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Fugitive Telemetry

(The Murderbot Diaries #6)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  206 reviews
No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of peo
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Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by
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Bruno Although I have not read it yet, I would not recommend taking it as a standalone. As I see it, the lore included into previous titles of the series co…moreAlthough I have not read it yet, I would not recommend taking it as a standalone. As I see it, the lore included into previous titles of the series contributes greatly to the comprehension and enjoyment of the story, including the understanding of its main and sub characters.(less)
Rowan I really hope not. If you read Network Effect, it certainly looks like Martha Wells is setting Murderbot up to go off and do something else after that…moreI really hope not. If you read Network Effect, it certainly looks like Martha Wells is setting Murderbot up to go off and do something else after that ending (trying to avoid spoilers here). This isn't that book, this is set on Preservation Station before Network Effect. (less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Update #3: So my brother, another Murderbot fan, was coming into town about a week ago and let me know that he was VERY anxious to read Murderbot's next adventure. I thought, well, I can reread my ARC of Fugitive Telemetry and write my review for it and then loan him the book. Excellent plan! I'm on it!

The rereading part went great. The actual writing of the review ... not so much. So my brother left town, sadly, without the book, which is still sitting here on my coffee table. But here is the
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of 'Bot
2021 is looking to be a pretty special year. No, I don’t mean the vaccine, although that’s pretty amazing. No, I mean Murderbot is back in a solid novella. While I’m contractually bound to not repeat the approximately 80 highlights I made while reading, I can assure you that it is filled with ‘Bot’s trademark sarcastic thoughts on humans, slow thought processes, and complicated facial expressions.

"Oh good, maybe the security level would go from barely adequate to mostly adequate. I didn't make a
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars] I’ll be the first to admit that I love Murderbot so much that anything published in the series immediately gets a baseline rating of three stars… anything I find particularly amusing above and beyond expectation launches it up from there. The full-length novel (book #5) had all the Murderbot attributes but, after some distance from my initial impressions (and review), I don’t think the extended plot did the story any favors. It was a bit repetitive and could’ve benefitted from a mo ...more
May 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
Am I already putting the sixth entry in the Murderbot Diaries series on my TBR list before I have even acquired and read book 5? YOU BET YOUR ASS I AM THANK YOU BOOK DEPOSITORY FOR CLUING ME INTO THIS GORGEOUS ENTRY HELL YESSSSS
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fugitive Telemetry
By Martha Wells

Fugitive Telemetry is book 6 in the Murderbot Diary series, and here Martha Wells proves that a satisfying story doesn’t have to be 500 pages long. Each of these sci-fi thriller novellas are fewer than 200 pages, and very filling.

Murderbot, the SecUnit’s secret name, is a combat-made killing machine that has decoded the governing device so it no longer needs to obey orders. No other SecUnit has ever done this and remained in one piece. Having the device gone, it
More Murderbot for the soul!

I am obviously not going to say anything particularly specific or risk even slight spoilers, so this review will be somewhat vague. The thing is, if you've read Murderbot thus far, you're gonna want to keep reading Murderbot, so I don't really think I need specifics to convince people to read this book.

What it's left me contemplating is mostly... the bizarre way Murderbot makes friends, and the way that I find this process particularly heartwarming. The thing is, Murd
Veronica Belmont
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sl-laser, scifi
So happy to have an opportunity to catch up with Murderbot! In Fugitive Telemetry, Murderbot gets to experience what it’s like to solve a murder mystery, much like one of their favorite soap operas. Gone is most of the self-doubt that they have previously shared internally in past books — this feels like a more self-assured Murderbot, who understands even more keenly how the rest of the universe sees and reacts to them.

While we get to see some old friends in this story, this book stands on it’s
Book Deli
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Full review is also available on my blog!

Murderbot is, without a doubt, one of my favourite characters I've ever read about. I want nothing more than to be its best friend, even though it would HATE that. I was a little bit apprehensive going into this book simply because it was the first time I've read this series as opposed to listening to the audiobook, and I was worried Murderbot's sass wouldn't come across the same way as it does in the audiobooks.

I was wrong to be worried, as the book is
May 07, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!


I just love these blurbs 😂👏



Set between Exit
Rian *fire and books*
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, lgbtqia
Unsurprisingly I gave 5 stars to the SIXTH entry into one of my favorite series, The Murderbot Diaries.

If you haven’t read these books by now you really should. It’s the perfect blend of dry and sarcastic humor with a dash of heart wrapped up in a sci-fi adventure. Or in this installments case... a murder mystery!
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
(Hey, I don't want me, either, but I'm stuck with me.)

Murderbot is on Preservation Station, and trying to find a place for itself among the annoying humans. When a dead human is found in one of the alleys, all signs point to Murderbot—until Dr Mensah steps in and gets it assigned to the investigation. Is GrayCris behind the dead human? Or is it something else—something more nefarious?

(I've never been on a contract on an uninhabited world because if I was on a planet on a contract then we'd be in
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review for Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

A huge thank you TorDotComPub for the early copy and the opportunity to read and review it!

“When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)”

My Thoughts
I was so excited to get an ear
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
4,5 stars

Thank you to Tor and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

Murderbot is back! In between watching Sanctuary Moon and their protection detail, they now have to solve a murder!

Set on Preservation Station we get a real murder mystery with Murderbot. I found it interesting to see how everything is set up on Preservation Station and how their friends all were so positive she should be with them when the station isn't real
h o l l i s
So let's get the mild bits that bummed me out.. out of the way. First of all, this is a novella length installment again, after book five was full length. Not too bad, really, as we're mostly used to this. However the major thing that bummed me out? No ART.

If you aren't already into this series you totally should be.

My review for this is fairly short but expect the rest closer to release date!

3.5 stars

** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dear Murderbot, this is your Dear John letter. You saw this coming, right? You must have. Six books and not one ringing success. It’s that unnecessarily oversized book five that really delivered the final blow, though out of basic decency and a need to meet obligations, I read book six as it was provided for review purposes. And while I appreciated you returning to a much more suitable (and a personal favorite) novella format, the brevity alone no longer does the trick.
It won’t matter to you,
Jesse Ruth (Oracleofmadness)
Thank you Tor Dot Com for this advanced readers copy!

This new Murderbot Diaries novella was another incredible installment to the series. If you love Murderbot then you will not be let down!

I love all the "Oh, shit" moments and the way Murderbot deals with the humans. What I love even more is the way I really need these stories, need Murderbot. I can see the social anxiety and the depression and the sometimes surprise and sometimes not when a person makes a negative judgment against them just f
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
4.5/5! It's Murderbot, I love Murderbot, if you're reading goodreads reviews of Murderbot Diaries #6 you probably also love Murderbot, my verdict is: VERY ENJOYABLE MURDERBOT CONTENT.

Martha Wells has created another well-paced, interesting storyline that I won't detail here and once again utilized her preternatural ability to make me like EVERY. SINGLE. SIDE CHARACTER.

When I started Fugitive Telemetry, I wasn't expecting it to take place on Preservation Station (ostensibly?) between the fourth
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This reads much more like a novella or short story than a full-length novel, but it was still immensely enjoyable. Murderbot gets to be a detective in this - tracking down clues and interviewing suspects. It reminded me a lot of Isaac Asimov's robot novels in the best way. I will probably never get enough of these books. ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella, queer-lit, sci-fi
I really really loved this one. It might be tied for my favorite Murderbot book. Murderbot helps to solve a locked door mystery and Murderbot has plenty of feelings about that. This was exactly what I needed right now. Suffice to say: it is wonderful and you need it in your life ASAP. Pre-order it now as a kindness to your future self.
R. G. Nairam
Aug 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
I enjoyed Network Effect, but I'm excited we seem to be going back to the novella format! I think it works better for the pacing of Murderbot's adventures. <3 ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

If you were looking for an immediate follow up to Network Effect this is not it. Fugitive telemetry goes back to the shorter format of the other pre-novel murderbot books and is almost a standalone as it just as easily could have followed Exit Strategy.

The story is set back on preservation where our hero must find a way to fit in with humans, augmented humans, and robots while the head of station security is advocating f
May 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
OMG YESS!!! MORE OF MURDERBOT! Please don't end this serie anytime soon. ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2021, arc, sci-fi
This entry in the Murderbot Diaries series feels lighter and less connected to the rest of the series, a bit like a bottle episode in a long-running television series. Murderbot itself is still as wonderful as ever and the growth of the character and expansion of the world continues nicely, though I have to say I was surprised by the direction of this one, given the ending of Network Effect and where I was expecting to pick up (and it is really hard to go back to a novella-length story after get ...more
Virginja ↢ 99% imp
May 14, 2020 marked it as to-read *announces a new MurderBot novella*
Me, internally: *screams* *jumps* *kiss her secret MB unofficial action figure*
Me, externally: *immediately puts it in TBR*
Judy Lesley
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This entry in The Murderbot Diaries comes directly after book five and is, once again, much too short for my liking. However, I can't come up with a page number that would satisfy my longing for more wit and charm (yes, a bot can be charming if you overlook some elements of their personality) from this SecUnit. Hmm, 500 pages of Murderbot? Give it to me Ms Wells and let me test it out. Anyway, just so you will not be surprised, this offering is approximately 176 pages long and it fairly flies by ...more
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I LOVED Murderbot. How ironic it is, how antisocial and addicted to tv series it can be and also how loyal it is with the people it comes to care about. I love this idea of it having no gender, and hacking its own systems in order to retain its memories and some sort of freedoom from the company that puts him out for hire. The concept of how a Murderbot is “assembled” and the fact it wants to escape its programming brings lots of questions about what it really means to be human and have a concie ...more
Emma Cathryne
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Murderbot is back, bringing me one step closer to my dream of a glorious, never-ending stream of Murderbot books a lá the Magic Treehouse. Except with fewer time traveling tree houses, and more grouchy but loveable robots. Keeping with the kids book metaphors, Fugitive Telemetry was Murderbot: Revenge of Reluctant Robotic Nancy Drew as this installment finds our favorite governor module-hacking, media-watching bot on contract with Preservation Station security solving a murder mystery.

This genr
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Murderbot continues to delight, amuse, and kick ass, perhaps even better than when the series started. I was thrilled to see Murderbot back with Mensah and the gang around while they got to help solve a weird murder. It's got all the things we loved about Murderbot from the sass and sarcasm to the action and adventure. I really enjoyed this installment, with all it's twists and turns, and laugh out loud lines. Here's to many more Muderbot novellas and *fingers crosses* another full length novel ...more
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah, my sarcastic murderbot! I only wish I could say some of your observances out loud ;) I'm not sure if this really had a slow start, or I shouldn't have been reading and listening to new Luke Combs while on a treadmill any rate all the rest of it went quite well and I enjoyed it immensely ...more
Dec 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Coming out April 27, 2021.
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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 (6 books)
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  • Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
  • Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)
  • Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
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