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As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.On a distant plaAs a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth....

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All Systems Red Reviews

  • Carol.
    2019-04-21 01:11

    "Confession time: I don't actually know where we are.... I hadn't looked at the maps yet and I'd barely looked at the survey package. In my defense, we'd been here twenty-two planetary days and I hadn't had to do anything but stand around watching humans make scans or take samples of dirt, rocks, water, and leaves. The sense of urgency just wasn't there. Also, you may have noticed, I don't care."I can relate to Murderbot, the misanthropic construct who is contracted to provide security detail for a small expedition to a planet. Murderbot, as the A.I. calls itself, is plainly uncomfortable with personal attention and has little interest in anything outside its scope of concern, namely, its job and entertainment videos. I have to confess, that sounds like me during most of my adolescent years (substitute books for videos and you have me at every family event, ever).Written as a novella, the plot takes off from page two. It isn't long before both Murderbot and the team realize they're facing multiple types of danger. Characterization is one of the outstanding parts of the story, with Murderbot's nature getting a lot of subtle build. The team never stood out to any great degree, but that's partly because until this expedition, Murderbot has had generally negative experiences with the people it is contracted to protect and assumed this group would be more of the same. The leader, Dr. Mensah, soon distinguishes herself with crisis management and leadership, while an augmented human, Gurathin, presents a different kind of challenge.My one hesitation in calling it a five star book is the ending, which felt somewhat awkward and incongruous to the personality earlier, which displayed little curiosity or independence. I read the story twice, the second time doing the math on the length of time Murderbot has been independent. I'm guessing around four years, based on its own estimate of 35k hours since it "failed to become an uncontrolled killing machine." The resolution felt like a shortcut, and like a logic failure in Murderbot's circuts. But I'm open to discussion on it.Final resolution aside, I certainly enjoyed the ride. I predict some kind of award nomination next season.Wells and Tor.com recently announced that the novella is first in a four part series. https://www.tor.com/2017/06/26/more-m... and I'll be eagerly anticipating the following books. And, if you want to tease yourself, Wells does have the first bit of book two on her site. First chapter of All Systems Red: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1..."I thought it was likely that the only supplies we would need... was the postmortem kind, but you may have noticed that when I do manage to care, I'm a pessimist."Me too, Murderbot. Me too.Four and a half stars, rounding up because.

  • Bradley
    2019-04-12 01:11

    When I heard the premise I expected a light robot killer story from the PoV from the robot. Probably a PI mystery kind of thing because that seems to be pretty hot right now. I can rattle off a handful of titles like this right now.So. What did I get? A fun and light robot murderer who hacks herself to have free will and she stops murdering to watch SF sitcoms instead. :)Honestly, that's pretty cool. Yeah, her official bruiser job is still there but her mechanical heart isn't really into it. Who can blame her? It's pretty boring until she finds that she really wants to protect people after all.The plot's fairly simple, the prose is light, and the premise rolls right along. It's mystery fluff with a hard SF chassis. Just what the engineer ordered.

  • Karl
    2019-04-09 06:12

    Entry #1I will be starting to read this book in a few hours. I just found out that Ms. Wells has sold a total of four (count em (4)) novellas in the Murderbot series with the second titled "Artificial Condition" (16.99 for a hardcover and 9.99 for the kindle) to appear somewhere near the beginning of 2018 and upon a bit of research found the the book here at GR -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...?Book 3 is scheduled to be a hardcover titled "Rogue Protocol" (The Murderbot Diaries #3) found here --> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...and also priced at 16.99 (for 160 pages) print and ten bucks for the kindle. (Aug 7, 2018) then book 4 "Exit Strategy" (The Murderbot Diaries #4) prior to years end. What have I gotten myself into ?Entry #2Well now I'm 100 pages into the book and quite enjoying it. I also found an interview with Ms. Wells. Here is one of the questions regarding this book:Q: Has there been any interest in turning All Systems Red into a movie or TV show?A: No, there’s been no interest that I know of. I’m not sure what would work best, though a movie or TV show would have to have a lot of voiceover, since so much of the story is internal to the main character.Q: If this did happen, who would you like to see play the main characters and why them?A: I’m not sure who would play Murderbot. I was always kind of imagining Viola Davis [Suicide Squad] for Dr. Mensah. In the story, Murderbot’s favorite show, The Rise And Fall Of Sanctuary Moon, is meant to be a far future version of How To Get Away With Murder.Entry # 3I have read a couple of times now, in two different interviews, that Ms. Wells credits that murderbot was inspired by Tanith Lee's "Silver Metal Lover" and Tanith Lee's writing in general. Ms. Wells has grown in stature in my reading opinion.This book was certainly well written and an entertaining story and I totally look forward to the next installment of this series.

  • Philip
    2019-03-28 07:24

    3ish stars.Some heavy themes wrapped up in what is otherwise a relatively fluffy novella. The plot's straight-forward, the prose is decent, but it's charming and witty. Murderbot, who repeatedly says that she'd rather be netflixing, is surprisingly relatable. One of my favorite parts is when Murderbot is faced with the prospect of spending time with people and is (understandably) horrified. She can't control her facial reaction which in turn makes the human crew she's assigned to uncomfortable to know that they're making Murderbot uncomfortable (and that she has feelings as human as any of them). Also, I've just realized that I've been using female pronouns for Murderbot, when Murderbot is actually genderless and is referred to as 'it' by the crew. For some reason I naturally thought of Murderbot as being female and I'm not sure why, maybe because the author is female?Posted in Mr. Philip's Library

  • Hannah
    2019-03-28 00:24

    I had so much fun reading this short little novella. I needed something quick and easy to read after Leviathan Wakes, and this just fit the bill. It is snarky and witty and surprisingly well-rounded.Our main character and point of view is Murderbot, as it likes to call itself. It is working security for a group of explorers when things start to go sideways. Murderbot is the clear focus of this book and rightfully so: it is hilarious in its pessimism and sympathetic in its apathy. Its arc was (mostly) believable and I loved seeing the world from its point of view. (Aside: I was picturing Murderbot as female and kept thinking of it as such until I read reviews… and realized it is never called thus; the humans in this book refer to Murderbot as it, and so does it itself. I don’t know what that says about me but I found it fairly fascinating to think about my biases. If you have read the novella, please do let me know whether you thought of Murderbot as female or male. The audiobook narrator is a man fyi.)I enjoyed how fast-paced this was and how much kept happening. Martha Wells did not waste a single page of this book which is something I am really appreciating about novellas at the moment.I have already pre-ordered the next books in the series (they will all be coming out later this year) and cannot wait to see where Martha Well takes her story next.First sentence (which I read and knew I would love this): “I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized that I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.”

  • Gavin
    2019-04-03 04:20

    As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.That was the hook that drew me to Martha Wells's fantastic sci-fi novella All Systems Red. It was everything an AI sci-fi story should be and then some! It was thought provoking but also entertaining and engaging.In a future dominated by big corporations any new planetary exploratory teams need to be accompanied by a Company owned SecUnit android. Ostensibly this is to keep them safe but it also helps the Company monitor what the teams are getting up to! This story is told from the point of view of "Murderbot". The security unit assigned to keep a bunch of scientists safe on their mission to explore a distant planet. The story was quite interesting. The team was one of two different expeditions on the planet and had to endure a bunch of equipment failures. Not an uncommon occurrence in a future where missions are sold to the lowest bidder and cost cutting is the norm! The malfunctions take on a more sinister look when the team lose contact with the planets other exploratory team. It is then up to Murderbot to keep its group of humans safe! The story was a ton of fun. Murderbot was a great lead character and was very easy to root for. Its mission was to keep the humans on its team safe but that did not mean this socially anxious security android had to like them or want to spend any more time with them than it absolutely had to. Normally that was a non-issue as clients just saw their SecUnit's as robotic tools but not this latest bunch! All in all I loved this novella and will definitely be trying more of Martha Wells books in the future. The only flaw in this whole story was that it was only a novella rather than a full novel. I wanted more of Murderbot and this fascinating world!Rating: 5 stars.Audio Note: Keven Free was nothing special but he did do an acceptable job with the audio.

  • K.J. Charles
    2019-04-18 08:27

    Magnificent. Tor.com continue to rock it with this fantastic tale of a self-hacked cyborg security unit with a gloriously bad attitude. It just wants to sit there downloading soaps but HEY HO SABOTAGE, PEOPLE TO SAVE, PEOPLE TO KILL. Terrific writing, lovely characterisation, very funny, and there will be more! Consider me glued.

  • Basia
    2019-04-21 06:12

    First review of 2018!! Happy New Year!So this little story, what a WINNER!! I fell in love with the Murderbot SecUnit the 2nd time I sat down to read the tale. I finished it in just 3 short bursts. He comes across as so wonderfully detached and such a perfect misanthrope, that he felt wonderfully human to me. Yet with that brilliant edge, one that made this whole story so much fun to read. Cannot wait for the next installments from Wells! Hope you all get to read this novella. Have a wonderful new year. Happy 2018!

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-23 01:20

    This is at least as good as most of the reviews are saying, and it's an excellent example of what can be done with a simple plot and fantastic characters at the novella length. The story is told from the point of view of a rogue biomechanical security construct that calls itself murderbot. With its governor not working there's nothing stopping it from killing everyone in the planetary survey crew it works for. Well, other than it quite likes them and it likes being useful and having down time to keep up with its entertainment serials. So when it becomes apparent that it's humans are under attack, it goes out of its way to protect them, even to the point of revealing that its not under their control. I have to point out that murderbot is incredibly relatable to the average reader. It's extremely introverted, needs alone time to recharge for social contact and mostly just wants to be left alone. But it's also steadfast, loyal and at most times the most sensible and competent person in the room. In that respect it's like the Mary Sue of every reader ever. But the story transcends that. The character interactions with the survey team after they find out the murderbot's independence are brilliantly handled with humor and a wide range of emotional reactions from distrust to unwanted compassion. And murderbot makes a lot of sense.This is great and you should read it.

  • j
    2019-04-15 08:33

    Snarky robots are like catnip to me. Turns out Martha Wells is pretty funny.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2019-04-18 04:33

    this was EXCELLENT. I love the lead so much. I know they’re a murderbot. I don’t care. this was AMAZING and I can’t wait to continue the series. REVIEW TO COME!!

  • Emma
    2019-03-23 03:09

    “You may have noticed that when I do manage to care, I’m a pessimist.”What a fantastic novella! I’ve had Martha Wells on my tbr list for a long time and even downloaded one of her fantasy novels but have never felt like reading it. The other day this came to my attention and thought maybe it would serve as an access story. Murderbot is a Secbot, designed to guard and protect clients on missions. Murderbot has a great personality and loves downloading soaps and other entertainment to keep itself occupied when bored ( which is a lot of the time!) and it really doesn’t much care about its job. We see that it is a sentient being and this time it’s working for a crew who believe him to be as well.Recommended.

  • Gary
    2019-04-14 02:30

    Featured in my rundown of the best short SFF for Spring 2017: https://1000yearplan.com/2017/12/13/l...The difficulty of reconciling one’s private self with one’s public façade produces a multitude of anxieties that manifest in different ways. For the self-styled Murderbot of Martha Wells "All Systems Red", a SecUnit (security robot) who lacks the full autonomy the privileged class (in this case, humans) enjoy, the coveting of its private self is not just a way to stay sane, but a way to remain alive and employed. Its internal monologue expresses a deep cynicism and flippant attitude toward its human employers – an emotional defense mechanism if ever there was one – even as it admits to itself that it likes most of the humans it is trying to avoid connecting with. From the start we are told that Murderbot has hacked its “governor” – a deeply flawed piece of regulatory software that ensures its adherence to protocol – and could conceivably go on an indiscriminate murder spree whenever it wants. It doesn’t, though, because like most of us it just wants to watch tv serials and not be hunted down and destroyed by angry humans who don’t want to be murdered. So Murderbot performs its duties protecting the scientific survey team it was assigned to, faithful to the programming it doesn’t technically have to adhere to anymore in order to jealously guard its secret self – until protecting the team and keeping its secret become incompatible. Lest you think this is just a cerebral character study about living with double consciousness, let me assure you that it is mostly made up of robot battles and bullets shredding things and shit blowing up – its thinkiness is an important complimentary component of the whole, but far from the whole itself. In other words, "All Systems Red" is the best kind of science fiction. Murderbot’s character arc – a journey from insular self-awareness to true self-knowledge – is the story’s heart, and its most entertaining feature as well.

  • Caro M.
    2019-04-06 08:12

    ... if he was to be a real boy, he must always be a good boy. Gepetto loved him dearly, but Pinocchio was quite naughty and rarely spoke the truth. As soon as he lied... Oh wait, it's a different story. Or is it?.. But of course it is! Or not?... Omg it's so enjoyable to mess with your minds right now! All right, all right, enough.This cover is absolutely awesome but also super misleading considering book's plot. Which was not disappointing in no way. I think I found my next favourite ongoing series and I can't wait for the next episode. The plot of this one was super simple. SecUnit, an android with half robotic, half organic body, calling itself cutely a "murderbot" (that's its job) has hacked its governing system and now has gone rogue... What happens next is this whole novel which you should definitely try, if you're into fast, funny and short sci-fi. Yes, funny, you read me right. If you won't find it funny we're probably from different planets. Which is ok and means we can start cultural exchange. But first you have to read it... No, seriously, go read it and I will personally apologize to you if you give it less than 3 stars*!* Only if you're my Goodreads friend. No refunds to strangers! >:P

  • Mimi
    2019-03-26 04:17

    Between 4 and 5 starsRTC* * * * *Release date set for May 2.You can see the cover reveal and read an except at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sc...

  • Kaitlin
    2019-04-10 00:10

    Murderbot is a part robot, part human construct designed to function as Security for humans. They are a bit different from most of the Company SepcUnits becuase they have modified themselves to take out the control that the Company and the humans have over them, but they know that this is incredibly dangerous for them and so they have to keep this hidden and just pretend to still be functioning as they should.I really liked the character of Murderbot as it's really quite a grump when it comes to humanity and it's quite cynical about our kind. I enjoyed the inner monologues and pessimistic outlook a lot more than I expected, becuase a snarky but witty robot is always something worth reading about.This is the story of a team on a new planet who are conducting research but whilst they are there they are interrupted by an attack and Murderbot has to rescue some of them. Quickly it comes to light that the attack may not have just been chance, and we follow the team as they try (with Murderbot's help) to uncover what really went on and who is acting against them...I found this a fun and quick read with some great twists and ideas. The characterisation is brilliant, and the story is good fun too so I am very happy I finally got to read this one and I am certain that I want to continue on with the series too. Solid 4*s from me :)

  • sage
    2019-04-04 05:16

    1. Has anyone optioned this for a TV series yet? Because that is a thing that needs to happen.2. Murderbot is amazing.3. Team PreservationAux is amazing.4. This is exactly the asexual counterpart to Westworld we needed.5. No really. Option this. I want a whole freaking Murderbot FRANCHISE. Cannot wait for book 2.

  • Miriam
    2019-03-28 01:18

    Murderbot doesn't want to murder anyone.Murderbot just wants to be free.Free to binge-watch soap operas.Is that too much to ask?

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-04-10 07:19

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/11/07/...Reading Martha Wells is always such a delight, but All Systems Red seemed like such a departure from her usual projects so I had no idea what to expect. As it turned out though, this little novella was a real treat.Told from the point of a view of a rogue SecUnit—a part organic, part synthetic android designed to provide humans with protection and security services—this story takes readers on a journey to a distant planet being explored by team of scientists. Accompanying them is our protagonist, a self-proclaimed “Murderbot”, whose presence is required by the Company sponsoring the mission. Thing is though, Murderbot doesn’t exactly feel warm and fuzzy towards humans, and it knows that the scientists aren’t too comfortable with having a SecUnit on the team either, given the cagey way they get whenever it’s around.Still, that’s just fine for Murderbot. Having hacked its own governor so that it doesn’t have to follow Company directives, all it wants is to be left alone to enjoy the thousands of hours of entertainment vids that it has downloaded from the humans’ satellites. Of course, no one can suspect that Murderbot is secretly autonomous, so it still has to go about its job like everything is normal, and this arrangement was working out just fine until one day, a routine surface test goes seriously wrong. Murderbot ends up saving the day, earning the admiration and curiosity of the team leader, Dr. Mensah. Soon, Murderbot is left with no choice but to take the lead in defending the scientists, when disaster strikes another neighboring expedition on the planet and threatens to come after them next.Having read a few of the author’s Raksura novels, I was already familiar with her penchant for throwing readers into the thick of things, leaving them to gradually feel everything out for themselves. Thus I was unsurprised with the way this story opened—by unceremoniously dropping us into Murderbot’s head with hardly any context and minimal background information given. It takes a while to even grasp the kind of protagonist Murderbot is: an artificial entity, albeit a very sentient and self-aware one, complete with personality quirks and a dry sense of humor. While I’ve read plenty of books starring robot protagonists, I can honestly say I’ve never met one quite as unique and interesting as Murderbot. Martha Wells may be tight-fisted when it comes to the details, but she knows exactly how to get your attention. Everything from Murderbot’s anti-social tendencies to its love of cheesy soap operas made me want to keep reading to discover more about the character and why it is telling this story.At just a little under 150 pages though, and with so much ground to cover, there’s not much opportunity to stop and take a breath. As much as I loved how this book was so snappy and fast-paced, you do have to find your footing quickly or risk getting left behind. This means learning and familiarizing yourself with the characters as soon as they’re introduced, and most of them, like the humans on the science team, are only going to be lightly sketched. This was probably my only criticism; considering how over time, Murderbot comes to see the team as “its humans” and become very protective of them, it would have been helpful to develop those characters a bit more, especially since our protagonist begins this tale by being very disdainful of them.Still, there wasn’t much else I didn’t enjoy about this book. It was entertaining, and more importantly, it also felt complete to me, unlike a lot of novellas that leave me wanting more. Plus, this snarky first-person narrative style is quite different from what I’m used to when it comes to Wells, but I think I could grow to like it! Murderbot’s narration was a joy to follow, and I even found myself chuckling at many of the story’s scenes. Overall, I found myself pleasantly surprised, and I definitely would not hesitate recommending All Systems Red to anyone looking for a quick sci-fi fix with a fun and captivating premise. I was excited when I found out this was going to be a series, and I can’t wait to check out the next installment of the Murderbot Diaries.

  • Veronique
    2019-04-20 06:13

    "I COULD HAVE BECOME a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites."As first sentences go, this is an arresting one that immediately grabs you through its meaning and tone! And this is the strength of this novella - the voice of its main character - a security bot, part biological, part synthetic, 'rented' to a group of scientists manning experiments on a new planet. "Murderbot", as It calls itself in private, sounds completely 'human' through its thoughts, sarcasm, predilection for watching serials, and boredom from its 'job', in charge of security for forever changing groups of people that only see it as a fixture. Even its anti-social tendencies ring true, more symptoms of someone not used to interact than dislike, as proved by its loyalty and determination in saving its humans. The current team happens to be more respectful than precedent ones, and due to weird happenings that put them all in serious danger, fertile ground for development. Loved it :0)

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2019-04-13 03:19

    Maybe 4.5* but I had to bump it to 5* because I was just so happy while reading it.

  • Alice Cai
    2019-03-25 06:15

    0.25* dnf: 27% It's only 144 pages too that's how shit it is. THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTE SHIT I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR. THE WRITING IS MEDIOCRE SHIT TOO.Barely any description about what the technology actually looks like. There is also no description on the settings either. There were other things I hated, but the story having no description was the worst part. The main character is a murderbot that has social anxiety. It's not done in a relatable way at all. "Omg they hate me because I'm a robot". It's just said over and over again that the main character feels awkward around humans. Later on the story points out that since the main character is a robot it has no gender and doesn't care about sex. Again there's a whole paragraph on this and it doesn't feel naturally integrated into the story at all. "Look I'm trying to be diverse". Yeah it's a robot of course it doesn't have to have a gender. Another thing is that the main character reads actually like a girl so this whole gender neutral thing is not working out. I'm not actually sure what a murderbot is yet, but I'm not reading the whole thing to find out.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-12 00:12

    I enjoyed this a lot. It's a brief, consistently entertaining story from the POV of an android who just wants to keep its head down and watch tv between stints of getting shot at.I didn't know it was a novella, going in, and was disappointed at the brevity, but the story is complete in itself, while being the beginning of more.Recommended.

  • William
    2019-04-02 00:15

    Wham, bam, Thank you, Bot!Even better than all the reviews!What great fun, great pacing, great central mystery, good science, real living characters, in-your-face prose, and a delicious murder-bot with serious attitude. A too-short novella, and I can't wait for more (spring 2018, I hope).My education modules were such cheap crap; most of the useful things I knew about security I learned from the edutainment programming on the entertainment feeds.So nice to see a future with realistic f***ing attitude to faceless corporations...The other good thing about my hacked governor module is that I could ignore the governor’s instructions to defend the stupid company.Notes:15.0% "... Wow, great fun, in-your-face prose, fast paced sci-fi!" 18.0% "...My education modules were such cheap crap; most of the useful things I knew about security I learned from the edutainment programming on the entertainment feeds." 25.0% "... loving this. Fabulous pacing, bot with a serious attitude, central mystery with peril, awesome!" 27.0% "... So nice to see a future with realistic f'cking corporations...The other good thing about my hacked governor module is that I could ignore the governor’s instructions to defend the stupid company." 80.0% "... wonderful fun. Sharp, spare and real. Great true characters and behaviour"

  • Jack +The Page Runner+
    2019-04-09 07:33

    Well that was a fun little diversion. And by little, I mean LITTLE! This is, hands down, the shortest book I've read all year. And also probably the easiest read I've done all year. Given my penchant for reading large and/or heady books, this one was pretty much a "blink and you'll miss it" deviation for me. It was also our book club pick following the behemoth that was Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, and we chose it because it was an easy read, which we felt was necessary after wading through the 1000+ pages of TWoK.So what did I think of All Systems Red? Well, it was...good. That's about the best I can come up with at the moment. I loved the idea of a rogue Security bot that hacked its own governor, stopped caring about the corporate mission, and decided to basically be a TV junkie. And the fact that it refers to itself as Murderbot was just priceless. But outside of those concepts, the story just didn't really move me like I hoped it would.Part if this is, I'm sure, due to the brevity of the tale. There's not a lot of room for character arcs or deep plotting in a story this short. And I get it...it's not supposed to be a monster story. This is popcorn entertainment, and it achieves that goal rather well. But, that being said, I still was left feeling a little cold after reading All Systems Red. Nobody really gets any backstory or context, the people in the tale are essentially just random people who are assigned various archetypes and behaviors to stand out. I never got much of a visual of any of them. As for Murderbot, while admired the snarky way in which it narrated its tale, I still wanted to know more about it, and this never really came to pass.Another thing that took away from my enjoyment is the way in which the narrative unfolds. I've read several books where the storytelling was...incidental at best. But All Systems Red takes the cake. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was just kind of half-explained or defined. From the action to the locations to the characters themselves, nothing is written in much detail. In fact, the action scenes were comprised mostly of passages that read something like "I ran at it while shooting my projectile weapon. It was shooting at me at the same time. I got hit a few times, but I managed to find a vital area on my opponent and take it down." And...that's it. The problem with writing like this is it robs the story of any sense of drama or suspense. It's all so...casual. And that casual writing makes the narrative casual as well, which doesn't help to engage the reader as much.Because this is a short novella, we jump from sequence to sequence pretty quickly, but even on things that I felt should have been given more weight, Martha Wells just kinda glosses over them. Not having read any of her other works, I can't say if this is just how she writes, or if she had to constrain herself to keep the story short & sweet. Again, I wanted more.But it's not all bad! Murderbot is a fun narrator, and carries the first person POV tale quite well. I enjoyed the snark, the sarcasm, and the flippancy in which it viewed most situations it found itself in. I loved how anti-social Murderbot was, and how it really just wanted to be left alone to watch its video entertainment...aka soap operas.The overall concept is also rather cool, but I feel that this could have been far more impactful as either a full-length novel or a larger novella. I wanted more heft with my tale, and I never received that. But I can see the potential here, and given that this is the first in a series of books, I think Martha Wells can certainly take this character in interesting directions. The ending of this one opens up all sorts of possibilities, and I'd like to see what is next for Murderbot.

  • Sana
    2019-03-30 00:19

    Murderbot's priorities are on my level: watching entertainment feeds > killing humans, anxious and awkward as hell and prefers to be left alone and not interact with any humans ever more than anything else. What's more, the plot is very entertaining and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS.----HOW TO COVER 101

  • Denise
    2019-03-30 05:38

    Hard to rate as the idea had charm but the world building wasn't fleshed out enough to seem coherent to me. The plot was pretty thin and a bit hard to follow. I'd read more about the MC if the author follows up with another story but I'd hope the editor and beta readers would give her more helpful guidance.

  • Audrey
    2019-03-30 08:20

    This is a short story or novella, rather than a novel, so its plot is rather simple and straightforward. It’s told in first person from the perspective of a genderless android known as SecUnit since it works in security. It likes the human crew it’s assigned to protect but feels awkward and shy about interacting with the humans socially.The science expedition is busy with expedition duties when a neighboring expedition disappears from communications. That’s the whole story. So the heart of the story is the SecUnit (which calls itself Murderbot) dealing with human interaction in crisis and non-crisis settings. With all the talk of android feelings, I kept thinking of “Red Dwarf”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBsDv...Androids have feelings, too.

  • Dan
    2019-03-24 06:36

    A quick, fun read, full of cynicism and wit. I enjoyed this book, and look forward to more in the series.

  • Tatiana
    2019-04-01 03:24

    I guess it’s popular because the story is kind of cute and feel-good? Not sure what else grabs readers here. It is hardly original or deep, and the mystery at its center is just average. It's Binti all over again.