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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells – Book Review

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Book Review

All Systems Red

Martha Wells

5/5

Science Fiction

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All Systems Red

Martha Wells

5/5

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“I liked the imaginary people on the entertainment feed way more than I liked real ones, but you can’t have one without the other.”

Synopsis

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.

Review

I loved this hilariously entertaining space opera.

Let’s talk characters. I’m pretty sure I’m a robot as I’ve never related to the main character of a book this much until I discovered Murderbot. Sarcastic, socially awkward, to-the-point. A robot created by man, but there’s so much character growth that I wasn’t expecting. He is on a mission with a group of scientists, constantly internal conflict between loving and hating them, and the interactions are hilarious and heartwarming at times.

Space Exploration. While All Systems Red has great characters, this is an action-packed space opera, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through; Always wondering what’s next.

This novella is just under 200 pages, and the plot progresses quickly, and we get so much packed into such a short time. You’re hooked with the mystery of the mission, entertained with humor, action, and the MC interacting with the world around them. The ending made me smile and wonder what’s next for Murderbot.

The only thing wrong with this book is that it’s too short, but I’ve already ordered the next one.

Update: I already finished the next one; read the review of Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) now.

Best,

Ashley

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