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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy--A Monk and Robot Book
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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy--A Monk and Robot Book
Monk & Robot Series, Book 2

A USA Today Bestseller!
"Tender and healing... I'm prescribing a preorder to anyone who has ever felt lost. Stunning, kind, necessary." —Sarah Gailey on book 1: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a story of kindness and love from one of the foremost practitioners of hopeful SF.
After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.
They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.
Becky Chambers's new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

A USA Today Bestseller!
"Tender and healing... I'm prescribing a preorder to anyone who has ever felt lost. Stunning, kind, necessary." —Sarah Gailey on book 1: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy is a story of kindness and love from one of the foremost practitioners of hopeful SF.
After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.
They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.
Becky Chambers's new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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About the Author-
  • Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others.
    Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope. Having hopped around the world a bit, she's now back in her home state, where she lives with her wife. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day.

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  • Library Journal

    February 1, 2022

    In this second in a new series from Clarke/Locus nominee Chambers, famed Tea Monk Sibling Dex and the robot Mosscap, whose mission is to discover what humanity really needs, have finished up touring the rural areas of the moon where they live and are heading toward habitation. With a 150,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 4, 2022
    Tea monk Sibling Dex and robot Splendid Speckled Mosscap are back for the quietly brilliant second installment in Hugo Award winner Chambers’s Monk and Robot novella series (after A Psalm for the Wild Built). Dex returns from their sojourn into the dangerous wilderness of the Antlers, with Mosscap—the first robot to reach out to humans in the centuries since the Awakening, when robots gained sentience and went off to form their own autonomous societies—in tow. Built in the wild by other robots, Mosscap had never met a human before Dex and is determined to answer the question, “What do humans need?” As Dex and Mosscap navigate their new celebrity status and set out to encounter the full breadth of humanity through Panga’s varied human settlements, the question proves more complicated than either anticipated. The result is a lightly drawn but profound meditation on belief, entropy, and the nature of need and want that once again demonstrates Chambers’s prowess as both a storyteller and a thinker. Quiet and contemplative, empathic and warmhearted, this masterful sequel builds on the themes of the first volume to posit a more sustainable, more caring way of life. It’s both truly comforting and endlessly thought-provoking.

  • Booklist

    April 22, 2022
    When this sequel to A Psalm for the Wild-Built (2021) starts, Dex, a solitude-loving, tea-serving monk, and Mosscap, a curious robot, are quickly becoming famous. Most of the citizens in Chambers' postapocalyptic, hopepunk world have never seen a robot, and Mosscap wants to meet everyone and see everything as they journey from the far, untamed wilds through the settlements and on to the city. While most are happy to see Mosscap, others question what the return of robots could mean. Both Dex and Mosscap try to find meaning in work and the conversations they have with those they meet along the way. More of this quiet world is revealed on the journey, fleshing out the world building from the previous book in the series. Meeting Dex's complicated and loving family is a highlight of this gentle novella, and the surprise of a pivotal choice makes for a satisfying ending. Recommended for readers of Maja Lunde's The History of Bees (2017) as well as those who want a hopeful glimpse at what our future might look like.

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  • Publishers Weekly, starred review "[A] lightly drawn but profound meditation on belief, entropy, and the nature of need and want that once again demonstrates Chambers's prowess as both a storyteller and a thinker. Quiet and contemplative, empathic and warmhearted, this masterful sequel builds on the themes of the first volume to posit a more sustainable, more caring way of life. It's both truly comforting and endlessly thought-provoking. "
  • Library Journal, starred review "Thoughtful, with a gentleness that is as encompassing as any action-filled work."
  • Booklist "[A] hopeful glimpse at what our future might look like."
  • Buzzfeed "As charming and heartwarming as the first."
  • Shelf Awareness, starred review "The gentle touch with which Chambers handles her material makes the book's loftiest philosophical aims feel grounded. With a pervading sense of optimism and warmth, A Psalm for the Wild-Built inaugurates an exciting series from one of science fiction's brightest stars."
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