A USA Today bestseller
The "I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie
Artificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times bestselling All Systems Red
It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.
Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Get ready to go to the next level with Murderbot. It’s still sarcastic. It’s still socially awkward. And it’s bent on understanding where it got its terrifying name. In this awesomely strange and exciting sequel to Martha Wells’ Nebula Award–winning All Systems Red, our favorite sociopathic security robot decides to head for the mining planet where it was first activated. But the self-aware AI’s existential crisis becomes an epic adventure when the far more powerful artificial intelligence running the transport ship gets wind of Murderbot’s plan. Will the other AI get in the way, or become an unlikely ally? Wells’ multilayered and delightfully funny storytelling transported us right into her wonderfully bizarre space opera. While the action that drives this fast-paced plot had us on our toes, we especially loved Murderbot’s growing personality—complete with an improving sense of irony. It may be all machine, but Murderbot’s quest for identity is very human, making its odyssey through space a true journey of self-discovery.
Wells follows the classically tight adventure pacing of All Systems Red with a slightly disorienting shift to self-exploration, making intense moments out of data dumps and matter-of-fact narrative out of fights to the death. Murderbot, a sentient artificial intelligence, is on the lam, hopping cargo transports and hacking security cameras on a quest to discover the truth of its own origin story as the villain of a massacre. Sounds like a rollicking time which it is, but not in the way one might expect. The real discovery is not about the horrific events Murderbot may have participated in some 35,000 hours ago, but the bonds it never intended to form with beings who were no part of its plan. The most endearing is ART, a wacky cross between 2001's HAL and Mycroft Holmes, who plays to Murderbot's Sherlock with acerbic and infinite superiority. The broadening of Murderbot's experience, however mundane, "make it harder for me to pretend not to be a person," and the dizzying, inarguable plenitude of personhood is what this dense novella most intimately explores. There's plenty here to entertain the many fans of the first novella.