Like everyone else on Earth (I assume) I love Becky Chambers. The Wayfarers books are my favourites, and as someone who normally doesn’t like to read novellas, I was very pleased to say To Be Taught If Fortunate blew me away. I was keen to read A Psalm for the Wild-Built because in my eyes Chambers can do no wrong.
I just adore Chambers’ heartfelt writing style and her cosy characters. I’m not normally one for slow plots or character driven stories, or at least I wasn’t until I discovered Wayfarers, and now I want ALL OF THE THINGS. Becky Chambers has such a way with character building that honestly just makes me want to cry a little bit. It’s flawless.
The beginning of this novella was a little slow and the world building took a bit of getting used to. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I was surprised that we didn’t get thrown straight into the relationship between the monk and the robot. I think if I were to reread this book (which I will, just before the release date), I’ll probably get a lot more out of the beginning of the story now that I know what’s going on. The first read was a little jarring for me, possibly because I’d just come out of a Wayfarers reread where I knew all the characters and the universe.
Otherwise, Psalm still contained all the cosiness and comfort of Chambers’ previous stories, and I loved everything about it. I can’t wait to read the second novella in this duology (and to reread this one!).