All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries)

Martha Wells
A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.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 safety.But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.On 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 is.But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.


Reviewed: 2018-02-13

I wanted to read a short sci-fi story and picked this one up. The very first line of the story was sorta funny and told me that it's going to be a fun read. And it was. The murderbot's reluctance to interact with humans at human level, his internal monologues were amusing. Story wise, this is less of a sci-fi story and more of a thriller with "futuristic tech" elements. It's enjoyable nonetheless. Looking forward to the next installments.

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