"I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie
The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.
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 t...more
Not only is ‘He’ highly intelligent ‘He’ is also personal and is burdened with empathy ...more
Murderbot, the snarky, introverted cyborg hero of Martha Wells’ THE MURDERBOT DIARIES series, returns from its trip to Milu, the deserted terraforming facility in space. The cyborg Security Unit ― which has committed the unprecedented crime of hacking its “governor” that required it to obey orders ― was searching on Milu for additional eviden ...more
It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except for all the facts, like something out of a historical adventure serial.
Amazing. As always.
I’ve written a full review for the Murderbot series before, so I guess the biggest thing I have to say about this conclusion novella is that it sticks to everything it has already succeeded at. This series is… so much fun, and also one of my favorite examples of playing with tropes I’ve ever se ...more
Murberbot continues its adventures, and exploring the learning curve of what it means to be a Murderbot. Absolutely solid balance between planning, action, and dialogue this time, with a very satisfying resolution.
"It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except fo ...more
Emotions Galore: “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells
“’I don’t want to be human.’
Dr. Mensah said: [...] ‘We tend to think that because a bot or a construct looks human, its ultimate goal would be to become human.’
‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.’”
In “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells
SecUnits are sentient constructs, part machine, part organic, largely human in form and created in part with human tissue, that are owned by compani ...more
Either way, it is certainly has more humanity than most humans. The story is peppered with humor, lots of action, adventure, corporate intrigue, and fantastic tech busting from our favorite murderbot! It is a super hacker on two artificial legs! A wild ride through the universe with one ...more
Who knew that going completely rogue, hacking his/her own programming, and calling no shots but his/her own could be so HAIRY?
Oh, wait... EVERYONE knew that. :)
I know I just got done hacking my own programming and just went through the exact same issues as our favorite Murderbot. Guilt. Emotion. Friendship. Yeah. I hate all those things, too.
But at least I have my SF soaps! Soaps make everything go ...more
“I don’t want to be human.”
What we hoped finally happens. Murderbot upon finding out that Dr Mensah and her team are in danger decides to come to the rescue.
Yes, this is a Space Opera kind of story with great action scenes, but ultimately it is Rin’s character that grabs you. Its self deprecation and snarky side are so relatable and likeable, but even more so is witnessing Its psychological and emotional development.
Trust Wells to give us a great ‘open’ resolution to this series of novella ...more
Murderbot is wonderful. Renewing the contact with Mensah and her crew as the only humans who actually know it for what ...more
Murderbot reunites with the team he was protecting in book one, only to find that GrayCris is holding Dr. Mensah hostage. Murderbot, cranky and super sarcastic as always, must find a way to deal with this new situation. Which it does, in its misanthropic, humourous and brilliant style.
I loved this whole series, and am so glad there's more Murderbot to come.
My only complaint about this series is that I think I would have preferred to read them all consecutively. They really are serial installments in a single story, and I feel ...more
Exit Strategy closes out the Murderbot Diaries quartet of novellas, and while it’s a bit on the tame side compared to all that came before, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to tie everything together. For those who have been on this crazy ride since the beginning, you will also be delighted to know this book takes us back to the beginning, to the event and people who started it all.
At the end of the last book, Mur ...more
Anyway, more about Exit Strategy though. Oh god, I am in love with this conclusion! I am not sure I have consistently rated nearly all the books in the series with 5 stars, but this is what it will be for Murderbot. Th ...more
I had a great time with this newest installment in the Murderbot Diaries series. After reading the previous three installments in the series, I knew that I was going to have to read about Murderbot's further adventures just as soon as I could. This is a novella length piece that could easily be read in a single evening. I do think that this series is best read in order since this newest entry touched on things that happened in previo ...more
There's going to be a novel to follow this, and I really really hope a large amount of it involves Gurathin/Murderbot interaction, but I suppose that's probably not too likely. They'd make a great buddy cop comedy.
If I hadn‘t been so tired last night, I would have read this in one sitting. Very good. Not as fast paced as the last one, a little lighter on humour, but still full of the expected snark and eye-rolling. Nice ending to this story arc. It lacked a little of the suspense and tension of the previous novellas in my opinion, but it was ...more
Well, not final, I guess, since there is going to be a Murderbot novel in 2020 (hooray!), but final FOR NOW. The initial arc of Murderbot becoming a person has concluded.
We come full circle in Exit Strategy, with Murderbot traveling back to rescue Dr. Mensah, and teaming up with the initial group of humans from All Systems Red. Murderbot's irrational grudge against Gurathin continues to give me life:
"I don’t want to be a pet robot."...more
"I don’t think any
Murderbot's voice is what makes these books, and is the only reason I'm not rating this any lower. It's always been snarky and defeatist, but still likeable. That, combined with great action scenes and an interesting plot, is what made the first book really shine. It ...more
In the omnibus reprint that's sure to come I imagine she will smooth over the choppiness of the four-part publication. Which, with 20-20 hindsight, might not have been a stroke of geinus . Well, All Systems Red was a work of genius, and "Artificial Condition" almost as good....
So. readers whose ...more
Reflecting on this series, Wells has taken "the hero's journey" and presented it as serial drama, each book an episode of a larger adventure story of the kind Murderbot loves to watch. I presume this was intentional vs creating one long nov ...more