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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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.
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I love Murderbot
Murderbot has no idea what working with the transport (ART) will bring to light as that return to “the scene of the crime”. Since I read this out of order I know how the series resolves so much of this was redundant.
The whole series is wonderful even if this is the weakest one of the four. I can’t wait for the Murderbot novel reported for 2020. 4/5
Great Novella But...
I enjoyed the first novella and I seriously enjoyed this one as well. The addition of ART to the protagonist’s internal dialogue made this more of a page turner. This one is a completely different and new story. However it was published the same year as the rest of them and should have been made a collection. I don’t regret buying and reading it, but others might.
Great novella but priced like a novel
The writing is fantastic as are the characters and the premise but this book basically costs 10 cents per page. So far the 180 pages of the first two novellas are just sections of the same book meaning that if I chose to read the “whole” book (all 4 novellas) it would cost me $34 for a 400 page book. Just ridiculous.