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Book Review: All Systems Red, The Murderbot Diaries

Updated: Feb 26

I LOVE Murderbot. Murderbot, the name a rogue SecUnit human/robot hybrid "construct" has given itself, it a bit of a misnomer, so don't be put off by that. The SecUnit is protecting its human clients who are surveying a planet for mining potential when corporation rivalry turns deadly. But the main virtue of the books is Murderbot's wry, dry, snarky voice. My favorite aspect of the series is robots, ships, etc., interacting with each other as winningly as the human characters.


However, these are quite expensive considering the short length, low page count. The first in the series, All Systems Red, is cheap, the other five cost more than I'd prefer to pay for novellas. But it's popular, and I guess the market will bear what we're willing to pay.

Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella

Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella

Winner: 2018 Alex Award

Winner: 2018 Locus Award

One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller


(Note: published Feb. 22, 2021, using a post template, the older date of which is displayed)


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