A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot 2)

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The story follows the journeys of Sibling Dex, a somewhat famous tea-monk (one who goes around serving tea, serving as a spiritual therapist), and Mosscap, a wild robot that has been living in the forests away from humanity. For Sibling Dex, of course, this is literally true in terms of the setting itself (a utopia in all but name) but, for the reader, it’s a perfect of allegorical reflection of a very specific mental health moment. They pursed their lips, realizing they’d forgotten to fetch their towel before getting in the shower. But the moment they pedaled their wagon out of the wilderness and onto the highway, Dex felt the indescribable relief of switching back to the flip side of that equation—the side in which humans had made existence as comfortable as technology would sustainably allow. The moment Dex had regained satellite signal after climbing back down the mountain, they’d sent messages to the village councils, the Wildguard, the monastic network, and every other contact they could think of.

Perhaps this is an intentional feeling by Chambers: after all, people enter our lives, impact us, and then leave all the time.J’en ressors avec une impression aussi étrange que précieuse : la sensation d’avoir vécu un voyage très personnel qui m’a beaucoup apporté et auquel je penserai souvent. The clean water stung as it hit scrapes still healing, and soothed the constellations of insect bites Dex had been scratching despite their best efforts. Mosscap is learning about what it means to be sentient and making choices about themselves and their future. I *get* what this book is trying to achieve, and it didn’t make me feel anything because the tone was so… cloying and saccharine. I meant to save A Prayer for the Crown-Shy for after my omicron booster this fall, but my library hold came through weeks earlier than I expected, and apparently healthy and cynical is no way to read a Becky Chambers book.

After A Psalm for the Wild-Built comes this tale of hope and acceptance in the second volume of the USA Today bestselling Monk and Robot series. There was no reason beyond impatience to continue pressing on in the dark, and though Dex was looking forward to being in a proper town again, stillness and rest sounded preferable in the moment.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. There was only one reminder of the giants that had once stood in this forest (and would again, one day). I used this series to get me out of a reading slump as they’re the perfect length and such a beautiful and hopeful read. Reading this book felt like stepping outside, dropping my shoulders and to breathing in that first breath of fresh air after a long day at work. Yet somehow, in the absence of contact, they knew exactly where to stop growing outward so that they might give their neighbors space to thrive.

I can’t explain but the exploration of the relationships in this beautiful book just help me to know it’s ok to slow down and look listen and feel. However, while A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a notch below the previous book, it is still a commanding read. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope.A joyful experience and, as with all of Chambers’s books, I was left with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

These are the best parts of the book, and there are a few instances where the world and the characters align and say something profound about the human condition. Whilst they navigate their way through Panga, they also navigate their way to understanding and acceptance of one another. One day last week Alexa caught me off guard with something like, "Thank you for always being so appreciative. They lead to things like Mosscap riding a jet-ski, learning to hold a baby, or struggling with fishing.it’s a comforting story about comfort and care, as soothing to read as it is to think about, and so full of hope and wonder and potential discovery. There are some truly thought-provoking moments between Dex and Mosscap that we could all learn from. The hard climb to Hart’s Brow was more than a week behind them, but Dex’s body was still feeling it, and they had made no secret of this. So, just in case you are wondering, yes, I loved it, from the dedication and opening sentence to the last page.



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