Book Review

Network Effect – Martha Wells

Network Effect


Book Title: Network Effect

Series:  The Murderbot Diaries (#5)

Author: Martha Wells

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  5/5/20

Star Rating:  gold stargold stargold stargold stargold star –  Loved it!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is going to be tough.  It’s going to be hard not to just yell out things like … OMG I love Murderbot!!! I’m nearly incapable of writing a review that isn’t just 100% me fangirling over this series.  I’ll do my best, be forewarned.

Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel.

You 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 Murderbot.

Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century. – Goodreads

Murderbot.  I mean that name communicates so many things, a propensity to extreme violence, lack of humanity, ruthlessness, something to be feared.  The genius of this book is that Murderbot is in actuality none of things.  Murderbot is a … cyborg type person.  Part human, part machine and was owned by one of the major corporations that control the vast majority of the universe.  However, this particular machine figured out how to break the governing modulator that allowed the corporation to control its actions.  Now it is free to live life as it wants.  If only it could figure out what it wants.  Oh wait, I can’t call Murderbot it, I think the right pronoun is they.

Muderbot is a former killing machine, who is antisocial, introverted, addicted to soap operas, extremely intelligent, and more caring that they would have you believe.  They are also laugh out loud hilarious.  I could spend all my time just talking about Murderbot, and the other characters in this novel, like A.R.T (Asshole Research Tranport), because the characterizations in this book are just wonderful.  I adore all of them.

If you’re here primarily for the sci-fi story you will not be disappointed.  The plot is excellent, as Murderbot’s skills are needed to help rescue the daughter of one of the few friends they have managed to make since becoming an independent person.  The book features themes of the evils of massive corporatization, the future of AI, and what makes us human.

If you’re interested you can start with this book, but I would say also don’t miss the four novellas that came before.  Especially the first one. It will help you understand the attachments between characters in the book.  I’ve yet to hear someone say, “I didn’t like Murderbot.”  I’m sure there are some people out there that won’t like it, but I’m not sure who, it is a really great book that I can’t stop recommending to every reader I know.  I hope you like it!

Song for this book:  Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1 – The Flaming Lips


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