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All Systems Red Confession time I don't actually know where we are I hadn't looked at the maps yet and I'd barely looked at the survey package In my defense we'd been here twenty two planetary days and I hadn't had to do anything but stand around watching humans make scans or take samples of dirt rocks water and leaves The sense of urgency just wasn't there Also you may have noticed I don't careI can relate to Murderbot the misanthropic construct who is contracted to provide security detail for a small expedition to a planet Murderbot as the AI calls themselves MB is sexless and has not chosen a pronoun is plainly uncomfortable with personal attention and has little interest in anything outside entertainment videos and the bare minimum reuired to do their job I have to confess that sounds like me during most of my adolescent years at every family event ever just substitute a book for videoWritten as a novella the plot takes off from page two It isn't long before both Murderbot and the team realize they're facing multiple types of danger Characterization is one of the outstanding parts of the story with Murderbot's nature getting a lot of subtle build The team never stood out to any great degree but that's partly because until this expedition Murderbot has had generally negative experiences with the people they have been contracted to protect and assumed this group would be of the same The leader Dr Mensah soon distinguishes herself with crisis management and leadership It was starting to occur to me that Dr Mensah might actually be an intrepid galactic explorer even if she didn’t look like the ones on the entertainment feed while an augmented human Gurathin presents a different kind of challengeMy one hesitation in calling it a five star book is the ending which felt somewhat awkward and incongruous to the personality of earlier 'Bot which displayed little curiosity or independence I read the story twice the second time doing the math on the length of time 'Bot has been independent I'm guessing around four years based on its own estimate of 35k hours since it failed to become an uncontrolled killing machineb The resolution felt like a shortcut and like a logic failure in 'Bot's circuts But I'm open to discussion on itFinal resolution aside I certainly enjoyed the ride I predict some kind of award nomination next seasonA further note from 2020 This is the first novella in a series of four with a novel after Technically they all are independent installments a lot like the serials 'Bot is so fond of watching However once I was able to re read them as a group instead of as released I found the overall emotional arcplot extremely satisfying and probably even better than as installmentsI thought it was likely that the only supplies we would need was the postmortem kind but you may have noticed that when I do manage to care I'm a pessimistMe too Murderbot Me tooFour and a half stars rounding up because First time around I was on crack and gave this 4 stars Now it’s in it proper place at 5 stars I loved the hell out of it The book was awesome for such a little novellaOmg I love MurderBot She’s awesome and she’s a she to me — that was all kinds weird and rhyming Anyway I love MB’s personality I don’t feel like rambling on so I’m just going to add a few uotes They will contain some SPOILERS so be warned •••••••••••• I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites It had been well over 35000 hours or so since then with still not much murdering but probably I don’t know a little under 35000 hours of movies serials books plays and music consumed As a heartless killing machine I was a terrible failure ••••••••••••••Mensah came to do her own check of the hopper and told me to pack some extra emergency supplies for the DeltFall staff I did it and I hoped for humans’ sake we would need them I thought it was likely that the only supplies we would need for DeltFall was the postmortem kind but you may have noticed that when I do manage to care I’m a pessimist •••••••••••••••This is why I didn’t want to come I’ve got four perfectly good humans here and I didn’t want them to get killed by whatever took out DeltFall It’s not like I cared about them personally but it would look bad on my record and my record was already pretty terrible ••••••••••••••Everyone stood there uiet I could tell from their expressions they were all thinking hard The HubSystem that controlled their habitat that they were dependent on for food shelter filtered air and water was trying to kill them And in their corner all they had was Murderbot who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day •••••••••••••••The problem I was going to have is that the way murderbots fight is we throw ourselves at the target and try to kill the shit out of it knowing that 90 percent of our bodies can be regrown in a cubicle So finesse is not reuired •••••••••••••What was I supposed to do kill all humans because the ones in charge of constructs in the company were callus? Granted I liked the imaginary people on the entertainment feed way than I liked the real ones but you can’t have one without the other Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾MY BLOG 425 I related to Murderbot a bit too muchMurderbot is a half robot half human construct who’s job is to be a security guard to protect some humans while they do their research on a planetThing is Murderbot doesn’t really like humans and would rather watch entertainment videos all dayFun novella I just want moooore Murder Bot is a character that's incredibly easy to love Sarcastic empathetic pessimistic hilarious sweet and very socially awkward In so few pages it was easy to fall in love with our robotic protagonist and to want to follow it I think it's important to keep in mind that this is a novella not a full novel So the world building and side characters aren't hugely developed I didn't mind that much though because it seemed to me that the purpose of this was for me to fall for Murder Bot and that worked I'm very curious to see what the full novel will be like but for now I'm happy to enjoy a few of these funny charming novellas When I heard the premise I expected a light robot killer story from the PoV from the robot Probably a PI mystery kind of thing because that seems to be pretty hot right now I can rattle off a handful of titles like this right nowSo What did I get? A fun and light robot murderer who hacks herself to have free will and she stops murdering to watch SF sitcoms instead Honestly that's pretty cool Yeah her official bruiser job is still there but her mechanical heart isn't really into it Who can blame her? It's pretty boring until she finds that she really wants to protect people after allThe plot's fairly simple the prose is light and the premise rolls right along It's mystery fluff with a hard SF chassis Just what the engineer ordered Feb 2019 reread just for fun And to see if my rating would change now that I've read the full set of MURDERBOT DIARIES novellas spoiler alert it didn't but I did enjoy this reread a little than my initial read All Systems Red won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella not to mention several other awards There are so far three seuels and I loved them all even than this first book truth be told though maybe it just took me a while to really warm up to Murderbot It's definitely a series that's worth reading and this first book is just 399 for the Kindle versionReview posted on Fantasy LiteratureThe narrator of All Systems Red is a once nameless cyborg security unit or SecUnit that has given itself the name Murderbot for reasons disclosed midway through the story Using its own unprecedented and highly unauthorized initiative Murderbot has hacked the governor module software that controls its actions and obligates it to be obedient But instead of going on a killing spree as one might expect given the name it adopted Murderbot elects to spend its spare hours watching countless hours of video entertainment and trying not to interact than is necessary with the group of eight humans that it’s responsible for protecting a survey group of eight scientists called PreservationAux that is exploring the natural resources on an uninhabited planetMurderbot’s self isolation and studied lack of caring starts to break down however when potentially deadly accidents start to occur with suspicious regularity Dr Bharadwaj is almost killed by an alien creature that explodes out of the bottom of one of the many craters along the coast and the group finds that data has been deleted from the warnings and fauna sections of their planetary survey package The autopilot of their “hopper” aircraft cuts out without warning which could have led to a fatal crash And then there are the automated data updates that Murderbot is supposed to be uploading and would have if it hadn’t disabled its governor moduleMatters only get worse when the group decides to visit the only other survey group on the planet Murderbot is painfully shy and vastly reluctant to get too close to the humans and even to share their secrets But it becomes clear that the group won’t survive without Murderbot’s help and active involvement All Systems Red is a breezy fast paced science fiction adventure wrapped in a light mystery There’s not nearly as much murder and mayhem as the title and Murderbot’s name might lead one to believe Instead All Systems Red has something serious to say about the ideas of free will and autonomy and about the difficulties faced by introverts in day to day life Murderbot tells itself that it just doesn’t care about the humans but its excruciating shyness soon becomes clear to the other characters and to the reader Murderbot hides its human face behind helmet with an opaue faceplate and awkwardly withdraws from conversations that become too personal choosing to stand facing the wall insteadMurderbot comments that it has no gender or sex related parts; claiming that only sexbots in brothels have those Understandably it has an asexual personality another uniue aspect to this main character Murderbot fast forwards through all of the sex scenes in the serials it watches finding them boring “I think that even if I did have sex related parts I would find them boring” Murderbot also narrates this novella with a large dose of snarkThey had talked it over and all agreed not to “push me any further than I wanted to go” and they were all so nice and it was just excruciating I was never taking off the helmet again I can’t do even the half assed version of this stupid job if I have to talk to humans At least Mensah and Arada had overruled the ones who wanted to talk to me about it Yes talk to Murderbot about its feelings The idea was so painful that I dropped to 97% efficiencyMurderbot is a uniue well developed character but other than the leader of the survey group Dr Mensah and one other person who is somewhat antagonistic to Murderbot the members of PreservationAux aren’t particularly distinguishable personalities We learn that Overse and Arada are in a lesbian relationship and that Volescu is in a four way marriage back on their home planet but Wells never really attempts to make them or any of the others fully fleshed out characters It’s possible that that is a deliberate approach a feature rather than a flaw meant to evidence Murderbot’s unwillingness to engage with members of the group on a personal level All Systems Red is an enjoyable uick read and a good introduction to the new MURDERBOT DIARIES series It’s a credit to Wells that the last chapter is such a solid conclusion to the story I appreciated how Murderbot’s increased confidence is reflected in its ability to show its human face in public It’s strong enough that it could have been a stand alone novella even though the ending leaves the door wide open for Murderbot’s further adventures The following three novellas are really great and I strongly recommend not stopping with this oneContent note violence and a couple of F bombs “I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites It had been well over 35000 hours or so since then with still not much murdering but probably I don't know a little under 3500 hours of movies serials books plays and music consumed As a heartless killing machine I was a terrible failure” These novellas are a story of what it means to be human and a story of the human tendency to create a group that is less than human Featuring a sarcastic and antisocial protagonist an intriguing world and all the morality issues I needed This review will function as a full review for the seriesThis novella seriess dabbles really explicitly with the idea of being human and trying not to be human Murderbot lives in a world where it cannot be considered fully human and as a result it shuts itself off from other humans and tries to avoid group dynamics altogether And as a result I love the character of Murderbot so much and I’m going to rant about this Something I like about this series is that Murderbot is written as a powerful killing machine and actually is Murderbot is really competent at what they do but not in an unrealistic way? I feel like a lot of lies I read in fiction are so obviously lies that anyone could guess it but Murderbot just genuinely is talented at making lies sound real and knowing when to drop info and when to stay uiet I love realistic badassery But Murderbot also has this compulsory need to be above human attachment and act as if it does not have feeings It totally doesThe worldbuilding of this series is really fantastic especially as the series goes on I talked about this in my review for book two But this series does definitely have very interesting worldbuilding with a wide scope and heavy lens of environmentalismBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube In a corporate dominated spacefaring future planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company supplied security androids for their own safetyBut in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder safety isn't a primary concernOn a distant planet a team of scientists are conducting surface tests shadowed by their Company supplied 'droid—a self aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module and refers to itself though never out loud as Murderbot Scornful of humans all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it isBut when a neighboring mission goes dark it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth ”I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites It was well over 35000 hour or so since then with still not much murdering but probably I don’t know a little under 35000 hours of movies serials books plays and music consumed As a heartless killing machine I was a terrible failure” He is an android SecUnit assigned to a group of scientists who are taking surface samples on some far flung planet Everything is going fine He is binge watching his way through a space opera called Sanctuary Moon which is about the only thing that is keeping him sane The humans he is assigned to keep alive are better than the average group but really he just wants to be left alone so he can figure out exactly who he is now that he can choose what commands he obeys It is a secret that must remain hush hush or he will be stripped down to factory settings and wake up with a functioning governor module Fortunately he doesn’t have to be Daniel Day Lewis; a version of Arnold Schwarzenegger will work just fine And then some creature tries to eat one of his humans SecUnits are designed to throw themselves at something 90% of their bodies can be regrown or replaced in a cubicle that is designed to power them back up uickly In the battle he is in with the creature he manages to win but by the time he gets back to the habitat he is operating at about 58% Not good You would think a hostile creature attack would be enough to have on his plate but the habitat of the other group of scientists can not be reached He soon realizes that there is a grand conspiracy from some unknown entity of corporate origin who wants to wipe the whole team out This situation is so far beyond his designed capabilities that he is having a very human reaction ”I was depressed this morning I’d tried watching some new serials last night and even they couldn’t distract me; reality was too intrusive It was hard not to think about how everything was going to go wrong and they were all going to die and I was going to get blasted to pieces or get another governor module stuck in me”The other baffling problem is the humans in his care are starting to like him and treat him like a real person An interesting development but he is feeling annoyed by the change in their behavior than he is feeling vindicated by the elevation in status Not to mention can he really trust the humans not to reveal his true nature to the kind of people who would cut him up for parts rather than try to understand the new complexities of his emerging personality?It is better to stay paranoidHe can’t escape his caged past nor the name he has given himself that can only be thought in the confines of his own matrixMurderbotI always love stories about androids becoming sentient and in many cases becoming better humans than humans Unfortunately the bar is pretty low The struggle that Murderbot has with ungoverned feelings and the accompanying illogic that comes from being dare I say affectionate are just beginning I’m sure this will be explored further in the three books that are already scheduled to be published He is a loveable murderous character who is navigating those turbulent emotional waters that take normal humans decades to start to figure out Martha Wells has infused the story with the right mix of angst and humor that make the story fun and thrilling to read I’m certainly on board for If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at A super short and uite fun readThis will be a short review All Systems Red is the first book in The Murderbot Diaries uartet by Martha Wells I've heard tons of praises about this novella and series; All Systems Red in particular received plenty of awards and because of that I was super excited to start this The first 30% was honestly fun to read I laughed and smiled a few times and I loved just how much of a spirit animal Murderbot is And then I realized that the only thing from the book that I loved has to do with the opening lines “I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites It had been well over 35000 hours or so since then with still not much murdering but probably I don't know a little under 35000 hours of movies serials books plays and music consumed As a heartless killing machine I was a terrible failure” That's it I love Murderbot awkward interaction with humans and how much it wants to only binge watch TV series However the rest of the book—plot characters world building—really didn't catch my interest; I thought the novella to be uite overrated Overall though if you’re looking for a short read—I finished the book in less than 1 hour 30 minutes—and something light hearted I think you’ll like MurderbotsYou can order the book HERE

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