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Network Effect

(The Murderbot Diaries #5)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  49,654 ratings  ·  5,886 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
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Tor.com
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#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 ♡
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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
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[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-pa
Hugo Award *and* Nebula Award winner for Best Novel *and* Locus Magazine Award winner for Best Science Fiction 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
Dec 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries #5)
by Martha Wells, Kevin R. Free (Narrator)

2021 Hugo Award best novel: Network Effect
2021 Hugo Award for best series: The Murderbot Diaries

Murderbot is not kidding when it says that 90% plus of its problems are in its head. Life is getting more complicated for MB. Those around him keep mentioning feelings and using the "friend" word. Ick! It's bad enough that MB had to convince (okay, bribe) its former owner to go into extensive in-patient therapy, MB knows
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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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
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
murderbot for president of everything.

i read my first murderbot this year, way back in april, and now—six books and two short stories later, i cannot remember what life was like before murderbot stomped into my readerheart. it sounds stupid, but i feel positively enriched by these books and i don't know what i will do if she ever decides to stop writing this series.

this is the longest and most satisfying murderbot book, and i'm already looking forward to rereading it. because here's the thing—a
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jun 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
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The first Murderbot Diaries full length novel sparks new life into a series that was starting to get too predictable.

Murderbot is back, and this time in an actual novel compared to the previous four books where were novellas. This expanding of the story length strengthened the story in every conceivable way, and fixed many of the problems that plagued the last few entries in t
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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*** 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
Elle (ellexamines)
what if you were a research transport that was really awful and mean and I was a security robot who hacked my government ID and we watched television together and then (view spoiler)? these and other questions are answered in Martha Wells’ “Network Effect” (2020)

In the last Murderbot novella, corporation GrayCris [murder company, and hirer of rival security corporation Palisad
“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. :)

"...my 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!

(view spoiler)
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
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!
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Derus
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing



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 pla
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020-shelf
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
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.
Robin (Bridge Four)
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4.5 My life needs more Cyborgs in it Stars

Network Effect had just about everything I ever wanted in a full-length story about Murderbot.
1 – More character development - ✔
2 – More AI-mance time between Murderbot and ART -✔ 
3 – More pesky humans almost getting themselves killed - ✔
4 – More Murderbotisms - ✔✔✔
5 – More fake media shows to get involved with peripherally - ✔ 

Murderbot has spent a lot of time since we last saw it trying to figure out w
The Captain
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Book Clubbed
Jul 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been reading through these over the last month and was surprised to see that Wells switched to a full-length novel for this entry into the series. They work well as punchy, self-contained novellas, but I was excited to see how the story evolved in novel form.

This sequel actually reminds me a lot of the Fast & Furious series. No, wait, hear me out. I promise that’s a compliment. Fast & Furious movies are goofy but I enjoy the hell out of them. The only movie I’ve ever cried during is Fast
Michelle F
I love these books, and a reread is doing happy things for my soul

One of the things I appreciate so much is the exploration of connection throughout the whole series. In this full length novel we get to touch on multiple aspects of it: Murderbot's humans, the extended community of Murderbot's humans, ART (ART!), ART's humans, and various machines and constructs. In what can be, at surface level, a great adventure story with a fractious narrator, we're also getting a really careful consideration
J.L.   Sutton
Jul 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“No hugging,” I warned her. It was in our contract.”

"Do you know who you are?"
"I'm Murderbot 2.0."

Martha Wells, NETWORK EFFECT author » Fictitious Podcast

Martha Wells' Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) delivers more Murderbot fun! If you're familiar with the series, I'm not sure what more needs to be said. Murderbot's perspective, relationship with both humans and bots, as well as its predilection for a show called "Sanctuary Moon" still makes me smile. This is the first full-length novel in the series, and I was wondering how that would mak
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
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i have nothing more to say than “i love murderbot” so let me add “i love murderbot AND ART!”
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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)
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  • 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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