Series: The Murderbot Diaries #4
Published by: Tor
ISBN 13: 9781250191854
Published: October 2018
Format reviewed: eBook from publisher
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Lists: Favourites and Recommended
Related Reviews: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) | Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) | Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3)
Spoilers will appear beyond this point – novellas don’t really leave room for much to review other than fangirl gushing which I totally have in gusto for this series, however, is probably better for twitter and reaction updates rather than a posted review.
We pick up quite close to where we left off in Rogue Protocol, with Murderbot having obtained the evidence of its own past and what it did to be wiped (which didn’t quite work) and heads back with the thoughts of somehow getting the intel back to Dr Mensah – former owner, who set Murderbot free at the end of the first book, and always had a peculiar way of both trusting Murderbot and also being one step ahead of understanding the bot almost before it understood itself. However, discovers that Dr Mensah has since been captured. Possibly because they think the doctor was the one who sent Murderbot on its mission in the first place.
GrayCris is the awful organisation that seemingly has no morals – and I mean, very few huge corporations do, but these chaps really do seem to take the cake. However, they are also too big to think on the very human and individual level, which means they aren’t accounting for every possibility. And that is what lets Murderbot (having slightly changed their appearance in a previous novella) slip through the many security systems and travel to where Dr Mensah is currently being held (if you’re able to read between the lines in the newsfeeds) without being detected.
Murderbot is very good at doing what it does, seemingly taking reduced odds as a kind of challenge. At one point it faces down a bot far more lethal than itself, and takes it on with a callus type of glee, yet still processes the situation with absolute certainty.
We seemingly have more mention of its human parts in this book, which goes along with its growing affinity for the people it works with. As in the previous novellas we have the snark and the sass and the way Murderbot has its jokes, but now we also get to see characters from the first book back, and see how they can read and understand Murderbot better than it possibly first remembered.
We have a novel now to look forward to and I can barely wait. Murderbot is fantastic in its journey discovering what it means to be human, and what it means to be outside of what is considered neurotypical. Murderbot gives those who identify as non-neurotypical some hope that where they can be ignored or dismissed, that in this they see that they have value, and some are willing to learn how best to interact with them.