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Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
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it was amazing
bookshelves: adult, dystopian, diverse, favorites, futuristic, novella, science-fiction, audiobook, reread
Read 3 times. Last read August 15, 2022.

Murderbot returns to the Corporation Rim to help PreservationAux in their case against GrayCris, but when they walk into the station, they walks into a precarious situtation. Seems like there have been a lot of developments in the case since they were on planet Milu, and while Murderbot has the evidence to take them down, Dr Mensah is in trouble. Once again, it falls on Murderbot to apply their creative security consultant skills and swoop in to save the day.

I love that this final novella in the series (there's a full novel next, don't worry) brings the story full circle, with Murderbot once again fighting to protect the first crew that gave them respect and treated them like a person. They have been thinking about what they want since they last left them, but the idea of being a pet robot on Preservation is not appealing in the least. They, however, have affection for the humans in the crew, and are ready to give it all to fight for them. This installment has Murderbot infiltrating a corporate-owned station, where corporate-political influences have Mensah trapped, and the former themselves have to stretch their processing capabilities to get around the various security measures in place. They, of course, are quite adept at getting around systems now, thanks to utilizing gaps in security and human underestimation for the last couple of books, but since GrayCris has brought the big guns, so to speak, the situation becomes dicey.

Once again, there is plenty of fast-paced action, creative maneuvers, and a big robot showdown to keep things exciting. But on the backburner, there is still the character arc of Murderbot playing out, as they figure out what these humans mean to them. The power of what Murderbot loves the most comes in to save them in the ending, and that was an amazing addition. And with the book leaving on an open-ended note, I am really excited for what comes next for our favorite drama-watching, anxious human/bot construct!
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2020 – Started Reading
April 23, 2020 – Shelved
April 23, 2020 – Shelved as: adult
April 23, 2020 – Shelved as: diverse
April 23, 2020 – Shelved as: dystopian
April 23, 2020 – Shelved as: favorites
April 23, 2020 – Shelved as: futuristic
April 23, 2020 – Shelved as: novella
April 23, 2020 – Shelved as: science-fiction
April 23, 2020 – Finished Reading
February 8, 2021 – Started Reading
February 9, 2021 – Finished Reading
March 14, 2021 – Shelved as: audiobook
March 14, 2021 – Shelved as: reread
August 15, 2022 – Started Reading
August 15, 2022 – Finished Reading

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