The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back! Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today. No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall. When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?) Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans! Again! A new standalone adventure in the New York Times-bestselling, Hugo and Nebula Award winning series!
Series6 primary books7 released books
The Murderbot Diaries is a 7-book series with 6 primary works first released in 2017 with contributions by Martha Wells. The next book is scheduled for release on 11/14/2023.
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I'll never tire of how board the Murderbot is!
I've read every one of the Murderbot diaries and have always enjoyed the fresh take on a bot that's painted in world where people distrust them by default, and yet the Murderbot would rather avoid eye contact, shy away and watch their streaming TV series on their own.
As the books have evolved, it's fun that Murderbot knows that I'm reading their diary and often breaks the “fourth wall” to speak to us, or share how they'd much rather be doing something else.
In a way, Murderbot reminds me of many geek developers who'd rather stay indoors, hide from the sun, complain about other humans and generally prefer their own company.
Fun little mystery one-off set before [b:Network Effect 52381770 Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) Martha Wells https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1568667704l/52381770.SX50_SY75.jpg 63614271], with Murderbot adjusting to life at Preservation Station and solving a murder with the help of a less-than-friendly security chief.
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A human has been murdered on Preservation Station, and of course one of security's first assumptions is that Murderbot did it. But Murderbot would know better than to leave the body out where people could find it. And while station security doesn't trust Murderbot, they'll soon realize if they have any hope of finding the killer, they're going to have to at least try to work with it. It's not like Murderbot wants to work with them either, but if it keeps Mensah safe Murderbot will do just about anything. Ok, maybe not anything, but most things.
After reading Fugitive Telemetry, I can honestly say, give me an entire series about Murderbot solving murder mysteries and I will be one happy reader. Seeing Murderbot in combat action is great, but watching them sleuth around the station is a whole new level of entertainment. By now we all know Murderbot doesn't like talking and this new adventure is going to make them do a whole lot of it. And would it really be a Murderbot story if it didn't contain sarcastic comebacks and snarky internal thoughts?
The beauty of this novella was watching Murderbot earn respect and a myriad of trust from humans. Of course, Mensah's crew knows to trust Murderbot, but everyone else judges it by sight alone. And Murderbot even managed to sneak in some nonsarcastic dialogue. Having Murderbot along for the mystery, not only showed the humans how their thinking can be flawed, but it also showed Murderbot how working together with humans can help iron out anything it may miss in its analysis.
I also appreciate the fact that Martha Wells doesn't treat being an introvert like a character flaw. Instead, she embraces it and shows how it can be an asset. Murderbot uses its processing power to see things from every possible angle before forming a conclusion and it isn't rash in its decisions unless forced to be. Murderbot won't ever be comfortable working with a group, but it is learning how to handle these social interactions and the possible benefits from them.
Fugitive Telemetry was another fantastic addition to the Murderbot Diaries. Each book takes Murderbot's character development a step further and I can't wait to see where the next adventure takes it. I can't recommend this series enough to fans of sci-fi stories!