The first full-length novel in Martha Wells' New York Times and USA Today bestselling Murderbot Diaries series.
"I caught myself rereading my favorite parts... and I can’t recommend it enough." — New York Times
You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot.
Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century.
I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.
When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.
Drastic action it is, then.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For an android that totally hates humans, Murderbot sure ends up coming to their rescue a lot. Network Effect is the first full-length novel in Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries series—and it’s every bit as punchy and hilarious as the novellas that came before it. As usual, Wells’ snarky hero wants nothing more than to spend some quality time with its favorite soap opera. But when a past acquaintance, a teenage girl named Amena, shows up, the foulmouthed, antisocial bot embarks on a dangerous adventure to find a lost colony and a missing spacecraft crew. Over the course of the unlikely duo’s weird and hilarious intergalactic adventures, they meet a bunch of fascinating, relatable characters and Murderbot confronts its relationship with its artificial-intelligence frenemy ART, not to mention all these ridiculous, cringeworthy humans. Wells’ knack for biting satire is totally on point: The series is set in a future where technology itself has a greater conscience than the corporations who create it. Network Effect is everything fans of the series could ask for—and a great starting point for newcomers.
Hugo- and Nebula-winner Wells's excellent first full-length Murderbot Diaries novel (after the novella Exit Strategy) sees her hilariously humanlike Artificial Intelligence Security Unit recount a routine space mission gone horribly awry. SecUnit would rather be streaming its favorite shows than protecting the rather fragile human crew it works for, even if it has become somewhat partial to them. Unfortunately, being captured has become a matter of course for the crew's missions, and this time the kidnapping brings SecUnit face-to-face with its pseudo-creator, ART (Asshole Research Transport). Turns out that ART, another AI, needs SecUnit's help to rescue it from a hostile takeover by alien remnant technology. SecUnit's gloriously candid, frequently confused assessments of its crew and their predicaments allow for an amusingly childlike perspective on what it means to be human. Wells puts an astonishing amount of technical detail into SecUnit's narrative, which will please hard sci-fi readers without detracting from the engaging story line. Series fans and anyone who enjoys humor-infused space operas won't want to miss this.
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The perfect next step in the Murderbot Diaries - will keep you *hooked* the whole way through so plan ahead for not being able to put it down!
Another stunning, easy read
Literally every other paragraph uses parenthesis. (Which isn’t terrible, just a little distracting.)(And off-putting when they’re sequential, which is frequently.)(Also it leads to overlooked typos by way of trailing parens that have no partner.)
Exceptional full length novel