Read for: Anticipated Release/ Audio book
Synopsis: "It's been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools.
Centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again.
Centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.
One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered.
But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.
They're going to need to ask it a lot.
Becky Chambers' new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?"
My Review: I don't read a lot of science fiction but I have really come to love sci-fi novellas and this book really captured my attention so I had to read it pretty quickly after it came out. I really enjoyed the story, a bit of an after an world changing event (many years after in fact). I really enjoyed Dex, they are not what you would imagine a monk to be, a bit restless and a bit curious. I love the concept of a tea monk though, (can we have some who come visit now?!) the idea of having someone just know what type of tea will suit your mood and then allowing you to talk if you need to or just sit in silence as you enjoy your tea, it sounds so perfect. It did take a while to get to the point in the story that started actually moving the plot along, but it was an enjoyable journey learning a bit about the world. It has a clear feel of laying the ground work for a series, not a book that you can really read an enjoy on its own. I know I will be anxiously waiting for more books in the Monk & Robot series.
My Rating: Even though it took a while for this book to gain momentum for me, I still really enjoyed the premise of it. It just barely brushes the surface of what it can be so I expect quite a series and I am looking forward to it. I give this one a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!