- Series: The Murderbot Diaries (Book 1)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Tor.com (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765397536
- ISBN-13: 978-0765397539
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 618 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I love Murderbot!” ―Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice
"The Murderbot series is a heart-pounding thriller that never lets up, but it's also one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read. Come for the gunfights on other planets, but stay for the finely drawn portrait of a deadly robot whose smartass goodness will give you hope for the future of humanity." ―Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous
“Clever, inventive, brutal when it needs to be, and compassionate without ever being sentimental.” ―Kate Elliott, author of the Spirit Walker trilogy
“Endearing, funny, action-packed, and murderous.” ―Kameron Hurley, author of The Stars are Legion
“Not only a fun, fast-paced space-thriller, but also a sharp, sometimes moving character study that will resonate with introverts even if they're not lethal AI machines.” ―Malka Older, author of Infomocracy
“Wells gives depth to a rousing but basically familiar action plot by turning it into the vehicle by which SecUnit engages with its own rigorously denied humanity.” ―Publishers Weekly starred review
“I already can’t wait for the next one.” ―The Verge
“Meet your favorite depressed A.I. since Marvin.” ―B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
“A great kick-off for a continuing series.” ―Locus
"Wells imbued Murderbot with extraordinary humanity, and while this is a fun read, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s not a profound one."―LA Times
PRAISE FOR MARTHA WELLS
“Martha Wells writes fantasy the way it was meant to be―poignant, evocative, and astonishing. Prepare to be captivated 'til the sun comes up.” ―Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and God's War
“The Cloud Roads has wildly original world-building, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!” ―N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"Breathtakingly surprising and fun. For readers who missed earlier entry points to this delightful series, now is the time to get on board." ―The New York Times on The Edge of Worlds
"That rarity―a completely unique and stunning fantasy world." ―Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear on The Edge of Worlds
About the Author
MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction.
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The ending for this segment was a very good setup for more stories to come. I was a little apprehensive about the length of the story because I have been disappointed by short stories and novellas in the past because they never fully engaged my emotions. I didn't need to worry about that with this story by Martha Wells and I am definitely looking forward to reading the continuing adventures of this Imitative Human Bot Unit.
Our hero is SecUnit, an AI robot that has hacked its own governor module and found this universe's answer to Netflix. Bored with the mind-numbing security detail for a routine geological survey, it just wants to get back to base so it can watch the latest episode of its favorite serial show. And, as Wells would say, that's when everything went to ****.
SecUnit/Murderbot is an intelligent and compassionate being, with a healthy dose of social anxiety. It has reservations about its human companions, but still works tirelessly to ensure their survival. Woven throughout the plotline, though, is the not-so-subtle discussion about whether S.U. is merely a tool, to be utilized and then cast aside, or a being worthy of the same dignity and respect as any other human.
I can't wait to see what the future holds for S.U.! An excellent start to this new series!!
As a security unit, Murderbot generally serves clients who have bid for their services: in this case, a small crew surveying a planet. When things start to go wrong, Murderbot has to decide how much to reveal of their own self-determination. The reactions that Murderbot and the crew have to each other as they get to know each other better under difficult circumstances are so wonderful.
Murderbot's voice is engaging, and the plot zips along. I just meant to start this novella, but I ended up reading the whole thing in one delightful sitting. No spoilers about the end, but I really loved both the choices the crew made, and a particularly startling one that Murderbot made. I will be very eagerly anticipating the second Murderbot Diary.
I'm in the middle of some other books, so I wasnt' ready to start this in earnest.
Thinking I would just read a few pages to get a feel for this new book, I couldn't put it down. I was riveted until I finished it (midnight.)
The main character breaks the stereotype of cyborgs, and the profit-oriented culture created in this book has lots of touchstones with modern life. Enough touchstones to make the story seem to be a commentary on some corporate value systems, but still deftly avoids getting bogged down in the usual dystopian motifs that we have seen so many times before.
It's a good read, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The cyborg walks a thin line between acting normal and exercising some measure of autonomy without attracting the attention of clients or its corporate overseers. Balancing this new found freedom while executing its security mission makes for a very clever and entertaining story that will definitely hit the sweet spot for even the most discerning Sci-FI fans
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It made me thought of alien and I robot, but the Murderbot was pretty cool and...Read more