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Network Effect

(The Murderbot Diaries #5)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  31,415 ratings  ·  3,955 reviews
Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel.

You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine progr
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Published May 5th 2020 by
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K. F. Understand - yes
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But if you read #2, you'll enjoy it even more.
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Understand - yes
Enjoy - yes

But if you read #2, you'll enjoy it even more.
And if you've read #1 - #4, you'll enjoy it most.

#1 - #4 are all short but amazing books, I see absolutely no reason why one would want to read #5 without having read the others.
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chai ♡
Not to be dramatic or anything, but...

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction, arc
4.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Martha Wells’ Murderbot has been gathering enthusiastic fans (which would be certain to have Murderbot hiding behind its opaque armored faceplate), along with multiple Nebula, Hugo and other awards and nominations, as each of the first four novellas in the MURDERBOT DIARIES series has been published over the last three years. In Network Effect, the first full-length novel in this series, Wells is able to explore a more complex plot and to mor
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
[4.5/5 stars!] There are few things in life that make me happier than spending time with Murderbot.

… which is ironic, considering it would rather do literally anything than be social. The Novellas alone were enough to solidify the series as an all-time favorite, so discovering this full-length novel was in the works immediate jumped it to the top of my priority list for 2020. Network Effect was every bit as sardonic, action-packed, and endearing as the novellas, but took it one step further by a
Nebula Award winner for Best Novel. Yup, Murderbot is the absolute best SecUnit out there. Am I ecstatic? Take one guess.
“(You know, if you don’t want to be manually eviscerated with your own energy weapon then maybe you shouldn’t go around killing research transports and antagonizing rogue SecUnits.)”
I finally figured out that one of the reasons I love Murderbot so much is that it’s my soul-sibling. MB’s preemptive pessimism and expectation of the worst case scenario every time it is
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US Today 12/28/20

4.5 stars! I love Murderbot!!

I was stoked when there was going to be a full length novel of our favorite MB! I’m hoping there are many more books to come. There are more of the characters we love in the book as well and the usual mess that ensues!

I’m going to leave it with a few lines from the book!

(Humans have a bad tendency to use weapons unnecessarily and indiscriminately. Of the many times I had been shot, a depressingly large percentage of hits ha
First of all, it's Murderbot. So 'four stars' here is about a million for a normal read. But I struggled with Network Effect. Yes, pandemic, yada, yada. The fact is, while I was waiting for this to come out, I was able to read the quartet of novellas back-to-back, and appreciate the sense of growth in 'Bot's character. Starting from a largely indifferent security AI ("as you may have noticed, I didn't care") to a being that risked security and function to save the human who consistently recogniz ...more
Post-release thoughts aka Review: I loved this book so much, and that of course means I am at a loss to describe it. I also read it almost three months ago, and am only now attempting to write this review. This means BULLET POINTS.

But first, I do want to say that I was very pleased with the first outing of Murderbot in novel form, as opposed to novella. I enjoyed spending a longer page count with Murderbot, whose character arc continues to develop in a pleasing fashion. I will be sad and displea
K.J. Charles
Marvellous. Incredibly readable and deeply humane depiction of a friendship, which is funny because the protagonists are a misanthropic and deeply traumatised killer cyborg that just wants to watch soap operas, and the utterly amoral AI of a large spaceship. Murderbot is a fantastic creation, and the emotional arc is deeply engaging as it reluctantly develops feelings, and friendships, and responsibilities. The external plot is a bit out of focus at points, but the joy of this is all in the char ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2020
Everything I was hoping for! To be honest this full length book was no different from the previous novellas except in its number of pages. Murderbot was still its cranky, sarcastic, amazing self. The story went from one action sequence to the next. And that special little bit of magic that Wells weaves into her writing to keep the reader captivated was still there.

Loved the return of ART who is cranky, sarcastic and amazing, just like Murderbot! I enjoyed the way the author brought the Preservat
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 4.75***

"... “I was having an emotion, and I hate that.”
― Martha Wells, Exit Strategy "

It is obvious I love this series - I engulfed the whole thing in two days. What I would like people to know about the Murderbot Diaries is that yes, it is a Sci-fi series with a cyborg for the main character, but it should not be read by Science Fiction fans only. If you are at all interested in the way humans relate to each other and how those with either body dysmorphia or Asperger's aspects might view th
Second read (Jan 2021)
I retain my rating. The story got overly long and bored the heck out of me after halfway and only picked up in the last few chapters. I don't need to be told each step SecUnit took, architectural features it observed, or technical details it was pondering about. At first I thought it's because the audio, but even reading the ebook version I still had the same experience. Glad the next one would be in novella length again.

First read (May 2020)
Revising my previous rating to
“Surely they won’t suspect anything,” Ratthi was saying to the others at the bulk dock. “Who runs around with a friendly rogue SecUnit? Besides us, I mean.” I DO, I DO, I DO. :)

" risk assessment module thought everything was great. (I know, it worries me when I say that, too.)"

Performance reliability: 200%

Murderbot is back and gets emotionally compromised!

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So many feelings! Oops, I said the f word - Murderbot is going to be cross with me. But I can't help myself. Since my loss, the release of this book is the only thing I've been looking forward to this year and it didn't disappoint.

Things I loved:
☑ ART is back!! I feel that I can write reams on this alone but I'll have to wait until my second or third re-read. I loved the way Ms. Wells how the Preservation folks and ART came together - even if Murderbot didn't. Of course, the most shocking devel
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No Spoilers

If you've been reading author Martha Wells' award-winning “Murderbot Diaries” novellas, you have no doubt been cheering on the title character ‘Murderbot’ from the sidelines for four adventures so far.
Wells' latest, “Network Effect”, is the first full-length novel featuring our


artificially intelligent robot. For those unfamiliar, I'll give you some time to catch up on the first four books… (Jeopardy music) Done .... ? OK, well that might not be long e
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-owned, arc
Somewhere between 4 to 4.5 stars... guys, Murderbot is back and it has stolen my heart even more than before! I cannot begin to express how comfy and cozy I feel spending time in Murderbot's head, so I'm so glad I had this book in my arsenal as a comfort read after the tornados in my neighborhood this week. Murderbot is the killer humanoid that I love cheering for, and this first full length novel gave me plenty of opportunities to root for them in crazy situations. ART is back and the interplay ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Network Effect
By: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Series: Murderbot Diaries, Book 5
Nothing like listening to Murderbot all day! Chases away the blues! Both Art and our Murderbot are more human than most people! What a fun book! Full of wit, humor, great sci-fi, AIs that DO care despite what they claim, action, aliens, and adventure! A feel good story!
There's gonna be a full-length novel coming out... *checks calendar*... in 2020. That's actually very optimistic of Tor, assuming that we're gonna make it to 2020. But I'm excited (for the book).


Cover reveal and excerpt:

* * * * *

So I was wrong. We did make it to 2020.

* * * * *

Wrote that ^^ back in February. It is now May. Obviously I spoke too soon and jinxed it.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-shelf, sci-fi
The quirky security robot has certainly made a splash over the last few years. I've enjoyed the popcorn fun for exactly what it is: a noir tale with a take on prejudice set in a space opera mil-SF.

The fighting is always fun and the characterization is even better.

In this particular novel, expanding on the story and action compared to the previous novellas, we get the best of all worlds. It gets truly funny and the amusing relationships become rather heartwarming by the end.

Fights, hacking, su
The Captain
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Update (5/5/2020): Ahoy there mateys!!!   RELEASE DAY!!!!!  I LOVE MURDERBOT!!!!!!

The crew should know at this point that I LOVE MURDERBOT!!!  In fact, it be fair to say I be a bit obsessed.  I have read the four novellas in the series multiple times and have disciplined those crew members who have not yet met the Murderbot.  I consider know meself as the number one fan.  I read this FULL-LENGTH Murderbot novel a while back because Matey Tammy @ Books,Bones,&Buffy gave me an Arc.  Then I reread
Richard Derus
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


When you get to the moment in reading a series of stories that you think you know what's coming next, and then you're kinda right but a whole lot wrong, that's when you know for sure you're in the right place at the right time.

I knew for sure I'd get Murderbot being its deeply cynical, snarky
Network is the first full length novel in the Murderbot Diaries and picks up soon after the events of Exit Strategy. Once again one of Murderbot’s friends is in danger and now it will do whatever it takes to save them.

What can I say my friends, if you loved the novellas, you will surely love this one too! Wells took everything we loved from those and kicked it up 10 notches in this book.
Murderbot makes me remember why I love to read. It is just a frolicking good time with so much sass and hear
myo (myonna reads)
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
i have nothing more to say than “i love murderbot” so let me add “i love murderbot AND ART!”
Milda Page Runner
Not much to say here - rating speaks for itself - and if you read previous books you know what to expect.
Few non-spoilery highlights for shits and giggles:

“It’s a security unit. A bot/human construct.”
Target Leader didn’t seem to believe him. “Why does it look like a person?”
I said, “I ask myself that sometimes.”

Situation assessment: I have no idea.

Oh, shit. Seriously: oh, shit. My organic parts had a reaction that reminded me how lucky I was not to have a digestive system.

Spencer Orey
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
More murderbot greatness. This is such a good series.

This is the first one I listened to on audiobook, and while I thought the narrator was fine, I missed the intimacy of reading murderbot's voice. Looks like I'll have to read it again sometime.
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rejected
Vastly overpriced, insanely overpriced, obscenely overpriced series.

I loved the first book, but refuse to be robbed for the others, especially with mediocre reviews. Ms Wells and/or her publishers should calm down and realise that fair pricing will make her more money in the long run.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would never stop being novel to be around a bunch of humans in a relatively confined space and be able to close a door between me and them and not have to care what they were doing.
Which didn't mean the humans left me alone.

At some point in the reread of the novellas leading up to my finally getting around to this book, this series went from "really love this smart and funny series" to "completely under my skin and emotionally affecting me now" (I'm not blind to the parallels with Murderbot a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Martha Wells once again shows us why her Murderbot series is so beloved with a new installment. This time though, there’s also extra reason to rejoice, because our favorite serial-watching, cynically cranky rogue SecUnit is back in its first full-length standalone novel, and speaking as fan who has been eagerly anticipating Network Effect ever since its announcement, the book was well worth the wait.

So, what’s a Murderbo
Shaun Hutchinson
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Murderbot, I love you.
***Winner of the 2020 Nebula Award for Best Novel***

The first full-length Murderbot novel.

I'll be completely honest with you, I didn't care much about the plot of this one. Maybe because of the underwhelming first couple of chapters that made me start the book four times before I finally managed to focus on what is happening, or because of its middle-part when the pacing experienced a system shutdown and the plot was searching for the way to somewhere, for one reason or another this ended up in
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020


Murderbot is back with a new edge-of-your-seat space adventure and the good news is that the basic story format, the one that I have come to expect from Martha Wells in the previous four novellas, scales up very well to a full novel length.

The plot starts with a bang right from the start, as our cranky SecUnit must once more save her human team on a survey ship from a terrorist attack, and the pacing never flags for the rest of the journey, while the stakes get higher. I was too busy turni
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Martha Wells has been an SF/F writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993, and her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, The Death of the Necromancer, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries series, media tie-ins for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, YA novels, and non-fiction. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hug ...more

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The Murderbot Diaries (9 books)
  • All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
  • Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
  • Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)
  • Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
  • Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries, #6)
  • Untitled (The Murderbot Diaries, #7)
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