Network Effect by Martha Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reasons to love Murderbot: It just wants to be left alone with its media. It's also not a murderbot. It also cares deeply about its human clients and the occasional bot it befriends while doing its job. It's also very good at its job, which is protecting its clients, and it is much better at relationships than it gives itself credit for.
Reasons to love this novel-length Murderbot story: it allows enough time and space for the author to go deeper into the construct's relationships and feelings, even if it would be horrified to know that has either one. Thankfully, the length provides an actual novel-length story and not just a series of adventures or episodes strung together. But the fast pace and quick humor are still in place, although subdued ever so slightly.
This book can be enjoyed on its own. But why would a reader deprive themselves of the other stories and the added context they provide? Read them all.
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