Review: All systems Red By Martha Wells

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)All Systems Red by Martha Wells

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a Hugo and Nebula award winning novella!
A “robot” gains sentience and independence while saving it’s crew from certain death numerous times.

My main gripe with this novella is that the “robot” is more accurately described as a cyborg, since they are comprised of inorganic and organic (cloned human) parts. There are also augmented humans in the book which are a less extreme form of cyborg. However the book makes up for this superficial problem by having a markedly different cognitive experience for the robot, and being robot point of view.

It has decent immersion, and is rather to the point with minimum frills and character development, but I read it for the robots. But the ebook is cheap so can’t gripe about the conciseness of this novella.
It had be gripping and tense, masterfully crafted scenes.

So I would give it 4 and a half stars, and an extra star for being available without DRM!
So I simply downloaded it and made it into an hour and half long audio book,
listened to it while putting the kids to bed.

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