Rogue Protocol is the third entry in Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Murderbot Diaries.
Starring a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.
Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?
Sci-fi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is.
And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.
"I love Murderbot!"--New York Times bestselling author Ann Leckie
The Murderbot Diaries
All Systems Red
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Murderbot’s quest to understand itself is about to take a cosmic leap forward. The third novella in Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries series finds the robotic protagonist on a mission to track down more information about the malevolent corporation GrayCris. That means working on a team that already has an AI—one with an unsettlingly close relationship to humans. Rogue Protocol has all the cool futuristic details, poorly attempted disguises, and nail-biting climaxes that made the first two books so great. But let’s be honest, the real reason we love coming back to this series is Murderbot itself. Since freeing itself from human control, the android security unit has been on a mission to understand its own memory-wiped past, and watching the snarky, introverted hero gain an ever-greater understanding of its own robotic condition is a pure delight. Wells’ masterful world-building and genius character development make this space adventure—and the character at its heart—impossible to pass up.
Three books into the far-future Murderbot Diaries, the shakier pillars of Wells's worldbuilding are showing cracks. Equipped with knowledge of its past but lacking armor the sentient Murderbot, calling itself Rin, turns its focus on GrayCris, the corporate baddie that has loomed over the saga. GrayCris is manifest only in contract minions and solicitors but has left one concrete locus to investigate: a derelict terraform facility that may have been used to recover alien artifacts. The facility has been reclaimed by new owners who are sending a team to assess it, giving Rin opportunity to infiltrate that team. The group includes "pet robot" Miki, a na f who nonetheless comes in handy when, inevitably, the expedition goes apocalyptically wrong. A central proposition of Rin's character is that it's never been treated as a person, but throughout the books, humans have interacted with it appreciatively and respectfully. Also, GrayCris's motives are annoyingly vague. Still, where the core question of Rin's personhood is concerned, Wells once again knits combat, investigation, and rumination into a thoughtful, irresistible story.