All Systems Red

All Systems Red

The Murderbot Diaries, Book 1

eBook - 2017
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Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 Locus Award
One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 19, 2021

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.

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LoganEva
Mar 15, 2021

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

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Wako
Feb 19, 2021

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.

WCL_Kiirstin Feb 16, 2021

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.

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heumann
Dec 18, 2020

Recommended by Yerim because I liked the Ancillary series.

IndyPL_EmilieL Nov 17, 2020

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.

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tomsedory
Nov 12, 2020

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.

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QAGeek
Oct 24, 2020

Recommended by the Ageist

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labraden
Sep 30, 2020

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.

FPL_AdamL Sep 22, 2020

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.

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LoganEva
Feb 23, 2021

Coarse Language: at least two uses of f**k; a few uses of s**t

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 19, 2021

Yes, talk to Murderbot about its feelings. The idea was so painful I dropped to 97 percent efficiency. I’d rather climb back into Hostile One’s mouth.

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