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- Print Length: 176 pages
- Publisher: Tor.com (October 2, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 2, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078X1N8VF
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"Emphatically fulfils expectations.This is space opera with wit and intelligence, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable." ―Aurealis
Praise for The Murderbot Diaries series
“I love Murderbot!” ―Ann Leckie
"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
"We are all a little bit Murderbot... we see ourselves in its skin. And that reading about this sulky, soap-opera-loving cyborg killing machine might be one of the most human experiences you can have in sci-fi right now.."―NPR
“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
“A great kick-off for a continuing series.” ―Locus
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I do like Murderbot. I'm interested in the universe Wells is building. I'm less interested in the mercenary pricing for little bits of story that Well and her publisher have pursued in the first segments of Murderbot's story.
There is no real advancement of worldbuilding in Exit Strategy. More corporate villains lurk waiting for their comeuppance. Murderbot herself is still growing, learning what motivates her. Wells has created a great character, a great plot, if only that plot wasn't described and boundried by the money she and her publisher could suck out of a readership keen to enjoy Really Good Stories.
Since I really wanted to know how Murderbot's arc played out, I paid an exorbitant amount to read ES. I will not pay an exorbitant amount to follow Murderbot's further adventures.
Also, for the love of code, dosen't anybody or anything in Wells' world know the meaning of firewall. Murderbot simply hacks anything and everything at will in order to win, surely someone in the greedy, usurous, evil corporate world would expect this and take countermeasures? Nope.
Hack and win.
And hack me into getting interested enough to pay four times what the cost rightfully should be.
Did I mention usurous?
Exit Strategy(#4) brings to a crescendo the search for self discovery and the murderous actions of the nefarious corporations allied against her/him and the friends he/she has made. The fast pacing is near continuous, combining furious action and painful self realization concerning the emotions afflicting Murderbot as a newly birthed, feeling human being.
I've tried most of Martha Well's works and find this is my personal favorite combining excellent world building, fully fleshed, sympathetic characters and masterful writing leavened with humor. Expensive, but, I have to admit, worth the price.
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The central character is highly original and robots have never been characterised so well since Iain Banks. He is a human/robot construct who should be under control from his programming but has managed to hack the program to have some free will in his decisions. He goes on to have a different adventure in each of the 4 stories and save people from the evil, stop-at-nothing-for-profit, mega-corporation, making some decent friends with people/bots that he meets on the way. If you like hard SF with realistically-drawn future technology then you will like this.
Wait until the price goes down before buying and read “Sea of Rust” or “Windup Girl” or any of Bank's Culture Series books (such as “Player of Games” or “Excession”) in the meantime. These are all excellent full-size books which contain well-characterised drones/robots and they are all sold at a reasonable price.
That said I’d advise avoiding this until the price of the four books is the same as the average length novel they will then represent. I will certainly not be buying any more Martha Wells at this kind of price (just under £6 each) in future. And that includes further outings, if any, for the murderbot.
Your mileage may vary of course, but I’m not encouraging this kind of pricing with my money.
This is the fourth in Martha Wells' series and a more than satisfying ending to the story started in All Systems Red. The main character (the aforementioned Murderbot) has grown and developed so much since that first book and just keeps getting better. They have learned how to mimic human mannerisms, how to blend in with crowds without wanting to kill everyone and, more importantly, how to care about humans. They even have to deal with those pesky emotional responses every now and then, which isn't exactly what Murderbot wants but for some reason they can't make them stop.
If you haven't read any of the Murderbot Diaries yet I'd strongly recommend you start with book one. This is character driven sci-fi at its best and includes some ridiculously well-written action sequences. I could easily see this getting turned into a TV series at some point (fingers crossed), and I can't wait for the novel that's due to drop next year.
All well and good but the truth is that these are not really books. The entire series could be folded into one decent sized book that would justify the price. Instead what you really pay for is a few chapters of that big book for a premium price.
The wonder of it is that I have continued to do so. I guess Martha Wells is a great author in the genre.
However, this is the last time I do it. Whilst I love the 'books' the price is ridiculous for what amounts to little more than a novella. The story is a five star one but the excessive costs push it to one star. So three stars is a reasonable weighting for this overall I feel.
This final novella in the Murderbot series zips smartly along like all the others, and ties back neatly with the characters from the first instalment. Murderbot continues to be snarky, and continues to run rings around tech defences. This being the last instalment, there are several times where it is not at all clear how things are going to pan out. There is a satisfactory conclusion, but I do want to see more Murderbot tales, and maybe in meatier novel for next?
Too short of course. But that's inevitable with a series this good. Preservation moon and entertainment media will have competition when murderbot releases his own story on the feeds!
A believable well constructed world and society, throw away ideas that support a well written well paced book.
But you get to care, you share the main character's dilemma, what makes us human, and how can we avoid getting killed or killing.
Well that last bits wrong, winning matters, and efficient killing machines that are a bit cuddly make a strong impression on the reader.
Buy this, read this, you won't regret this.....
But Now? Please continue the story of murderbot.....or let AI blossom elsewhere in the corporate jungles...
Some of the hacking that goes on seems a bit conveniently easy, but this is a minor quibble.
Even though the story is complete I would love it if Martha Wells continued writing a second series.
It’s Murderbot’s personality that just sucks you in from the very first story, to very end page. You couldn’t help but fall in love with it. You wanted to see how Murderbot survived, how it lived. The world building was so rich, you wanted to see more of it.
Looking forward to reading more by the Author.