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Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book
Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book | Becky Chambers
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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?
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Sophronisba
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I didn't think this was quite as good as the first Monk and Robot book but like its predecessor it does find a lot of depth in an unlikely friendship between (you guessed it) a monk and a robot.

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swynn
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My #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin books for December are a couple of genre reads. Looking forward to both!

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I've been meaning to try the Kate Daniels series for a while now - I even own the first book! 1w
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ThePageantHam
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Books/stories I finished reading in November '22 📚

5 ⭐️: Merlin in the Library; Christmas Wish List; A Prayer for the Crown-Shy; the new Red, White & Royal Blue chapter from Henry's POV
4.5 ⭐️: Legends & Lattes; Cult Classic
4 ⭐️: Below Zero; Neuroqueer Heresies; A Cat Story
3 ⭐️: Cat + Gamer; The Cats of Ulthar

Happy December reading to all, and to all a good night ✨️

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Bookfan1414
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I sniffled and cried my way through these two books. Understanding that you don‘t need all the answers or a complete and exacting plan in order to be living a good life can be one of the most difficult and confusing things to understand. But it was handled so well. And yet again, hugs all around. Excellent books!

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Onioons
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You don‘t have to have a reason to be tired. You don‘t have to earn rest or comfort. You‘re allowed to just be.

Bklover This is perfect. Thank you! 2w
Onioons @Bklover it is, isn't it 🌼 2w
TheIndianBookworm This is something 👌❤️ 2w
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Johanna414
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I didnt love this as much as A Psalm For the Wild Built, but it was still touching and enjoyable.

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Johanna414
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Another evening with audiobooks and my knitting... tonight I'm trying to finish up a pair of socks I started over the summer. #audioknitting

StaceGhost Gorgeous socks! 1mo
Tamra Lovely colors! I‘m still intimidated by socks. 🥺 4w
Johanna414 @Tamra i was intimidated by them for years, but now I'm totally addicted! Its all i want to k it lately! 4w
Tamra @Johanna414 I need to find an easy circular needle pattern and just dive in! 4w
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Shaunesay
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Checking in with my November hope to reads! Been awhile since I looked in over here!

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DuckOfDoom
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#readathon is going great! It's my first time reading so much since about 1.5 years I think and I am very happy that I have decided to join.
Becky Chamber's book are always fantastic, and I really enjoyed this one. Perfect book at the perfect time!

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1mo
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DuckOfDoom
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Job interview done, got the job, made food, ate food. Made tea, grabbed a book. #readathon time!

TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 1mo
DuckOfDoom @TrishB thank you 🦆❤️ 1mo
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xicanti
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It was a book + sleepy dog situation last night. I still don‘t love this series as much as everyone else does, but I enjoyed A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY nonetheless.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 🐾 🐶 2mo
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Karisa
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Becky Chamber‘s refreshingly positive vision of the future continues! This latest short book in the Monk and Robot series sends the ever-lovable duo of Dex and Mosscap into human places to ask “What do you actually need?” I found the book as sweet and enjoyable as its cover.

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charl08
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My library came through again...

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Ooh, jealous! 2mo
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MadelineMcCrae
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This was another cozy read from Chambers. The plot, character growth, and ending were all satisfying. I loved the diversity and unique world building that critiqued our own world in ways. I appreciated that the author didn‘t try to drag the story out and asked a lot of questions that really made me think. A great read!

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BekaReid
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Chambers' world-building is phenomenal as usual and through it she creates a safe space to explore who we are, what a better world would look like, and how we can work towards one. She allows us space to be human; to realize it's ok to be human, ok to be confused, ok to make mistakes in the ongoing process of becoming ourselves and figuring shit out. Also, Mosscap is such a delight; I love it more every moment. (Feifei Ruan's cover art is perfect)

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BekaReid
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Trying a new chocolate this afternoon while getting some audio reading in. Enjoying both.

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rmaclean4
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Mehso-so

I love Chambers writing. This series is a bit too sweet for my taste. It is very short and I think that helps. The novella got better closer to the end. 3 🌟

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rsteve388
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The second book in the monk and robot series was just as poignant, thought provoking and beautiful as the first book. The book.really asks very important questions about life and the future of our world. It's a mediative way to ask hard questions about the world. And Becky Chambers is brilliant in her way of getting us to talk about hard topics.

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rsteve388
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@Sovay You should check this out. It's a fun way to get involved in the books community.

Here is the sign up link if you are interested.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrAKF_4P5QR-kJDU9lrhzW7PQata8xPbqkHpE7...

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Lizpixie
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Bk5 of September is done! I‘m getting a head of steam up now🙌 Oh my stars. I want to live in this book so bad! Once again Becky Chambers has written a magical ecological & spiritual story. You wouldn‘t think a story about a human and a robot could have so much heart to it but it‘s very profound. At least to me it was. Totally recommend reading this series. And all of her books for that matter! #BookspinBingo #SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Awesome 3mo
TheAromaofBooks LOVE this cover!!! 3mo
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monalyisha
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This 2nd book felt “less than” the first, somehow, but it was still a quiet joy. The investigation here is less “What do people need?” & more “What do *I* need?” And, “how can I be comfortable with the answer?” It‘s about knowing, intellectually, what advice to give & feeling the truth of it when you impart it to others but not allowing that same truth to speak when you turn your advice inwards. It‘s about self-discovery, & family — found & other.

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Kenyazero
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I loved this just as much as book 1. It‘s a very calm, reflective, warm book exploring human relationships with themselves, the world around them, society, and what it feels like to redefine your relationships with all of the above. I love the world, and the characters absolutely delight me. Moscap always makes me smile. This world is also wonderfully inclusive, removed from a context where LGBTQ lives and bodies are viewed with hate. #LGBTQ

Librariana I've got a birthday coming up next week and I see a trip to my favorite indie in the near future. I'll definitely be on the lookout for the first book in the series! 3mo
Kenyazero @Librariana Happy almost birthday! If you find A Psalm for the Wild-Built, I hope you enjoy it! It‘s not a very long commitment since they‘re novellas 🙂 3mo
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Lizpixie
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Last in my recent #bookmail is the 2nd novella in Chambers Monk and Robot series. The 1st book was one of my #12of2021 picks, it was absolutely beautiful & lovely to read. She puts such hope into her stories, no matter whether it‘s about aliens, robots or humans, we could all learn a lot from them. If you haven‘t read any of her books, why?

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BennettBookworm
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Eighth #owlsreadingchallenge subject passed!!

Charms:

🌟Charms: a book by a fave author - Book Lovers (Emily Henry)
🌟Flitwick: short book or short stories - Prayer for the Crown Shy
🌟Time turner: a book with dual timelines - Metropolis

lirahlu Book Lovers was sooooo good! 😍 3mo
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BennettBookworm
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A beautiful second volume. I really think it could‘ve been longer, though- I get wanting to keep things short and sweet, but it felt to me like a lot more could have been developed, even while keeping it short. I just love the world Chambers has created and want to soak in it even longer!

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Kenyazero
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I‘m starting the the 20 Minute Back To School Reading Challenge for TrevorProject today. Right now I‘m reading the tagged book, & read the first of this wonderfully calm, soothing series last month. I‘m so excited to read the second book as I read 20 minutes per day to raise money for suicide prevention. Today I wrapped up with 47 minutes. I probably won‘t update every day on Litsy, but I‘ll be sure to post a few times! #TrevorProject #LGBTQ

ozma.of.oz Oh I‘m doing that too! ❤️ 3mo
Kenyazero @ozma.of.oz Nice! I‘m excited to hear that! 3mo
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BarbaraJean
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Another low reading month. I‘m still unpacking & organizing from our move in July, which has kicked my summer reading to the curb. I did finish June‘s #DoubleSpin, though! Favorite this month is tagged—I 💜Becky Chambers and I 💜Mosscap & Dex. I had two re-reads for book groups, but I didn‘t mind. It was a delight revisiting Pat of Silver Bush for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead and Nation for my IRL book group. I had forgotten just how GOOD Nation is.

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Creadnorthey
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Ok I‘m sold on this positive Sci-Fi meets zen monk stories where nothing really happens but world building and very human relationships between said monk and a 4th generation robot. Lovely and hoping for more in this gem vein.

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peanutnine
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This was just as lovely and introspective as Dex and Mosscap's first adventure together. Reading it was a comfort 🥰

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Robotswithpersonality
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Just as wonderful as I hoped it would be. One of the few books I plan on owning. Especially enjoyed the tone of the ending, meandering through a socialist solar punk world, that isn't quite utopic, recognizing beings still look for purpose/meaning, have unanswered questions. Mosscap continues to be a delight, Dex is relatable and aspirational by turns. Hoping this is eventually not just a duology, I want more Monk & Robot! 🤖♥️

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Robotswithpersonality
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"Well, that's the nice thing about trees." Mosscap put its hands on its hips as it looked around. "They're not going anywhere. You can take all the time you need to get to know them."?♥️?

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Robotswithpersonality
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Kintsugi houses. Recycling! 🥰

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Robotswithpersonality
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Solar Punk Socialism: Yes, please.

"Nobody should be barred from necessities or comforts just because they don't have the right number next to their name."

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Mindelan
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I loved this even more than the last one. Chambers continues to explore the human experience and validate the idea that it is okay to just exist. I love a “robot/alien explores humanity” trope, and this one touches on some big experiences/feelings in little anecdotes. I read this one slowly with breaks to sit back and digest, and I think I enjoyed it more than when I read the first one in a day.

Mindelan Also, did not know about crown-shy trees despite studying plants in college! Probably because my local forests are being taken over by maples and buckthorn, which do not share nicely. Included one of my favorite under-appreciated nature moments: grass blooming. Big Bluestem, for those who are curious (edited) 4mo
Kenyazero This one is my next physical read. I don‘t usually keep a functioning tbr but I‘m so excited about it. I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 4mo
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Mindelan
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Becky Chambers is so good at capturing the little moments and feelings that make up life! As a preschool teacher, this interaction really resonated with me and made me laugh.

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Jeannie
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I‘m not done yet but I just can‘t get over Mosscap - so sweet and innocent upon first meeting the villagers. After loving A Psalm for the Wild-Built, it is so nice to travel with Sibling Dex and Mosscap again ❤️

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Prairiegirl_reading
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I put my crochet down to grab some lunch. Sadie had some other ideas so I guess I‘m reading! 📚🚫🧶
I‘m ok with that! 😄

ShyBookOwl I spent today crocheting too! That yarn looks so cozy, I can't blame her! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @ShyBookOwl it‘s working up pretty nicely but I wish it was just a bit chunkier. But that‘s what I get for impulse buying! 4mo
ShyBookOwl @Prairiegirl_reading I am all about that impulse yarn buying, so I get it! It does look soft and pretty though 4mo
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Johanna414
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The kids and I are visiting my two siblings who live in Portland, OR and decided to spend a couple days on the shore. So beautiful! I hit up a local bookshop and picked up some reading materials this morning

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Jen2
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Lovely

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BarbaraJean
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Another hug of a book from Becky Chambers. I loved this—it picks up just where we left off, with Dex and Mosscap venturing into society to seek answers to Mosscap‘s question of what humans need. This felt a lot like Psalm for the Wild-Built: reflective and thought-provoking and comforting and affirming. Becky Chambers somehow always knows just what I need to read. (I mean, that dedication! 💜)

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ozma.of.oz
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Mosscap wants to know what humans need. Dex wants to recapture the passion and purpose they had with their tea service. Obviously this means it‘s time for a life changing road trip.

As charming and delightful as the first, while also hitting you with a discussion on the difficulties of burnout and the violence in a system that equates human worth with productivity. Exactly what I needed right now. And yes. I cried during this one too. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

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AmandaBlaze
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Another charming adventure with Dex and Robot, seeking the answer for “What do humans need?“ The novella had a lighthearted feel throughout.
@TheSpineView #SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Fantastic!🤩📖📚 4mo
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bookishbitch
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Absolutely loved this. The main character, Dex, is non binary. For anyone confused as how they/them pronouns work this is it. I love Mosscap the robots way of seeing things. I love the world building of Panga and the look at such a different society. I really like how relaxing and restorative this story is, even though there are quite philosophical themes about what people need and want. Not based on our version of religions despite the title.

shanaqui Becky Chambers' books so often strike me this way -- “restorative“ is a good word for it! 4mo
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DMC_run8
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My feelings for this book are not without bias. I loved the first book in the series because I found it refreshing read about a world where humans are trying to do what benefits society and the environment. So I was very excited when I saw this on the library shelf. I wasn't disappointed. This book continues to follow Mosscap and Dex through different towns as Mosscap meets more humans to determine what their needs are.(cont in comments)

DMC_run8 I love the friendship that continues to develop between the two main characters. And seeing things we take for granted from the robot's perspective is very eye-opening. 4.5⭐️ 4mo
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bookishbitch
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I'm only halfway through this and I love it already. Seems like the perfect book to share tea with. (Rooibos tea paired with an orange and cranberry scone.)

Chelsea.Poole Awesome set up! 4mo
bookishbitch @Chelsea.Poole Thank you! 4mo
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Mindelan
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I think I might actually be over my reading slump. I‘ve got a nice stack I can‘t wait to work through, hopefully mostly before school starts again!

Dottie literally wiggled her way into the picture asking for belly rubs 😂

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Soubhiville
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I love the covers of these books!

This second Monk and Robot book finds Dex and Mosscap traveling across their little planet talking to folks in each village and town, so that Mosscap can ask it‘s big question: “What do you need?”

The answers vary widely as does the interpretation of what the question means. Just as sweet as the first book, perhaps a bit more philosophical, I enjoyed it and look forward to more. 🤖💕

mom2bugnbee Who's sleeping in the background? 🐶 Adorable! 4mo
Soubhiville @mom2bugnbee that‘s my girl Sietje 🐶🙂❤️ 4mo
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“Well, that‘s the nice thing about trees. They‘re not going anywhere. You can take all the time you need to get to know them.”

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Soubhiville
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When in need, it is possible to use a cat as a bookmark. At least briefly. 🐱🤣📚
Venkman is being tolerant this morning.

Bookwomble 😹 4mo
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Sapphire
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I enjoyed this book more than the first, but probably because this wasn‘t really a stand alone sequel. The preachy aspects that brought me near a so-so rating on the first books were absent and the characters are more developed with this second part. Honestly, this felt like an arbitrary editing or marketing decision. Like someone didn‘t trust the reader to cross genre. The author attempts to play with big questions of humanity and makes us 👇🏻

Sapphire Makes us care about the characters. But it seems someone in the publsishing chain either thought it was too long for a fantasy or YA audience or that audiences interested in esoteric questions of humanity or sociopolitical structures wouldn‘t read books with the gender fluid pronouns or some Huey. 4mo
Sapphire I mean this isn‘t great literature, but the characters do have a great development arc. And the ideas about need and want, social and ecological responsibilities, and a sense of purpose are meaningfully presented in fresh ways if you read books 1 and 2 together. 4mo
Sapphire And I hope publishers give the reading audience credit for wanting our literature to stretch us and not being limited in ways that the average non reading social media or tv consumer might be. 4mo
Sapphire Books are the last best hope we have for breaking out of echo chambers. So please let the brave and talented authors push the boundaries of their target audience. I mean if food solid literature with mass appeal doesn‘t break the echo chamber, what will? 4mo
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