not enjoyed many an excellent book, and my individual lack of enjoyment has no
Jul 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time in Panga there was industry and robotics and technology until one day the robots became sentient and walked away. The people left behind have rebuilt their society very differently. The first character we meet is Sibling Dex, a Tea Monk, who travels between rural villages bringing special teas and spiritual comfort. Dex meets a robot called Mosscap and they travel together and talk.

That's it really. A book based on a clever idea with fantastic world building, brilliant character

“Everybody needs a cup of tea sometimes.”

This book was exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it. I should make a new shelf called “better than therapy” for books like this one. I was reading it on the balcony (I just installed fairy lights, it’s super cozy), breathing in the cool summer evening air and drinking a glass of wine and I told my husband that I wanted to go live in Becky Chambers’ head. He said “ew”, but what I meant was that I love the w
K.J. Charles
Jan 03, 2022 added it
Shelves: sf
A gentle, meditative sort of story about a monk and a robot becoming friends, and about purpose and life and how cultures meet. As ever with Becky Chambers, it's deceptively uneventful -not much happens, plotwise, but there's a beautifully developed world and a lot to think about. Soothing. ...more
Kinda the future vibe of my dreams, TBH



Also, solarpunk
Aug 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever felt tired - deeply emotionally and mentally tired - this book is for you.

If you've wondered if you'll ever find true purpose and meaning in a life that constantly asks more of you, or you're constantly asking more of yourself, this book is for you.

If you've ever looked around at all your things and your stuff and your loved ones and your hobbies and your work and wondered why it still feels like something is missing, this book is for you.

If you've ever wanted to leave everythin
Oct 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short, it is The Midnight Library in a sci-fi world.
The writing style and the story just feel like a cup of tea, warm and cozy. It’s the charm of the small comfort indeed.

- -“The urge to leave began with the idea of cricket song.”
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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 ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
This was a typical cute and optimistic story that I have come to expect from Becky Chambers. While this is technically science fiction, it read more like a fantastical fable. The narrative was quaint and sometimes funny, but lacking plot. I generally enjoyed this one even though I have a preference for darker stories. This will be a must read for any mega fans of this author.

Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Jan 18, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022-favs, lgbtq-rep, 2022
First lines in fiction are arguably the most important thing to grab a reader's attention. Sometimes, a book takes hold of you from the very first sentence on. A Psalm for the Wild-Built did not seize me by the opening of the story, but even earlier than that. It's Becky Chambers' dedication that reeled me in: 'For anybody who could use a break', it reads. The sheer tenderness of that sentence and the open vulnerability that it carried made me want to read this book more than anything else. I gu ...more
Sep 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Another comfy sci-fi from Becky Chambers. For those who haven't read Chambers, she writes sci-fi minus evil empires, scary aliens, and space battles, where peace, love and happiness prevail. Sometimes as in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit the concept it works really well. Other times, the saccharine level is just too high. A Psalm for the Wild-Built is more the latter than the former.

In Wild-Built, some hundred years ago robots became self aware. Human
Charlotte May
Nov 29, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a nice enough story.
I found Sibling Dex’s character quite annoying at times, they were quite whiny and often harsh to Moscapp the robot.

There was a lot of philosophical debate between the two characters, which I didn’t overly enjoy. But there were a few gems in there such as

“It is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live.”

I am a big Becky Chambers fan, the Wayfarers series will always hold a special place
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Psalm for the Wild-Built
by Becky Chambers

I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this delightful book! Rex and Mosscap make a great duo!

This is an unusual world where one day technology awoke and wanted to be free from mankind. Even more unbelievable to me is that mankind didn't want to hold them against their will. So all robots left and was never seen again.

We then turn to a Tea Monk, Sibling Rex. He has a drive to do more with his life so he want
Maddie Browse
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2021, arc, lgbt
I know already that writing this review is going to be extremely difficult! I loved this book with every fibre of my being, and even over a week later I am not sure I am going to be able to put that feeling into words.

This book was absolutely stunning, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking and impactful in every way! I did not expect when starting a 160-page novella to be finishing it reassessing so many things about life as well as deep intricacies of society. And that was my favourite thing about
destiny ♡ howling libraries
I'm sad to say that, despite how excited I was to finally read my first Becky Chambers title ever, this was a massive let-down. I found the plot and world development terribly lacking, and I didn't enjoy Sibling Dex's character at all. I loved the casual queerness and the idea of this future where humans actually start getting it right and working to preserve their surroundings, and I loved Mosscap's character, but all in all, I believe this novella would have worked out far better as a full-len ...more
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Jun 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Full review to come on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks ...more
Khalid Muhammad Abdul-Mumin
Sep 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-reads
"All we have ever known is a life of human design, from our bodies to our work to the buildings we are housed in. We thank you for not keeping us here against our will, and we mean no disrespect to your offer, but it is our wish to leave your cities entirely, so that we may observe that which has no design—the untouched wilderness."

Apologies for the sheer amount of quotes embeded here. I just couldn't help myself as I'd hardly go past a couple pages without highlighting something truly spell
May 09, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022-shelf, sci-fi
What can I say? I loved the first half, was meh about the second?

Here's the deal: the first half spoke to me on a very deep personal level. It was basically written for INFPs like me. I was there, there, there the entire time. As long as the journey a solo one, I was pretty much entirely delighted.

I SHOULD have liked the friendship between the titular monk and robot. It was slow, introspective, and should have given me a tidbit or two of hard-won wisdom or whatnot, but to be honest, I was bored.
Nov 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was exactly the cup of tea I needed on a day in which I felt sick both in body (thank you, booster shot) and spirit, stuck in a neverending pandemic of virus and stupidity. I read this slim book and felt like my anxieties over the future of the ecosystems I care about and my own small role in the outcome had been heard - and while no answers had been offered, comfort had been given. So in a sense, A Psalm for the Wild-Built is its own metaphorical tea monk, dispensing tea and kindness.

this was a sweet. wonderful. incredible. heartwarming. DELIGHT!!!!! I’m absolutely obsessed with this very niche genre of young adult sci fi fantasy books set in a world that future generations of humans have built to be beautiful, post-revolutionary, one where people’s needs are met and communities are in harmony with each other as well as the earth- but it’s not a perfect world, not because of a dystopian government plot like we see in the hunger games and that genre of grim dark dystopian YA ...more
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
4.5 stars

A tea monk encounters a robot. The first robot checking in with humans in generations, ever since the robots gained consciousness and freedom.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built is a lovely, lush, hopeful piece of science fiction set in a world that is maintained sustainably in ways our own is not. It's deeply philosophical about the meaning of life, purpose, and death.

It's inclusive in a way that is built easily into the world. Our tea monk is a-gender and thus referred to as "sibling" rather
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“You keep asking why your work is not enough, and I don’t know how to answer that, because it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live.” 195 likes
“You’re an animal, Sibling Dex. You are not separate or other. You’re an animal. And animals have no purpose. Nothing has a purpose. The world simply is. If you want to do things that are meaningful to others, fine! Good! So do I! But if I wanted to crawl into a cave and watch stalagmites with Frostfrog for the remainder of my days, that would also be both fine and good. You keep asking why your work is not enough, and I don’t know how to answer that, because it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live. That is all most animals do.” 66 likes
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