Review: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Tor.com (first published May 2nd 2017)
ISBN
1250214718 (ISBN13: 9781250214713)

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 neighbouring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

My Review

I treat myself to this novella yesterday. It took me a couple of hours to read it.

The Rosie Synopsis

Murderbot is a SecUnit for ‘the company’; he’s out on a mission with a survey research team checking out a new planet. He’s really not happy about it, he’d rather be in his cabin watching ‘media’ – soaps mostly. The only other team on the planet go quiet and the team decide they have to check it out. What they find isn’t pleasant and causes questions about just who is running around on the planet.

The Good

Murderbot is funny, the story is good and the writing is excellent.

The Not-So-Good

Too short

The Verdict

More please!

(Actually, I have order books 2 and 3.)

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