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
#1 All Systems Red
#2 Artificial Condition
#3 Rogue Protocol
#4 Exit Strategy
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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.
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Nice Novella But...
The author chose to tell the story of the murderbot in the form of a connected series of novellas instead of one large novel. I can get behind this idea since all the novellas are well written page turners, but they were all released in the same year and should have just been published as a single collection. This one is not quite as good as the previous novella - ART made that story, but it is gratifying to watch the murderbot develop as a character. If you enjoy novellas and short stories, this is definitely worth a read as this is quality in that genre.
Page turning fun
In the current day of AI this series humanizes the potential future in a brilliant way. Great thrillers!
And now for something completely different
“I hated caring about stuff. But apparently once you start you can’t stop.”
I love The Murderbot Diaries. The only problem I am having is reading these out of order. Martha Wells’ series of stories about Murderbot are snarky, sometimes in questionable taste, but a lot of fun. No one takes Augmented Humans like her completely seriously; which leaves them “scratching their programming” when something new and different comes along. Makes you wonder how Murderbot was programmed originally and what “flipped the switch”?
Here she makes “friends” with a “pet robot” Miki, (who makes me think of the song “Tomorrow “) and she hates “pet robots”. IMHO, Murderbot hates that she’s part human because it means she has to care...kind of a Catch-22.
Highly recommended 5/5