A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Tor.com. (Monk & Robot, Bk. 1). Jul. 2021. 160p. ISBN 9781250236210. $20.99. SF
In an Asian-inspired post-apocalyptic world, Sibling Dex leaves the monastery in the City to become a tea monk, hoping to find answers. Two years later, they are a successful tea monk traveling between rural villages, yet they’re no closer to an answer to their question: Why isn’t the City enough for me?? When Dex decides to head away from civilization toward an old hermitage, they encounter Mosscap, a robot who is looking for an answer to its own question: What do the people need?? Robots left humans behind centuries ago when they became self-aware, and robots have since faded into legend. Now two protagonists looking for answers find their paths crossing, in opposite directions—or are they in fact headed down the same path? This is a gentle contemplation of individual meaning, presented by uniquely diverse voices, set in a world that brought itself back from the brink of destruction and forged a new way for nature and technology to coexist.
VERDICT Chambers (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet) begins a delightful new series full of familiar themes: heart, hope, and purpose.
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