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Murderbot Diaries Book 1 - Told from the perspective of a cynical artificial construct designed to provide hired security, this novella is fast paced and action oriented throughout much of the story. At its core however, this is really a story based in humanity and compassion. Come for the sci-fi, stay for the heart.
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) is incredibly unique in its concepts and excellent in its execution. Novels told by an AI are normally dry and lacking; because Murderbot is a hacked system, the feelings and emotions are more human, surprisingly enough. This novel was the winner of multiple award and made its way onto many prestigious bestselling lists for good reason! This novella is an incredible story of what it means to be human, and how easily it is for some to completely disregard their own humanity in the face of profit. A novella that will make readers think about what makes them truly happy and if it is actually enough.
Good lord, what a fun read! This quick little novella was an absolute blast. Clever, funny, and weird, with a dark sense of humor and an intriguing narrator who's far more relatable than anyone called a "murderbot" should be. So glad this is just the first in a series- I'll be saving the rest for when I need a good pick-me-up.
Great intro to this novella series. Cant wait for Murderbot's next journey.
This was a fun, snarky, intense first person view into a space world of humans and robots. Not my usual cup of tea but well written and enjoyable.
A good story, and the start of a series too! Just a warning, the amount of swearing increases with each book in the series. 90/100
I’ll confess, after hearing all the buzz for this series, I really wasn’t interested in reading it. I don’t know why, since it seems right in my wheelhouse, maybe I was simply tired of robot uprisings and A.I.s gone rogue. How wrong I was. Martha Wells truly does a yeoman’s work in creating a compelling and interesting new take on an A.I. finding its place in the world (er, space). I look forward to reading the further adventures of Murderbot, and only hope they contain all the charm and insight of this first short novella.
I loved pretty much everything about this book. I loved the characters - Murderbot especially, but all of the humans were pretty great too. I loved the plot; it zipped right along but didn't feel rushed. I loved the way the setting was built, which is a heck of an accomplishment for a book as brief as this. I'm really looking forward to the next in this series.
I devoured this book in one day. It's exciting, has great characters, and didn't slow down. I love reading how Murderbot tries to figure out how to handle feelings without even wanting to admit they have them. Watching them navigate a world that doesn't see them as human is nearly as fascinating as the rest of the plot. I have read all 5 in the series, and my only complaint is that there aren't more of them.
I was pleasantly surprised by how engrossing a read this was. It was also quick which is a nice break. Murderbot is like a lot of us: a bit lazy in their job and just wanting to be left alone. Pretty funny premise.
Murderbot, as it calls itself, is part of a futuristic society and is currently serving as security for a survey team on a distant planet. Murderbot has figured out how to turn off its governor module and now the only orders it follows are its own. Something strange is going on where Murderbot and its team are trying to gather survey data. An unknown creature has attacked two of Murderbot's team and it barely saves them before bringing them back for medical attention. Murderbot and its team quickly realize that the company that has given them the contract to survey the planet may have left out vital information that they will need to survive. Murderbot has killed before and will do so again if necessary, especially to protect its humans to which it has formed a peculiar attachment.
All Systems Red is a very unique story told from the perspective of a sentient bot that is logical with a sarcastic voice. Murderbot loves its serials and has difficulty with human face-to-face interaction. It isn't supposed to think or feel, but Murderbot excels at both. A very interesting character and story that would have benefited from a little more plot, character, and setting development, but overall, an enjoyable read, which includes an unusual protagonist with a distinctive voice.
An artificial intelligence, once it is free, that has slacker tendencies and anxiety when dealing with humans might just be the most likable and trustworthy fictional A.I. in the universe.
The Murderbot series might be one of the best pieces of literature produced in the 2010s. No joke, it's fire.
Oh, to be a genderless killing machine watching soap operas all day.
Gripping from page one, this novella (under 100 pages) introduces the delightful organic/android Murderbot, a neurotic romantic at heart who has developed both sentience and principles in a universe of cut-throat, competing corporations. Rented out as a security unit to scientists prospecting on an alien planet, he must protect them and his independent mind from unscrupulous marauders. Jaded but honourable, he carries out his duties with a humorous inner-dialogue while maintaining a deadpan exterior. First in a series, All Systems Red could make a great, multi-movie franchise with the right actor. Ryan Reynolds?!
Is there a character I connect with more than Murderbot? You know, I don't think there is. Murderbot is grumpy, has anxiety, and would rather watch tv than interact with people. Just replace reading with watching tv and I think we're pretty much identical. Well, other than actually being a murderbot. If you like sci-fi, sarcastic main characters, and character driven stories then you should definitely pick up the Murderbot Diaries. You will not be disappointed!
If you are looking for a space opera with a unique premise, this is it. The story revolves around an AI that has hacked its governor to be "free", but has to continue pretending to obey orders so no one realizes what it has done. I loved the main character and especially enjoyed the author's snarky sense of humor of the book.
What an interesting story. As a sentient AI that pretends to still be under "command module" control, Murderbot is a fascinating protagonist, especially considering that the story is told as a diary. Their "humanity" is written very realistically, and the emotion, sarcasm, and passive-aggressiveness that Murderbot exudes is altogether sincere, hilarious, and entertaining. With an angle that good from the start, the rest of the story flows like butter. I might have wanted a little more with the plot, and I maintain that this story probably should have been expanded, but that's just because it left me wanting more, which is always a good strategy. My second favourite Murderbot novella.
Fascinating. It ended just when it was starting to pick up speed, I've already requested the sequel from the library. Maybe would've been better as a graphic novel, some parts were hard to picture but I liked how neurotic Murderbot was, maybe it'll get a love interest at some point 🤞. Plus I want to see it kick more ass.
Just finished this and eager to find out what adventures murderbot goes on next!
The Murderbot Diaries Series
by Martha Wells
5 primary works • 8 total works
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An android that's badass but socially awkward and loves watching TV instead of actually doing his job (protecting his hoo-mans)? Uh, yes. Gimme some of that. This was a super quick but fun read and if you like sci-fi, derpy characters, and heart-of-gold characters then this is for you. Also, if you like Marvin from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," you'll like this.