All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

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. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Reviewed: 2020-08-19

Murderbot, as it calls itself, is part of a futuristic society and is currently serving as security for a survey team on a distant planet. Murderbot has figured out how to turn off its governor module and now the only orders it follows are its own. Something strange is going on where Murderbot and its team are trying to gather survey data. An unknown creature has attacked two of Murderbot's team and it barely saves them before bringing them back for medical attention. Murderbot and its team quickly realize that the company that has given them the contract to survey the planet may have left out vital information that they will need to survive. Murderbot has killed before and will do so again if necessary, especially to protect its humans to which it has formed a peculiar attachment.
All Systems Red is a very unique story told from the perspective of a sentient bot that is logical with a sarcastic voice. Murderbot loves its serials and has difficulty with human face-to-face interaction. It isn't supposed to think or feel, but Murderbot excels at both. A very interesting character and story that would have benefited from a little more plot, character, and setting development, but overall, an enjoyable read, which includes an unusual protagonist with a distinctive voice.

Reviewed: 2020-08-08

a fun, darkly-funny, and thought-provoking sci-fi adventure. Can't wait to read the rest!

Reviewed: 2019-11-12


First of a serie. reads well.

The protagonist is an android. I appreciated how its personnality was built in large parts by the TV shows it watches, and how I can relate in the era of Netflix


Unfortunately, the next volume are basically priced like full novel, which makes the 600 pages story quite pricy (relatively to standard publication formats). Will see whether I continue the serie or not.

Reviewed: 2018-12-26
How unexpectedly and weirdly wonderful this was! I've always enjoyed Martha Wells but this was an entirely uncharted territory for us to explore, together. It's a rather short novella, akin in length to longish entry in an anthology. I absolutely want to read more of Murderbot's Diaries, though. The sense of humor was priceless.
Reviewed: 2018-06-03
A socially awkward Murderbot and a plot to kill its humans? Yes please!
Reviewed: 2018-04-16

I have the worst trouble writing reviews for books I unequivocally ★★★★★.


Probably the best review I can give this is that I immediately pre-ordered the next book, Artificial Condition.


I just loved being inside Murdebot's head.  Grumpy, introverted, snarky, lazy, fighting any emotions or involvement ... anti-hero, indeed.  


The worldbuilding with greedy corporations had a fond déjà vu for me of H. Beam Piper's works--but, original rather than derivative.

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