A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk and Robot #1) by Becky Chambers | Book Review

 


Hello friends! This blog post will be more like a talk about life as the side effect of reading this book. I like this book and it becomes my first favorite on July. This book left me thinking about life especially after reading the robot’s opinion about life purpose, and I need to share it in this blog.

 

Length                               : 160 pages

Date released                    : July 1, 2021

Date read                          : July 4-5, 2022

Goodreads rating              : 4.28

My rating                          : 4.50

Keywords                          : Adult, Science Fiction, Novella, LGBT, Non-binary main character, Utopia,

                                            Friendship, Philosophy

Trigger warnings               : animal death, cursing, panic attack, injury, mental disorder, blood

Where to read                    : Scribd

 

BLURB

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.” (Goodreads)


from my July reading thread


 

MY THOUGHTS

This book is my first favorite of the month, and it’s said to be a cozy sci-fi read, and I totally agree with that. This book is a novella which won’t intimidate you or scare you to get into this book.

Set in a utopia where everything was perfect under the system which separate human’s residential area and the wilderness. I love how humans in this book respect other species’ decisions and not to bother them. This book is like showing the readers that even though we live in a perfect world doesn’t mean people there live without problems. The problems shown in this book are not those caused by other people but from inside.

I had difficulty to picture some of the buildings and technologies in this book however it doesn’t hinder me to enjoy the overal book. I love the writing which analogise inanimate things to animate ones. And the narration about nature is the one I love the most in this book.

STUFF I THOUGHT WHEN I FINISHED THIS BOOK

It’s only my thoughts guys, if you disagree, just leave it, okay? No hard feelings.

The book is set in a perfect world, it’s built on good things and filled with good people. However our main character had this uneasy and uncomfortable feelings about what they did everyday. They felt that everything wasn’t enough. They thought they didn’t do the best, they didn’t know what to do next, and they felt something is missing which is fulfilment in their everyday life.

What I love from this book is the main character told about their feeling honestly to the robot they met. The robot didn’t come to teach him what’s right or wrong, or provide some solution to make this book got a happy ending. No. The robot only said what it knew and what it understood about how things worked without judging the main character. The robot helped the main character and shared its experience and knowledge about life as robot.

The feelings our main character felt are so related to most of us. This book shows us that even though the world is so perfect and people are good, human can still have uncomfortable feelings. I think you should read this book once, beside it’s a cozy sci-fi, it feels like a friend who will say to you that everyone in every kind of life has the same feelings or thoughts that constantly make them feel not enough or sad or don’t know what to do to erase it, and that’s okay.



We have lived in this world for so long, and we have listened to some so-called positive encouragement or wise advice from successful people that we have to know what to do in this life and we have to be able to answer difficult questions such as : what do you want to achieve in 5 years? Who are you? What thing do you want people to remember about you?

If those questions work for you to achieve something you want or help you to live, that’s okay. But, honestly, those only stressed me out and it made me hate myself because I didn’t have the answers. If you feel similarly, I think this book is for you. A Psalm for the Wild-Built is like a gentle friend who reminds you that it’s okay to not know what to do or what to say. It’s okay to not have purpose or the cool stuff to attach to your life as a tagline.

“So, why, then, do you insist on having a purpose for yourself, one which you are desperate to find and miserable without?”

And, who set the standard of doing well, doing worst, or doing enough? And if someone out there said that you have to be someone cool or to have something great, in order to live on this Earth, remember the robot’s saying this :

“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”

You are allowed to just live.

YOU ARE ALLOWED TO JUST LIVE.


This graphic is from my A Psalm for the Wild-Built thread


So how about you? Have you read this book? Tell me your thoughts about it.

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