Friday, May 27, 2022

Review: A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY by Becky Chambers


Rating: 3/5 stars

I've been meaning to check out Becky Chambers's work for awhile now, and I decided on a whim that I was going to read the Monk and Robot duology as my introduction to her writing. Both A Pslam for the Wild-Built and A Prayer for the Crown-Shy are very wholesome sci-fi novellas that I ended up enjoying. 

The story follows a tea monk, Dex, and their robot companion, Mosscap, as they travel across the land together while learning about each other and the various people they come across on their journey. There's not really much more to the plot than that, but this story doesn't need more. 

This story is about acceptance and hope and living. Mosscap is still trying to find the answer to the question, "What do people need?" which it asks everyone it comes across but no one seems to have a good answer. Dex is still trying to find their purpose as well. Mosscap was definitely my favorite character as it was just so wholesome, and I loved seeing its innocence as it learns about the way humans live. 

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy was an enjoyable read, but it also wasn't a standout story to me. I liked it and I'm glad I read it and I'd recommend it, but I also don't know how long it will stick with me. It does have me interested in checking out more of Becky Chambers's works in the future though. 

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