Friday, September 21, 2018

Reviews - The Muderbot Diaries Books 1-3 by Martha Wells @marthawells1

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1
Publisher: Tor.com
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Date Read: September 3, 2018
Length:  156 pages
Source: Won @ Books of My Heart
★★★★☆
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 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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This was great!  I had a good feeling about this book when I found myself chuckling on the very first page.  This was a story that I didn't want to start once I got started which worked out perfectly since it is short enough to be read in a couple of hours.  I am glad that I finally decided to spend a little bit of time getting to know Murderbot.

Muderbot is a SecUnit that is technically rogue since it decided to hack its own governor module.  Obviously, Murderbot isn't letting anyone know that its governor module has been compromised because if the Company knew they would just get things working the way that they want once again.  Murderbot has developed a fondness for human media since going rogue and loves to spend long hours viewing downloaded media.  

The story was pretty exciting with some unexpected surprises along the way and plenty of action.  I loved Murderbot's view of the world and the humor woven into the story.  This is definitely a novella that science fiction fans will not want to miss.

I won a digital copy of this book from Books of My Heart.  Thanks, Anne!


Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #2
Publisher: Tor.com
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Date Read: September 17, 2018
Length:  158 pages
Source: Library
★★★★☆
It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I had a lot of fun with this story!  This installment is my favorite of the three that are currently available in the series.  I had kind of wondered where the series was going after the way the previous installment wrapped up but I trusted that Murderbot would not let me down and I was right.  

Murderbot is on a mission to find out what really happened in its past.  The SecUnit decides to hitch a ridge with a transport vessel and gets a little more than it bargained for in the process.  ART isn't a mindless vehicle and challenges Murderbot and offers guidance and assistance.  I really loved watching this unlikely pair work together on the mission.

This story had all of the excitement and action that I have come to expect from the series.  The humor really added to the story and I thought that the interaction between ART and Murderbot was oftentimes quite comical.  There was a pretty solid mystery that is tackled in this installment that kept me turning the pages.  

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #3
Publisher: Tor.com
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Date Read: September 20, 2018
Length:  158 pages
Source: Library
★★★★☆
SciFi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is again on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This was another great installment in the series!  These stories have been a lot of fun and I have found that each one tells a really big story in a rather small number of pages.  Murderbot is on another mission in this installment that kept me glued to the pages once again.  

Murderbot wants to find out what is really going on with the GrayCris Corporation.  The SecUnit poses as a security consultant when it encounters a group of people off to explore an abandoned facility.  The group has a bot, Miki, that they consider to be their friends which is somewhat confusing (and annoying) to Murderbot.  Of course, things go wrong and there is lots of action and excitement as Murderbot works to help save the day.

I really enjoyed seeing Murderbot interact with Miki who was a very different kind of bot.  Murderbot has seen people at their worst and expects for problems to occur while Miki has been treated like a trusted member of the group and seems rather innocent in its manner of thinking.  I really enjoyed being inside Murderbot's head as it worked to process a solution for the problem at hand.  I can't wait to start reading the next installment.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

The Murderbot Diaries Series
Book #1 - All Systems Red
Book #2 - Artificial Condition
Book #3 - Rogue Protocol
Book #4 - Exit Strategy (coming October 2, 2018!)
About the Author

MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

24 comments:

  1. I love this series! Murderbot's social anxieties and media obsession are just brilliant. It is so much funnier than I expected. I loved ART and hope we see more of it!

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    1. ART was amazing! I loved getting to know Murderbot :)

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  2. Every book brings new experience to Murderbot and new joy and laughs to me. I love this series. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  3. I haven't heard of these but they sound really good.

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  4. I am just getting set to start this series so glad to see you loved them.

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    1. I think that you will really enjoy this series, Sophia Rose!

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  5. I never heard of this series, but based on your review it sounds like one I would enjoy.

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    1. I hope you get the chance to give it a try, Nadene!

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  6. Oh oh, I do want to try this series!!!

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  7. I want to read all of these! They sound wonderful. I don't read nearly enough science fiction.

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    1. I just love the combination of science fiction and humor.

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  8. I have these on my wishlist so I am glad to see you enjoyed them!

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  9. This looks like such a good series. I'm expecting the fourth book to be Everywhere come October!

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  10. These are great, aren't they? I loved ART too, and Miki as well. I was surprised how attached I got to Miki! Wells does a fantastic job I think making us care about machines that are very much more than just machines! Can't wait for the next one. :)

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    1. She really did a fantastic job with giving each of these characters very well developed personalities. I am looking forward to reading the last book very soon.

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  11. I haven't read any of these but I REALLY want to. I've seen pretty much all positive reviews, and they make me think I'd love these too.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. They are a lot of fun, Lauren! I hope you get the chance to read the series soon.

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