Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?
Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation,...more
Not only is ‘He’ highly intelligent ‘He’ is also personal and is burdened with ...more
Murderbot, the snarky, introverted cyborg hero of Martha Wells’ THE MURDERBOT DIARIES series, returns from its trip to Milu, the deserted terraforming facility in space. The cyborg Security Unit ― which has committed the unprecedented crime of hacking its “governor” that required it to obey orders ― was searching on Milu for additional evidence against ...more
Murberbot continues its adventures, and exploring the learning curve of what it means to be a Murderbot. Absolutely solid balance between planning, action, and dialogue in this installment.
"It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except for all the facts, like ...more
It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except for all the facts, like something out of a historical adventure serial.
Amazing. As always.
I’ve written a full review for the Murderbot series before, so I guess the biggest thing I have to say about this conclusion novella is that it sticks to everything it has already succeeded at. This series is… so much fun, and also one of my favorite examples of playing with tropes I’ve ever ...more
Emotions Galore: “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells
“’I don’t want to be human.’
Dr. Mensah said: [...] ‘We tend to think that because a bot or a construct looks human, its ultimate goal would be to become human.’
‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.’”
In “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells
SecUnits are sentient constructs, part machine, part organic, largely human in form and created in part with human tissue, that are owned by ...more
In Exit Strategy Murderbot gets himself into even more trouble than usual and practically the whole book is action as he escapes from seemingly impossible situations and rescues various people against all odds. As the books have gone along he has increased his capabilities with every event and by now he can apparently control whole space stations with his hacking abilities.
I suppose I should really say 'it', not he, but by now Murderbot seems practically ...more
Either way, it is certainly has more humanity than most humans. The story is peppered with humor, lots of action, adventure, corporate intrigue, and fantastic tech busting from our favorite murderbot! It is a super hacker on two artificial legs! A wild ride through the universe with one ...more
Who knew that going completely rogue, hacking his/her own programming, and calling no shots but his/her own could be so HAIRY?
Oh, wait... EVERYONE knew that. :)
I know I just got done hacking my own programming and just went through the exact same issues as our favorite Murderbot. Guilt. Emotion. Friendship. Yeah. I hate all those things, too.
But at least I have my SF soaps! Soaps make everything ...more
I'm a big fan of Well's capitalist future gone awry sci-fi world and of her memorable and fantastic lead character, the security unit, Murderbot! Our favourite grumpy, socially anxious, security bot is this series only POV character and that really works as Murderbot is a truly unique character with an engaging voice. That unique voice allows Wells the ability to get both humour and touching emotional moments into ...more
“I was having an emotion, and I hate that.”
Dr. Mensah, one of the said humans that Murderbot might care about has been
I knew interpreting the emotional subtext in the speech and appearance of real humans was completely different from interpreting it in shows and serials. (For one thing, the shows and serials were trying to communicate accurately with the viewer. As far as I could tell, real humans usually didn’t know what the hell they were doing.)
By tricky I meant I was getting an average of an 85 percent chance of failure and death, and it was only that low because my last ...more
“By tricky I meant I was getting an average of an 85 percent chance of failure and death, and it was only that low because my last diagnostic said my risk assessment module was wonky. (I know, that explains a lot about me.)”
Satisfaction level: 100% - Still reeling from impact! WOO-HOOO
“I don’t want to be human.”
What we hoped finally happens. Murderbot upon finding out that Dr Mensah and her team are in danger decides to come to the rescue.
Yes, this is a Space Opera kind of story with great action scenes, but ultimately it is Rin’s character that grabs you. Its self deprecation and snarky side are so relatable and likeable, but even more so is witnessing Its psychological and emotional development.
Trust Wells to give us a great ‘open’ resolution to this series of ...more
My only complaint about this series is that I think I would have preferred to read them all consecutively. They really are serial installments in a single story, and I feel ...more
Murderbot reunites with the team he was protecting in book one, only to find that GrayCris is holding Dr. Mensah hostage. Murderbot, cranky and super sarcastic as always, must find a way to deal with this new situation. Which it does, in its misanthropic, humourous and brilliant style.
I loved this whole series, and am so glad there's more Murderbot to come.
Murderbot is wonderful. Renewing the contact with Mensah and her crew as the only humans who actually know it for what ...more
What can I tell you about this book... if you already liked the first three novellas you'll enjoy this one too. It brings our favourite bot full circle. Back to the company of the original crew in All Systems Red. Except this time they have the data to cause a ...more
Exit Strategy closes out the Murderbot Diaries quartet of novellas, and while it’s a bit on the tame side compared to all that came before, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to tie everything together. For those who have been on this crazy ride since the beginning, you will also be delighted to know this book takes us back to the beginning, to the event and people who started it all.
At the end of the last book, ...more
Anyway, more about Exit Strategy though. Oh god, I am in love with this conclusion! I am not sure I have consistently rated nearly all the books in the series with 5 stars, but this is what it will be for Murderbot. ...more
I had a great time with this newest installment in the Murderbot Diaries series. After reading the previous three installments in the series, I knew that I was going to have to read about Murderbot's further adventures just as soon as I could. This is a novella length piece that could easily be read in a single evening. I do think that this series is best read in order since this newest entry touched on things that happened in ...more
There's going to be a novel to follow this, and I really really hope a large amount of it involves Gurathin/Murderbot interaction, but I suppose that's probably not too likely. They'd make a great buddy cop comedy.
I used to tell myself that I only like sci-fi books that don't have anything to do with actual space, flying ships and big gun battles. Well, I was wrong, apparently. I might not know my reading tastes as well as I think I do.
MurderBot should just change its name to ICareALotBot, or LookAtAllTheseFeelingsBot.
Exit Strategy was an amazing addition to an already amazing series. BUT, book 5 better have ART in it or I riot.
Because you cannot just bring up ART in every ...more
Being Murderbot has its ups and downs.
Possibly I was overthinking this. I do that; it's the anxiety that comes with being part-organic murderbot. The upside was paranoid attention to detail. The downside was also paranoid attention to detail.Trust, community, acceptance are not easy to navigate and Murderbot is working through them as they solve the puzzle that's been plaguing them. Now, with that monkey off their back, Murderbot just needs to figure out what ...more
If I hadn‘t been so tired last night, I would have read this in one sitting. Very good. Not as fast paced as the last one, a little lighter on humour, but still full of the expected snark and eye-rolling. Nice ending to this story arc. It lacked a little of the suspense and tension of the previous novellas in my opinion, but it was ...more
Well, not final, I guess, since there is going to be a Murderbot novel in 2020 (hooray!), but final FOR NOW. The initial arc of Murderbot becoming a person has concluded.
We come full circle in Exit Strategy, with Murderbot traveling back to rescue Dr. Mensah, and teaming up with the initial group of humans from All Systems Red. Murderbot's irrational grudge against Gurathin continues to give me life:
"I don’t want to be a pet robot."...more
"I don’t think