Ahoy there me mateys! It be no secret that I love Becky Chambers work. So much so that I didn’t really know what the book was about other than that the series name suggested a monk and a robot. Aye, but how we meet said monk and robot were fantastic.
I, of course, adored this. I want to meet a tea monk. If I was lucky, I would love to meet the best tea monk, Dex, and see what they brew for me. I also would love to meet the robot, Mosscap, and pester it with every question I could think of. Watching the two interact was just wonderful.
This book is hopeful, a bit philosophical, and shows slices of life. Becky Chambers does this so very well. I knew it was a novella. I knew it would be short. And I was still surprised by how engrossed I was watching everything unfold and also with how much I wanted to know what happened next when it ended. The ending seemed abrupt but it was really just because I was transported into the story and this world faded away.
I need to know what happens next. I need lots more Becky Chambers books in general. Arrr!
Side note: The blurb does not do this book justice. Also discovering the plot by yerself is recommended.
Goodreads has this to say about the novella:
It’s been centuries since the robots of Earth 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.
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a closed and common orbit – book 2 (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
record of a spaceborn few – book 3 (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
the galaxy, and the ground within – book 4 (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi eArc)
the vela (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi eArc)
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