Thursday, February 6, 2020

Artificial Condition

I was very excited to find book two of Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries, Artificial Condition, was in at the library.  I started reading it last night and just finished it now.

This time, Murderbot is on the run.  After deciding to go their own way, rather than follow Mensah, Murderbot decides to travel to the planet where they killed humans.  Murderbot doesn't know exactly what happened there because their memory was wiped of the event (but their organic tissue still remembers).

To get to the planet and investigate, Murderbot gets a ride from ART (Asshole Research Transport). ART is a ridiculously smart transport who is bored having to do a cargo run, so decided to help Murderbot for fun.  ART even uses its medical facilities to alter how Murderbot looks (so they will be less noticeably not human).

To get down onto the planet, Murderbot needs to get the proper paperwork.  The easiest way is to get a job as a security consultant.  And so they end up hired by a group who had their research stolen.  Knowing this is a ridiculously bad idea, Murderbot accompanies the clients down to the planet into multiple traps; they all get away thanks to Murderbot (with ART's help in the feeds).

I didn't think it was possible to love this series any more than I did from All Systems Red, but here we are.  ART was the perfect compliment to Murderbot.  They functioned so well together as a team, I was honestly super sad to see ART and Murderbot part ways at the end of the book. :(

I really, really enjoyed reading this book, and can't wait for #3 (which should be waiting for me at the library today!)

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