All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries

by Martha Wells

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

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

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765397522
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Murderbot Diaries Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 370
File size: 978 KB

About the Author

MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction.

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And much funnier than I expected. The world-building was awesome! I just wish it had been longer. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful and surprisingly humorous. A very good 90 page read with a solid ending.
Caroles_Random_Life 30 days ago
This was great! I had a good feeling about this book when I found myself chuckling on the very first page. This was a story that I didn't want to start once I got started which worked out perfectly since it is short enough to be read in a couple of hours. I am glad that I finally decided to spend a little bit of time getting to know Murderbot. Muderbot is a SecUnit that is technically rogue since it decided to hack its own governor module. Obviously, Murderbot isn't letting anyone know that its governor module has been compromised because if the Company knew they would just get things working the way that they want once again. Murderbot has developed a fondness for human media since going rogue and loves to spend long hours viewing downloaded media. The story was pretty exciting with some unexpected surprises along the way and plenty of action. I loved Murderbot's view of the world and the humor woven into the story. This is definitely a novella that science fiction fans will not want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read that delivers an excellent story. Highly recommend.
Evelina_AvalinahsBooks More than 1 year ago
I had heard all sorts of wonderful things about All Systems Red before I picked it up! 5 Reasons To Read All Systems Red: "Murderbot" is a jailbroken security android (cyborg? Well, you know.) Basically, SecUnits (as they're called) function as remotely controlled synthetic human slaves, basically, and they don't get a say in any of what they're doing, which is mostly murdering hostiles and getting mashed in the process. Murderbot though, a name it has sarcastically given itself (and will be henceforth referred to as 'them' in this review), have jailbroken themselves and would rather just watch hours and hours of sci-fi soaps than interact with humans, who actually give them anxiety fits. Murderbot is incredibly introverted, you see. But in order to not disclose a) having a mind b) having free will c) their predilection towards sci-fi soap operas, Murderbot still has to do their job. Which is how they end up on a ship with a crew they actually don't hate, but... on a mission nobody should be on. Hint: it's a mission that is kind of hard to survive, and it's clearly rigged. Reason #1. Murderbot Is More Human Than The Actual Humans Murderbot comes across as an incredibly introverted personality who is empathetic like any other human being (maybe more so?), but shy of it and trying to hide it even from their own self. Seeing them turn to face the corner when talking to humans or panic while trying not to have their fave scrunch up into a mask of despair when being spoken to was incredibly amusing - and not in a mean way. Murderbot's shyness is SO relatable! You will love this character to bits. I know I did. Reason #2. It's Like A Doctor Who Episode With David Tennant For any Doctor Who fans, this book is like a good episode from the Tennant days – a hostile planet pretending to be neutral, and things slowly get worse and worse and he crew has to figure out what is up. It's just so good! Reason #3. The Virtues This book has incredibly good virtues and such an amazing moral atmosphere. And it's presented in such a self-deprecating manner as well, Murderbot is willing to throw themselves in danger to protect the ones they care about, even though they're aware humans are not really supposed to care "back". It's really touching how Murderbot calls them "my humans". I would say Murderbot is a true sci-fi knight. Reason #4. Murderbot's Gender Or Lack Thereof Well, this is going to be hard to formulate. So, have you ever felt underrepresented? If you're a woman, you most likely have. Because we've got like maybe 2 heroes who jump in and save the day. Other than that, guys always do all the saving. Murderbot though? They don't really have a gender (and are often referred to as ‘it' in the book, but I refuse - Murderbot has too much personality for that!) Anyway, despite probably looking like Terminator, Murderbot is not referred to as male - which is why I found myself imagining them more female than male by the middle of the book! I was surprised, but I figure it comes from wanting to see myself represented as able to do stuff, you know? And Murderbot I'd a character that lets you do that. Reason #5. It's Just So Funny! So maybe this should have been reason #1. This book will keep you laughing throughout the entire time you're reading it, I mean, when you're not having #feels. The manner it is written, and especially the manner Murderbot talks in is just priceless. I can't wait for further installments of The Murderbot diaries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the main characters, and I really liked Murderbot, and the ending made me simultaneously very, very sad, and very happy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique and fascinating narrator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a surprising story, but well told with an amusingly cynical narrator/murderbot. Other than battle sequences that could have been fleshed out with a few extra pages and details, the novella was breezy and gripping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story. Just too short. I think the mix of humans and bots is maybe next century in real time. It's beliveable.
BenT-Gaidin More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a rogue robot who wants what all human/machine-hybrid killers want when they break free of their programming -- to be left alone to watch their favorite TV shows, or at least to have to deal with their human charges as little as possible. Unfortunately, things rarely go that smoothly. Martha Wells is an author that's never left me down, a rare feat, and if this novella doesn't have the space to create quite as rich a world as she usually does, the strength of the murderbot's (anti-social, self-deprecating) character more than makes up for it. I also really appreciate the ending, which is positive without trying to whitewash all the problems that lead to this situation.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. The characters were interesting. The pacing was good, and I liked the story. However, it ended kind of abruptly.