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Network Effect Murderbot returns in its highly anticipated, first, full length standalone novelYou know that feeling when you re at work, and you ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows And you re a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction Congratulations, you re MurderbotCome for the pew pew space battles, stay for the most relatable AI you ll read this century I m usually alone in my head, and that s whereplus percent of my problems areWhen Murderbot s human associates not friends, never friends are captured and another not friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic actionDrastic action it is, then Surely they won t suspect anything, Ratthi was saying to the others at the bulk dock Who runs around with a friendly rogue SecUnit Besides us, I meanI DO, I DO, I DOmy risk assessment module thought everything was great I know, it worries me when I say that, too Performance reliability 200% Murderbot is back and gets emotionally compromised view spoiler..was glad I could pretend to be too overwhelmed by being reassembled to respond, because I kind of was overwhelmed Surely they won t suspect anything, Ratthi was saying to the others at the bulk dock Who runs around with a friendly rogue SecUnit Besides us, I meanI DO, I DO, I DOmy risk assessment module thought everything was great I know, it worries me when I say that, too Performance reliability 200% Murderbot is back and gets emotionally compromised view spoiler..was glad I could pretend to be too overwhelmed by being reassembled to respond, because I kind of was overwhelmed That was ART, and my humans, and humans I had known for maybe five minutes, and a Barish Estranza SecUnit that 2.0 had randomly found, all cooperating to retrieve me I m going to stop talking for a while nowhide spoiler ART is back and gets emotionally compromised view spoilerART should know how you really feel about it And this is serious, it s like you and ART are making a baby just so you can send it off to get killed or deleted or or whatever might happen A baby I said I was still mad at Amena telling ART about my emotional collapse behind my back But I really wish ART had a face, just so I could see it right now It s not a baby, it s a copy of me, made with codehide spoiler The readers are back and get emotionally compromised And while we all know Murderbot just hates this with a vengeance, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and I am so on board forAll those F words F CK, FR NDS, F LINGSSo, you have a relationship with this transport I was horrified Humans are disgusting No Ratthi made a little exasperated noise I didn t mean a sexual relationship Update 5 4 20 My full review, finally This book will be published tomorrow, May 5 Review first posted on Fantasy Literature 4.5 starsMartha Wells Murderbot has been gathering enthusiastic fans which would be certain to have Murderbot hiding behind its opaque ard faceplate , along with multiple Nebula, Hugo and other awards and nominations, as each of the first four novellas in the MURDERBOT DIARIES series has been published over the last three years In Network Effect, the first full l Update 5 4 20 My full review, finally This book will be published tomorrow, May 5 Review first posted on Fantasy Literature 4.5 starsMartha Wells Murderbot has been gathering enthusiastic fans which would be certain to have Murderbot hiding behind its opaque ard faceplate , along with multiple Nebula, Hugo and other awards and nominations, as each of the first four novellas in the MURDERBOT DIARIES series has been published over the last three years In Network Effect, the first full length novel in this series, Wells is able to explore acomplex plot and tofully develop Murderbot s character and its relationships with others.Murderbot is now with Dr Mensah and the other Preservation Station characters who Murderbot was protecting in the first book, All Systems Red, and the fourth, Exit Strategy Preservation is an unusually liberal society in this universe, where single minded, coldhearted corporate profit making is the norm, and Mensah and her family and friends treat Murderbot, who they call SecUnit, as a person rather than as a possession Mensah s brother in law Thiago, however, is suspicious of Murderbot s influence over Mensah, and Mensah s adolescent daughter Amana considers Murderbot an annoyance, especially after it scared off someone she thought was a romantic interest Yes, it was hilarious.As Network Effect begins, Murderbot is accompanying Thiago, Amana and several others on a survey expedition of another planet After surviving an encounter with pirates where Murderbot gets a chance to flex its muscles and show its expertise as a security consultant the group lifts off the planet to rejoin their base ship in space Just after the base ship exits a wormhole on its return to Preservation Station, there s another attack on their group This one succeeds in capturing Murderbot and Amena in their spacesuits and pulling them onboard the raider ship Murderbot is completely bewildered to discover that the ship that attacked them is its old friend ART an acronym for Asshole Research Transport from Artificial Condition But ART, the powerful artificial intelligence that controls the ship Perihelion, is nowhere to be found once they re onboard the ship Instead there are gray skinned hostile humans that immediately try to kill Murderbot Now it s on The bot and AI characters Murderbot, ART, and a couple of new ones are absolutely fantastic Murderbot s and ART s friendship though Murderbot would be really reluctant to call it a friendship gets a lotcomplicated and real, especially after Murderbot thinks ART has betrayed it One of the subplots features sentient killware, a lethal kind of spyware malware, which was one of the best parts of this book, fascinating and unexpectedly poignant Murderbot takes some substantial steps forward in its self understanding and in deciding what it wants to do with its life The right of self determination for all sentient intelligences is an ongoing theme in Network Effect.In addition to Murderbot s favorite human Dr Mensah, a couple of other human characters start to stand out, including Mensah s daughter Amena, who has a way of cutting through Murderbot s protective shell Wells has a degree in anthropology, which explains a lot about how well she writes the relationships and interactions between people and bots in this series The title Network Effect has at least two different meanings it s a key aspect of the enemy Murderbot and its friends and allies face in this novel, but it also references the growing and changing ties between Murderbot and its human and non human friends Murderbot still hates the F word that would be feelings and it likes to snark about humans stupid decisions, but it s now willing to admit that it cares about people and actually enjoys helping and protecting them.A little of the tension went out of her body Thank you Her face looked younger She looked like she had been pretending to have hope and now she didn t have to pretend any Confession time that moment, when the humans or augmented humans realize you re really here to help them I don t hate that moment Network Effect isn t perfect the pace lags in parts and the plot gets overly convoluted and confusing in the second half One significant aspect of the key danger that the characters face doesn t make sense to me logically view spoiler It s an alien malicious code that needs to be passed from machine to humans to machines as it infects and takes over and controls you No good reason is given for this odd quirk hide spoiler But the good parts of Network Effect are just SO good that they completely outweigh any plot weaknesses Oneexample There s a bit with some HelpMe.file excerpts that Wells uses to good effect to relate some of the backstory They re initially a bit of a headscratcher, if only because of their odd headers, but when the payoff comes much later in the book, it s a brilliant plot turn.Murderbot both the character and the series has grown on me immensely with each book in the series Murderbot may be a cyborg, but it s one of the most human and appealing characters I ve had the pleasure of meeting.Update 5 1 20 Rereading as of yesterday I started looking at my ARC yesterday evening so I could write my full review, then I said to myself I ll just reread the first 50 pages or so, and now I m on page 200 DON T JUDGE ME.Comments after first read 4.5 stars it was great The only thing better than a Murderbot novella is a full Murderbot novel with ART the Asshole Research Transport in it Review to come Cheers I m sorry most of my Murderbot loving GR friends have to wait until May 2020 to get this, but I promise it s worth the wait.Initial post A copy of the ARC of this book landed on my doorstep today I literally gasped in delight What a fantastic surprise Thank you Tor THERE CAN NEVER BE ENOUGH MURDERBOT IN MY LIFE 4.5 5 stars There are few things in life that make me happier than spending time with Murderbot which is ironic, considering it would rather do literally anything than be social The Novellas alone were enough to solidify the series as an all time favorite, so discovering this full length novel was in the works immediate jumped it to the top of my priority list for 2020 Network Effect was every bit as sardonic, action packed, and endearing as the novellas, but took it one step further by a 4.5 5 stars There are few things in life that make me happier than spending time with Murderbot which is ironic, considering it would rather do literally anything than be social The Novellas alone were enough to solidify the series as an all time favorite, so discovering this full length novel was in the works immediate jumped it to the top of my priority list for 2020 Network Effect was every bit as sardonic, action packed, and endearing as the novellas, but took it one step further by adding evendepth to the characters.The unique writing style is the best thing about these books aside from character construction It doesn t follow typical storytelling constructs and often comes across asconversational than anything else There s a great deal of punctuation used to convey Murderbot s sardonic tone, and no shortage of profanity for comedic impact I ve never read anything that comes this close to how I communicate in my daily life, so even the bones of how the story was presented sang to my soul There were a few occasions where the sarcastic voice was a bit heavy handed, but this is one of the few cases I would rather a little too much than not enough.And then we have Murderbot The best character in sci fi, hands down.I think it s my spirit animal It s awkward and introverted and just wants to be left alone to watch its tv serials and I can relate to every single solitary time it couldn t bring itself to people any But the brilliance in this novel is that, social obligational constructs aside, it still craves connection And that s where the story becomes muchthan a action packed sci fi It s about a rogue SecUnit trying to carve out a place for itself in the universe Did Murderbot make me cry Maybe I don t know Fuck off.Recommendations The Murderbot Diaries is in close running with The Expanse and Planetside as my favorite sci fi on the market It s exciting, it s funny as shit, and it has that magic X factor that gets people emotionally invested Start with All Systems Red, and I bet you ll know within the first few pages if it s something you ll enjoy I was hooked from the first sentence, and it has only gotten better from there Consider this an official Obsessive Bookseller endorsement this series is fantastic Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.comOther books you might like You know, if you don t want to be manually eviscerated with your own energy weapon then maybe you shouldn t go around killing research transports and antagonizing rogue SecUnitsI finally figured out that one of the reasons I love Murderbot so much is that it s my soul sibling MB s preemptive pessimism and expectation of the worst case scenario every time it is faced with a new problem is exactly my modus operandi, although I m rather good at concealing itI was worried about MenYou know, if you don t want to be manually eviscerated with your own energy weapon then maybe you shouldn t go around killing research transports and antagonizing rogue SecUnitsI finally figured out that one of the reasons I love Murderbot so much is that it s my soul sibling MB s preemptive pessimism and expectation of the worst case scenario every time it is faced with a new problem is exactly my modus operandi, although I m rather good at concealing itI was worried about Mensah, if everything had been okay while I was gone I wasn t sure exactly what okay would involve, but I was willing to settle for unmurdered It was too dark for her to see my expression I m not sure what it was but you could probably describe it as skeptical Ratthi says that s how I look most of the timeThis is the first full length Murderbot novel, following four amazing novellas that I only discovered a couple of weeks ago, but already cannot remember what life was like without Murderbot in it I kid, I kid well, mostly In typical Murderbot fashion we have all the snarky sarcastic grumpiness of our prickly media obsessed nonhuman person who is secretly a softie, but if you mention the f word view spoiler feelings hide spoiler to it you have only yourself to blame for what s going to follow We have space exploration and space raiders and alien abductors and sentient killware and contamination by alien remnants, and space flight and explosions and other stuff that tends to result in the catastrophic systems failure and forced systems shutdownoften than not.But what we have at the heart of this story is, of course, the issue of personhood and interpersonal relationships And friendship that other dreaded f wordIn a low voice, Ratthi commented to Overse, Anyone who thinks machine intelligences don t have emotions needs to be in this very uncomfortable room right nowYou see, after a pretty traumatic life of being treated as nothingthanan appliance for a team , a dangerous weapon that can be discarded and abandoned if its human clients need to save their own hides, and being very much an introvert to begin with, Murderbot is not too comfortable with feelings and affection and emotions Not that it does not have emotions those are present in abundance but MB is very uncomfortable expressing them M Bot is a very private person and prefers it that wayRatthi had said, I think you should let it go for a while, at least until we get ourselves out of this situation SecUnit is a very private person, it doesn t like to discuss its feelings This is why Ratthi is my friendMB has its favorite human Dr Mensah, and our old friends from the Preservation Aux survey team from the first novellaJust clients And if anyone or anything tried to hurt them, I would rip its intestines outbut it isthan reluctant to admit how much others can mean to it Especially when a certain ART is concerned, an immense artificial intelligence located in the interplanetary spaceship that Murderbot befriended back in the second novella, and gave it, ahem, an interesting nicknameExcept that I m being held prisoner by a giant asshole of a research transport If I got angry at myself for being angry I would be angry constantly and I wouldn t have time to think about anything else Wait, I think I am angry constantly That might explain a lotMurderbot goes through a complicated and confusing mix of emotional breakdown and a temper tantrum although that last one was mostly justified given all those feelings of betrayal , and tries to come to term with the blatantly obvious fact that its relationship with ART is that of a deeply committed friendship Yeah, I knowIt still sounded disgusting Do you have to call it a relationship Ratthi shrugged one shoulder You don t like the word friendship What else is there I had no idea I did a quick search on my archives and pulled out the first result Mutual administrative assistanceYes, emotional vulnerability is difficult for our SecUnit Can t fault it for that MB s life until a few kilohours ago used to be basically a neverending case of PTSDI yelled, ART, stop talking to my human behind my back You know that thing humans do where they think they re being completely logical and they absolutely are not being logical at all, and on some level they know that, but can t stop Apparently it can happen to SecUnits, tooThe other continuing thread is the right of a sentient intelligent being to self determination and personhood, the overarching theme of the entire series Murderbot s world is the corporatized universe of the future, where planets with their inhabitants are property and indentured servitude to companies is a way of life, and Corporation Rim is a very powerful supragalactic entityCorporations didn t actually invent space and planets, despite the patents the company had tried to fileUnlike theegalitarian and utopian outliers of the Preservation Alliance, Corporation Rim will always view our MB as not a person but property, tool, weapon, appliance, dangerous but disposable And thewe get to know MB theandjarring this feels instead of desensitization the incongruence between what it IS and what the corporate world considers it to be becomesandpainful As it should beI was getting tired of being told what to do Self determination was a pain in the ass sometimes but it beat the alternative by a lotIn the middle of snark and lightheartedness and overall hijinks the serious reminders of SecUnits slavery and subjugationSecUnits are not rabid murderers unless humans specifically order them to beand any of the transgressions even involuntary punishable by torture and death are sobering And anger provoking And poignantI love it when humans forget that SecUnits are not just guarding and killing things voluntarily, because we think it s funAnd no person needs to take that kind of treatment from anyone view spoilerI want you to know if you help me, I ll help you, and that you can trust me Now here s the code to disable your governor module Just because we re both rogue SecUnits doesn t mean we re going to be friends, but I knew if it went back, it would be dead I d hacked my governor module and kept doing my job because I didn t know what else to do except you know, a murderous rampage, but murderous rampages are overrated and interfere with one s ability to keep watching media but that was different from escaping and then going back I said, Because change is terrifying Choices are terrifying But having a thing in your head that kills you if you make a mistake isterrifyinghide spoiler The ending of Network Effect left me so happy and hopeful Because I love seeing our MB grow and develop and find what it wants and go for it The universe owes it that at the very leastConfession time that moment, when the humans or augmented humans realize you re really here to help them I don t hate that moment5 stars Now excuse me as I start my re read already.And now the impatient wait begins for the further adventures of Peri s SecUnit and Asshole Research Transport EDITED TO ADD I caved in and switched the pronoun to Murderbot s preferred it instead of he , based on the word of God Martha Wells Feels jarring but I ll try My review of the first novella, All Systems Red is here.My review of the second novella, Artificial Condition is here.My review of the third one, Rogue Protocol , is here.My review of the fourth one, Exit Strategy , is hereRatthi sighed, leaned against the wall and said, So, you have a relationship with this transport I was horrified Humans are disgusting No Ratthi made a little exasperated noise I didn t mean a sexual relationship Amena s brow furrowed in confusion and curiosity Is that possible No I told her Ratthi persisted, You have a friendship I settled back in the corner and hugged my jacket No Not No Not any Ratthi asked pointedly No, I said very firmly.

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