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Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, it’s rare for me to love a book so much that I can’t review it properly.
I’ve been reviewing books for so many years now that I can write my way out of nearly any dilemma, from figuring out diplomatic ways to word constructive criticisms to gushing about a story for paragraphs on end without giving away any important plot twists.
There are a myriad of ways to discuss most books with kindness and without spoilers.
With that being said, there has been one recent exception to this rule.
It’s a novella I’ve wholeheartedly recommended to everyone I know who has ever so much as glanced in the direction of speculative fiction.
The storytelling was so tightly woven that I didn’t even mind the fact that it seems to be the beginning of a serial.
Normally, I strictly avoid tales that drop off at exciting moments and make you wait for the next instalment to see what happens next.
This one figured out how to pack so much world building and character development into the first instalment that I don’t mind waiting for the sequel, especially since it has had such a hopeful vision of what humanity’s future might look like.
“A Psalm for the Wild-Built” by Becky Chambers couldn’t have been better.
I adored the protagonist, a non-binary tea monk who was so restless and dissatisfied with their life they decided to leave the safe zone where humans had lived for generations to see what they might find in the wild forests that covered all of the places humanity had abandoned.
The world they lived in was such a safe, harmonious place. There was no more war or environmental destruction. Everyone lived simply and no one went without what they needed to survive.
I spent the entire novella wondering what the main character would find on their journey. I yearned for it to be something wonderful that they could bring back to show everyone.
There are so many other things I wish I could say about this novella, but I really do have to be careful about giving away thrilling plot twists to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
Maybe someday soon I’ll figure out a way to discuss this short work in greater detail and properly review it before the sequel comes out this summer!