A friend of mine bought me Martha Wells' All Systems Red: the Murderbot Diaries last year for Christmas. And as seems to be typical for me, it took me a long time to decide to actually read it. It's a short book, so I sat down last night to read it and ended up finishing it in one go.
All Systems Red sees Murderbot, our hero, contracted to protect a group of humans who are investigating a planet. Murderbot is a SecUnit who hacked their governor chip some time ago and has been doing everything in their power to remain under the radar. They could have gone on a murderous rampage, but they discovered the entertainment feeds and so just wants to spend their day watching soaps. They continue doing their job as expected so no one becomes suspicious. (They also only refer to themself as Murderbot privately).
But the humans' mission gets off to an odd start; a creature attacks them in a place where their data said there should be no threats. And not long after that, they discover that their map is missing pieces. And when a neighbouring exploration team goes dark, it's up to the humans and Murderbot to figure out what exactly is going on!
All Systems Red was a lot of fun to read. I loved Murderbot. They were a hilarious narrator. I also loved how they were super uncomfortable around humans (even though they loved TV humans) - it made them such an interesting character. I also really liked the human characters they were protecting, and how Murderbot formed a real bond with them; by the end they weren't interested in doing a half-assed job, their humans brought out the best in them.
After finishing the book, I messaged my friend who got it for me. He told me there are more Murderbot Diaries! So I ran to the library to get the next one. :)
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.