Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries

Martha Wells
"I love Murderbot!" ―Ann LeckieArtificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's hugely popular science fiction action and adventure All Systems RedIt has a dark past―one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

Reviews

Reviewed: 2022-01-13
I read this in basically one sitting and I was as impressed with it as I was the first book. Murderbot (MB) talks in technical terms but is also very human. (Spoilers) The descriptions where they are exploring the massacre site and how you can tell MB is having flashbacks and anxiety, but in the unit way is well written. I also enjoyed the description of the comfort units and how their recordings showed them basically sacrificing themselves, but it’s presented in a clinical way as you would read in an incident report. Just really good overall.
Reviewed: 2020-09-19

These books are so fun and very different from most. I love them. I love the lack of romance and the strong focus on building friendships and trust. The tone is very relaxed and authentic.

Reviewed: 2019-01-07

Murderbot is endearing and I also liked ART. My only complaint was that it was too short to really get going.

Reviewed: 2018-10-26

If you liked the first Murderbot book, you're sure to like this one. Murderbot only gets more lovable as they have to make more moral decisions for themself, and it's nice to see a little bit of Murderbot's backstory, as well as more of the world that created them. ART, also, is pretty damn great.

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