by Martha Wells
#4 Murderbot Diaries
Formats available: Hardcover, Electronic, Audio
Pub Date: 10.2.18| 172 pages
REVIEWER: Sophia Rose
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, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah — its former owner (protector? friend?) — submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.
But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?
And what will become of it when it’s caught?
Book was a personal purchase. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
It’s possible I became addicted to this series from the first scene. The series is told from the perspective of a non-human, fully sentient, half-biological half-tech Security Unit bot. He has personhood though he prefers this not be mistaken for humanity. Humans are the interesting and sometimes foolish beings he has charge over to keep safe and its rather like herding cats in his opinion. They also interrupt his entertainment feed viewing time when they get themselves into trouble.
Murderbot is wry in humor, but also a keen observer. He doesn’t like having emotions, but he doesn’t let feelings stop him when a job needs to be done. He tweaked his control module and now is independent. And, he is exactly who and what he is and doesn’t want to be more human, no thank you very much. With all his tech, weaponry, and additional strength and agility he is better.
At first, he continued as he was pretending to be like the hundreds of other sec units contracted out by a company to do security whenever and wherever, but then he rescued a group of exploring humans he was assigned to on a distant planet from a big corporation who didn’t want the humans getting out alive with the secrets they discovered there. Now, Murderbot is in the wind and hiding among the humans from the big corporation, Gray Cris, and still pondering humans, human behavior, and ways to continue blending in so he can binge watch the entertainment feeds. If only his need to protect innocent humans didn’t get in the way, he could get through all the episodes he wants to watch. But, the human who first treated him like a person has gone missing and he needs to do something about that along with all the data he’s gathered to bring down GrayCris.
Each of these long-novella length episodes in Murderbot’s life has him on an exciting adventure even while he explores being a person and his own past. Exit Strategy is the fourth and final in this first season plot arc and it finished wonderfully. I look forward to a new series of adventures for Murderbot and can highly recommend this easy-read sci-fi adventure series.