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SciFi’s favorite crabby A.I. is again on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

150 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 7, 2018

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Martha Wells

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Martha Wells has been a science fiction and fantasy author since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993. Her New York Times Bestselling series The Murderbot Diaries has won Nebula Awards, Hugo Awards, Locus Awards, and an American Library Association/YALSA Alex Award. Her work also includes The Books of the Raksura series, the Ile-Rien series, and several other fantasy novels, most recently Witch King (Tordotcom, 2023), as well as short fiction, non-fiction, and media tie-ins for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: The Gathering. Her work has also appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the British Science Fiction Association Award ballot, the USA Today Bestseller List, and has been translated into twenty-four languages.

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1,532 reviews7,857 followers
April 22, 2023
"Or Miki was a bot who had never been abused or lied to or treated with anything but indulgent kindness. It really thought its humans were its friends, because that's how they treated it.
I signaled Miki I would be withdrawing for one minute. I needed to have an emotion in private."

Murderbot returns for a third and autumnal installment. 'Bot is a little more experienced, but honestly is making some familiar mistakes. As we all do, really, but I guess I expect more from a heartless killing machine. In this installment, 'Bot is heading to a "terraforming" installation abandoned by the corporation GrayCris, hoping to find data for the fight between GrayCris and Dr. Mensah. Unfortunately, it means integrating itself into an exploration team that already includes an A.I.:

"When I called it a pet robot, I honestly thought I was exaggerating. This was going to be even more annoying than I had anticipated, and I had anticipated a pretty high level of annoyance, maybe as high as 85 percent. Now I was looking at 90 percent, possibly 95 percent."

I enjoyed it, but I don't know that it covered much new ground. The situation gave Murderbot insight into another kind of AI-human relationship, but plotting felt fairly familiar. I'm still not convinced of 'Bot's logic circuits (mild mid-plot spoiler: even when limited to security concerns, but do think 'Bot is a much better A.I. than other characterizations (thinking of Sea of Rust here). I also felt questions raised about the amount of processing 'Bot was doing at certain points. All that said, I really enjoyed it, and it held up to a second read quite well.

Wells always manages to tap me in the feels along with engaging the brain-pan. She's good like that. I'm glad she's finally getting some long-overdue popular recognition (as opposed to her early Hugo-Neb nominated works), because I'd like to see her financially secure enough to keep dreaming up worlds.

If you like 'Bot and bots, you may also enjoy A Closed and Common Orbit (it really does stand alone), another A.I. book. If you think you enjoy Wells, I highly encourage you to give her other books a try, except she's a tricky one, and many of her books are very, very different from one another from the vaguely neo-Edwardian England The Death of the Necromancer to the matriarchal fantasy world of the Raksura. Find one that appeals and go with that.

Re-read July 2019: Still good. Reading the books more closely together, I get the emotional changes in Murderbot over time, and appreciate the Miki storyline better. I had to laugh out loud at 'Bot's response to it, a couple of times, though: "Fuck me." Bot's been watching too many trashy serials.

Love the 'Bot and want to join a re/read? Discuss the upcoming release? Nataliya and I lead a group:
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531 reviews58.4k followers
February 8, 2019
Another adventure with my favorite antisocial A.I. aka Murderbot!

You'll love or hate the humor but it works for me. Quite frankly, Murderbot could do anything and I would enjoy it.

I hadn't loved book 2 but definitely enjoyed book 3. Will get my hands on book 4!
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1,084 reviews17.4k followers
January 7, 2021
I’m going to stop reviewing these books because I’m not going to lie: this entire volume could be about Murderbot laughing at a cat video and I would enjoy it. I love the questions this series brings up of what makes a human, and I’m increasingly feeling like the answers are coming and coming fast. I love the fast-paced plot, I love the sweet human side characters, I love the tidbits of wordbuilding we get here [i know I never say this but I want more!!] and I adore the humor. Reading about an AI making fun of how annoying humans are with comments like “not that I’m bitter or anything” [no, I’m not kidding] is really just the epitome of fun and I would like to continue doing it until the day I die.

I also reviewed book one and
book two.
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1,880 reviews22.7k followers
April 23, 2020
4.5 stars! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Martha Wells’ endearingly grumpy cyborg Security Unit Murderbot returns with a vengeance in Rogue Protocol, the third novella in the MURDERBOT DIARIES series. In Rogue Protocol, Murderbot heads off to Milu, a deserted terraforming facility in space, to investigate the past of a murky group called GrayCris, which we originally met in the first book in this series, the Nebula award-winning All Systems Red. GrayCris appears to be intent on illegally collecting the extremely valuable remnants of alien civilizations. To all appearances Milu is an abandoned project of GrayCris, but Murderbot suspects, based on its online research, that GrayCris may have been secretly using Milu as a cover for its recovery operations for alien remnants. If Murderbot can find proof of these illegal operations on Milu, the legal case against GrayCris will become much more compelling … and perhaps people will forget about a certain SecUnit that has mysteriously gone astray.

As always with its plans, Murderbot thinks it’s going to do this thing all by itself; as usual, a group of humans that desperately needs its help causes a change of plans for our deeply introverted SecUnit. Masquerading as a technologically augmented human security consultant rather than a cyborg, Murderbot find that the bot-driven transport spaceship needs its intervention to mediate conflicts between its passengers (“If you bother her again I will break every bone in your hand and arm. It will take about an hour.”).

Once Murderbot reaches Milu, it finds the facility isn’t entirely abandoned: a team of humans, along with two suspicious security consultants and a chipper human-form robot assistant called Miki, are on an excursion to investigate Milu as well. Murderbot scrambles to convince Miki, and through Miki the rest of the team, that Murderbot is authorized to be on the site as additional security help. And then the team is attacked …

Murderbot’s system hacking, strategizing, and enemy ass-kicking talents continue to develop and amaze in Rogue Protocol, and are just a complete joy to read about. Even Murderbot’s interpersonal relationship abilities develop, despite all of its intentions otherwise. Murderbot does a lot of internal grumping about the various shortcomings of humans, bots and other sentient beings, but when they need its help and protection, somehow Murderbot never fails to throw itself into the fray.

Murderbot is also taken aback by the rather childlike bot Miki’s claim of friendship with its human owner, Don Abene … and even more dumbfounded to find that Don Abene considers Miki a friend as well. Murderbot’s interactions with them prompt it to reevaluate its own relationships with humans, especially Dr. Mensah, Murderbot’s legal owner.

These introspective moments, combined with Wells’ deft hand at creating a believable universe filled with advanced technology, some compelling action, and Murderbot’s dryly humorous voice, make Rogue Protocol a SF novella that’s both fascinating and enjoyable. This is DEFINITELY a series worth reading if you like science fiction … and very possibly even if you’re not generally a SF fan. The fourth novella in this series, Exit Strategy, will be published October 2, 2018.

Initial comments: 4.5 stars. Can’t stop to write a review right now; have to dive into the 4th book! ETA: So I had a major MURDERBOT DIARIES reading binge last night. My excuse is that I'm down with strep throat and can't do much of anything else ... but I probably would have binged on this third book and the next one anyway. :)

I received a free copy of this ebook from Tor for review. Thank you!!

Content note: several F-bombs.
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743 reviews11.8k followers
April 25, 2021
“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas.
(Yes, that was sarcasm.)”
Our not-too-social, cynical, sulky and very snarky Murderbot, “a rogue SecUnit with a record of past mass murder”, hates to admit that it cares, especially when its supposed not-caring was its equivalent of security blanket (yes, pun intended) until now. But care MBot does, and so, instead of choosing a life of watching space soap operas it is headed to Milu, a planet where it just may find some evidence against GrayCris company and help Dr. Mensah - the one who treated our MBot as a person regardless of it not being human.
“If there was one thing good about this situation, it was reinforcing how great my decisions to (a) hack my governor module and (b) escape were. Being a SecUnit sucked. I couldn’t wait to get back to my wild rogue rampage of hitching rides on bot-piloted transports and watching my serials.”

And what would a trip to a dangerous corner of space be without finding a bunch of human researchers who desperately need protection and face certain death without the expertise of a certain Security Consultant?
“A SecUnit’s job is to protect its clients from anything that wants to kill or hurt them, and to gently discourage them from killing, maiming, etc., each other. The reason why they were trying to kill, maim, etc., each other wasn’t the SecUnit’s problem, it was for the humans’ supervisor to deal with. (Or to willfully ignore until the whole project devolved into a giant clusterfuck and your SecUnit prayed for the sweet relief of a massive accidental explosive decompression, not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.)”
This installment really made me think about what future holds for Murderbot. Yes, it is free from the governor module and does not have to obey command of humans who view MBot as nothing more than a dangerous tool, a deadly weapon, something to cautiously use and discard when not needed. Murderbot is seen as property, not person. And that obviously does not sit well with it.
“The only thing I knew for certain was that Preservation didn’t need SecUnits, and their idea of a SecUnit being considered a free agent meant I’d have a human “guardian.” (In other places they just call that your owner.)”
Murderbot does not want to be property, but he does not want to be a pet robot either. Along the way it meets one of those - sweet loyal Miki - but even though at times it almost envies the life of a bot who is loved and cherished, it refuses to even consider trading free will and its own agency for the comforts of pampered life as a “pet”. Slavery taught it the need for fierce independence - but it’s hard when society denies you that and when your disguise remains an obedient SecUnit.
“Or Miki was a bot who had never been abused or lied to or treated with anything but indulgent kindness. It really thought its humans were its friends, because that’s how they treated it.
I signaled Miki I would be withdrawing for one minute. I needed to have an emotion in private.”
“What did Miki have that I wanted? I had no idea. I didn’t know what I wanted.
And yes, I know that was probably a big part of the problem right there.”

“Somewhere there had to be a happy medium between being treated as a terrifying murder machine and being infantilized.”
It’s the sheer unfairness of the disparity between who you are and what society considers you to be that is infuriating. It’s the complacency of those treating you as property and the denial of any free will to the other SecUnits - any one of whom has the same potential of being a full-fledged person just like MBot but is denied that opportunity out of plain inconvenience it would present to those who are “owners” - that elicits real emotion from me, a cynical reader, let alone from Murderbot itself.
“Oh, Murderbot, what did you do?
(I don’t even know. I suspect it has to do with the fact that I went from being told what to do and having every action monitored to being able to do whatever I wanted, and somewhere along the way my impulse control went to hell.)”
Murderbot’s emotional development is also fascinating. It’s done slowly and subtly, but the benefit of binging all the novellas in one sitting is the ability to follow the inevitable change as it gets more comfortable with the idea of personhood. Some anxieties are lessened, some heightened, new emotions is processed and a bit of frustrated anger surfaces more and more through the snark and the sarcasm. It’s done very well, a epitome of showing, not telling.

And just like the two novellas before, it’s fun, it’s a page-turner, it’s captivating, and I love it to bits.

5 stars.
“Again, I know in the telling it sounds like I was on top of this situation but really, I was still just thinking, Oh shit oh shit oh shit.”


My review of the first novella, “All Systems Red” is here.
My review of the second novella, “Artificial Condition” is here.
My review of the fourth one, “Exit Strategy”, is here.
My review of the fifth story (and the first full-length novel), “Network Effect”, is here.
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3,978 reviews170k followers
June 4, 2021
first, some math:

i initially gave this book four stars, which is my go-to reflexive response whenever i like a book, because stars are only important in navigational contexts. HOWEVER, when i (finally) sat down to write a review, i realized i loved it too much, and have tossed it an extry star, mostly because the interactions between miki and murderbot are puh-riceless.

...I don't know, everything was annoying right now and I had no idea why.

Okay, Rin! Miki said. We're friends, and friends call each other by name.

Maybe I did know why.

as murderbot (occasionally a.k.a. 'rin') experiences more of the world as an independent person rather than a leashed gun-for-hire, their personality has been developing into the most reluctant of heroes <--- or whatever the gender-neutral version of that word is.

they're learning how to integrate, how to pass for (heavily augmented) human, and learning alllll about the burden of emotions, loyalty, and (murderbot-shudder) teamwork.

they're also formulating their own moral compass, and it invariably points them in the direction of saving a bunch of dumb blundering humans who would be terrified if they knew what their rescuer actually was.

this time, it's not just dumb humans murderbot's gotta save, but a dumb robot as well.

and it makes murderbot feel so...beleaguered.

miki is a human-form robot assistant, as carefree as a tampon ad—cheery and open and completely trusting of her human companion. murderbot is suspicious of this genuinely mutually-respectful bot-human relationship, which rankles them in a way they cannot identify, but is hundo-percent jealousy.

“What did Miki have that I wanted? I had no idea. I didn’t know what I wanted.

And yes, I know that was probably a big part of the problem right there.”

but miki is not the ditz-bot she appears to be (or she's not just a ditz-bot) she's also incredibly brave under all that squee, and me and murderbot both came to appreciate her eventually.

i'm so in love with this series. sure, sometimes i still get lost with all the futuristic wizardry describing how murderbot circumvents this or that tech since i can't even figure out basic earth-stuff like time zones or leap years, but the character work is sublime and very emotionally relatable.

and that ending? shhheeeeeeeit. please excuse me. like murderbot, i need to go have an emotion in private.





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234 reviews3,010 followers
April 22, 2022
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The weakest book in the series thus far didn't bring anything new to the table.

Just the sheer premise and lighthearted style of writing from Martha Wells in The Murderbot Dairies is enough to carry a book to be enjoyable, but this was certainly the weakest of the bunch. The story didn't bring anything fresh, and this felt like a rehash of the previous stories but without as much humor to carry it.

Plot isn't the strong point of these books, which admittedly would be hard with each book being so short, but this plot was quite bland. It felt eerily similar to the plot of the first book (but not as good), and the addition of a one-off robot friend being introduced felt eerily similar to the plot of the second book (but not as funny).

I did enjoy this, and I'm sure I will enjoy every book in this series, but I'm desperate for the plot to take a new direction so it can really reach it's potential.
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Author 16 books1,511 followers
September 26, 2020
I enjoyed this book a great deal. But not quite as much as the previous two. This one started slow. I think it was the lack of setting the conflict quick enough. Right after the conflict was set, the book hit a wallow and I almost put the book down. I was glad I didn't, the end of the book grabbed me by the throat and drug me through. I'm not sure why book two and book three are broken into two books. Combined they make an average length book. They also deal with the same topic the investigation that got the murderbot in trouble. I'd hate to think the publisher made it two books in order make more money.
David Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series.
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849 reviews5,810 followers
May 14, 2023
I hate caring about stuff. But apparently once you start, you can't just stop.

There are few things more blissful than a snarky robot kicking ass, saving the day and being completely annoyed about it the entire time. Blissful enough to earn this series a Hugo at least, and Rogue Protocol, the third installment of the Murderbot Diaries shows Martha Wells just gets better and better. Immediately following the last book, we now find Murderbot caught up in a life-or-death situation when spying on a terraforming group in order to get some dirt on GrayCris Corporation. You know, the company that almost got everyone killed in the first book and seems willing to kill again to keep their illegal activities under wraps. With a new cast of characters for Murderbot to begrudgingly protect and chock full of high-energy sci-fi action, Rogue Protocol is another brilliant chapter in this ongoing tale of a socially awkward security droid with a big heart.

Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas. (Yes, that was sarcasm.)

After ART from Artificial Condition turned out to be a one-off character, I thought I’d have to continue on with a big ART-shaped hole in my heart. Enter Miki. Miki is about as corny and saccharine as possible so you can only imagine how irritated Murdebot is at all times. It is delightful. Miki calls everyone “friend” and ‘really thought its humans were its friends, because that’s how they treated it,’ which horrifies our snarky hero and makes Murderbot ponder that ‘somewhere there had to be a happy medium between being treated as a terrifying murder machine and being infantilized.’ Add to my glee Murderbot having to constantly save people, including at the beginning acting as security on the transport and breaking up drunken fights and later when shit hits the fan on the terraforming site amidst betrayals (because ‘humans are so fucking unreliable’) and surprise murderous combat units. Through all the action we can count on a good ‘oh for fucks sake,’ from our narrator as well as some amazing fight scenes.

They were all annoying and deeply inadequate humans, but I didn’t want to kill them. Okay, maybe a little.

I also loved seeing Murderbot be exposed as a SecUnit and get to fall back into that role again. Which they are fine with because ‘I was tired of pretending to be human. I needed a break,’ and it also opens the door for just a ton of action in this book. This book is full of twists, fists, and bullets around every flip of the page and I gleefully rode along. As expected there are also some killer one-liners like ‘There needs to be an error code that means “I received your request but decided to ignore you.”’ and so much personality its hard to believe this is under 200pgs.

If you had to take care of humans, it was better to take care of small soft ones who were nice to you and thought you were great because you kept preventing them from being murdered.

Honestly, each time I finish one of these I think they can’t get better and then Wells has pulled it off again. This even has a heartbreaking moment, so, yay. Rogue Protocol—can we talk about how hilariously over the top these titles are, it’s like a rejected James Bond title and I LOVE that about these books—has as many laughs as it does space bullets and I can’t wait to keep reading them. I flat out fucking love these.


If there was one thing good about this situation, it was reinforcing how great my decisions to (a) hack my governor module and (b) escape were. Being a SecUnit sucked. I couldn’t wait to get back to my wild rogue rampage of hitching rides on bot-piloted transports and watching my serials.
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1,108 reviews2,789 followers
December 6, 2021
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3)
by Martha Wells (Goodreads Author), Kevin R. Free (Narrator)

The hunt is on for Dr. Mensah's missing SecUnit (our grumpy, surly, series addicted Murderbot). Also, Dr. Mensah is being blamed for some of GrayCris Corporation's crimes. Murderbot now realizes GrayCris is behind the deaths of countless humans and they have no intention of stopping their murderous evil deeds. This time MB infiltrates a group of scientists on a planet where the terraforming was mysteriously shut down.

Accompanying one of the scientists is a pet robot named Miki. It's all MB can do not to make snarky faces at Miki but then once they are communicating through their internal feeds, MB has to even hide its thoughts from Miki, the thoughts about how disgusting it is to think a bot can have friends. Roll eyes right now. If MB had vomiting parts, it would vomit over all the gushing things Miki says about its human. Ick!

Anyway, MB is on the planet to determine just what GC is doing or not doing but its niggling developing sense of duty means it needs to make sure these humans get off the planet safely. Oh, and Miki thinks MB is its friend. It's also obvious that Miki's human really does think of Miki as her friend and treats Miki with the same kindness and respect that she would treat a human friend. MB actually feels such emotion that it has to go sit alone for a while. It feels anger for how badly it's always been treated in the past and jealousy for not being able to enjoy the treatment that Miki has gotten.

A lot of action happens in this story and it was hard for me to keep up with it at times. But I love being in the head (or stomach...the torso is the best place to store the brains of a SecUnit since enemies will usually shoot for the head) of MB. More and more it is becoming less immune to caring about others. If only it could go back to its binge watching, not caring self. Vomit emoticon (because Miki uses them, so why not).

Published August 7th 2018 by Recorded Books
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Author 2 books563 followers
May 24, 2020
This is novella three in the Murderbot Series. For me, the series is beginning to feel a bit formulaic and has lost some of its charm. Part of the issue for me, is that 1&2 in the series are so good, it’s tough for author Wells to keep up with my expectations. It’s still a great series and I’ll quickly move on to #4 but it felt like a little speed bump in the road.

We start this installment with Murderbot on a transport filled with annoying humans. In the Murderbot Series most of the human’s are either weak, annoying, or evil. On the transport, antisocial Murderbot somehow ends up having to play referee in a series of petty squabbles and fights amongst the worried, irritable, and bored humans. Wells also sneaks in some background information to assist in recapping a bit of Murderbot’s personality and situation for new and returning readers. I found it be a rough start with a great deal of telling and passive-tense writing that is out of place with the rest of the series. However, Wells eventually gets her feet back under her, when Murderbot arrives at a nearly abandoned Milu Station.

Milu Station is a cool setting as it’s nearly abandoned, and Wells creates much dread with this eerily empty location. Here we get introduced to several humans and Miki, a childlike and naïve robot. We seem to be getting one non-human character a novella, each with an exaggerated human trait. Still, it’s what makes the Murderbot Series great, and while Miki isn’t my favorite of these characters, the interaction of Mike and Murderbot is one of the best things about this novella. The other ‘best thing’ is action and once it finally gears up around the 40% mark, it continues pretty much non-stop until the end. Once again, Martha Wells does a great job of telling a complete story but adding a little more to overall series plotline. There are a few twists and a real gut punch that help this novella stay interesting.

Four stars for this slowly starting, but eventual action-packed story in the Muderbot Series that continues to entertain with unique and amusing non-human characters.
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1,838 reviews6,160 followers
September 19, 2018
The good news is that when the robots rebel and decide to kill us all - because let's face it, it's gonna happen - we may have a surprising super-hero in Murderbot. Our favorite snarky, tv-addicted, misanthrope robot can't seem to help him-or-her self when it comes to saving humans. Every time he/she tries to get away from us, he/she ends up needing to save human lives. A very unlikely and begrudging hero.

Heroes come in a lot of different ways.

This book is the continuing story of Murderbot, so if you haven't started the series, you need to because this will make no sense to anyone who hasn't read the first two books.
This will make more sense:

Enough said.

In this episode, Murderbot ends up helping some humans (begrudgingly) who have a "pet robot" named Miki. Miki is the equivalent of a person with a wide-eyed, optimistic view of the world - you know, annoying. Murderbot is looking at Miki in the same way that I would imagine a wolf looking at my dogs. Like, "What the hell, man? Have a little dignity for fuck's sake!"

He loves it!

Miki decides to be Murderbot's friend and it changes Murderbot in a lot of ways.
I love how Martha Wells is developing Murderbot's personality. Eventually, she may even need to give it a gender because it's becoming more and more "human" as the books go on. I don't really want to call Murderbot an "it" anymore.

I'm so excited for the rest of the series. Now, I just have to wait.

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1,682 reviews8,697 followers
December 14, 2021
4.50 Stars. I’m in love! I needed a palate cleanser since I have been reading a lot of slower paced romances, so I thought I might as well shake things up with my favorite SecUnit, Murderbot. After 4 stories, three novellas and one short, I am 100% hooked. This series is so good and it just keeps getting better and better every story. My only complaint is that the stories just end too quickly. Not in content, these are meaty novellas that feel like a good weight, but just in the fact that I want to keep reading about Murderbot. I’ve been trying to pace myself so I don’t just burn through all of these stories. Book 7, does not come out until fall 22’ so I’m not letting myself read them all back-to-back like I dearly want to. I think I’m going to let myself read book 4 and 4.5, but then we will see how long I can go into 2022 before I break and just have to read more Murderbot. If you love sci-fi, like sci-fi, or even just think it is okay, this series really is a must read. It’s too good to miss. If you would like to try the series the prequel is free online. The book page to the free prequel is hard to find, but it’s here https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... which does have the link to where it is posted for free on Tor.
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Author 6 books3,962 followers
August 6, 2018
Urban fantasy has made it to the broken assassinbot AI stage in a big way. Just as much internal monologues as the other field, but this is entirely a corporate/spaceships/planetary colonies kind of popcorn fiction.

Is this is as good as the other two delicious entries? I think so. Maybe not quite as interesting as the last, but introducing the near-skinjob Miki who is treated at worst as a pet and at best as a valued member of the team was a real treat for us, if not for our favorite broken assassinbot just trying to make ends meet long enough to watch her favorite SF soap operas.

And trying not to care whether her clients kick it, of course. :)

Frankly, these novellas are smooth as silk and enjoyable no matter what goes on in them. I blame it on our MC robot. Her ruminations into her nature and her abilities and her interpersonal growth when it comes to the other robots she meets could make even watching paint dry rather interesting. Even so, it's a good thing we're ripping heads off bad guys and dealing with the intrigue of pretending to be someone's chattel or pretending to be human... sometimes successfully... while always running the risk of becoming a major scary target because she is what she is.

Ongoing goodness? Yes. Very enjoyable.
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476 reviews609 followers
December 12, 2020
Murderbot is back. This time it decides to take an active approach to bringing down the corporation who sabotaged its... it hates to call them friends, but what other word is there? The other participants of the first book's plot. Yes, participants, that will do. Going to a planet that had its teraforming shut down, Murderbot investigates why the project was abounded. Along with a new group of scientists and and extremely friendly robot named Miki, Murderbot discovers another plot and *sigh* has to keep more people alive. Damn those humans making it work.

Murderbot is without a doubt my favorite AI character in any medium. Nothing in film, television, video games or books even competes. This time though, I confess I was less enthused than the previous. Murderbot is as charming as ever and its interactions are a delight, but the plot here wasn't as polished. This little mini-adventure kind of felt like filler. Entertaining filler, but more like we needed to pad some time before the final. We do see some (begrudging) growth from Murderbot as a character, but thus far this book feels like the weak link to me.

So why the fairly high rating? Because it's MURDERBOT. Seriously, I may have issues with this one, but not enough to knock it down from four. These stories are a blast, the characters consistently likeable and all around a fun read. Complaints aside, I would read 600 pages of Murderbot just complaining about what it was watching on its programs, and I would still be content. 4/5
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724 reviews1,202 followers
August 6, 2018
Niki's Narrative Novella Review [Part 3/4]: I braced myself for this book. My trust in this author and this series was so strong by this point that I just hopped in and buckled up without even asking where we were going. And I was treated to possibly my favorite of the bunch (it’s like combing fine hairs). With all the key components right up front, some amazing Murderbot feels that kind of rocked some of my perspectives on life (that’s deep), and crazy whirlwind action that almost gave me whiplash, it rocked. If I wasn’t convinced from how much I loved the first two books, I was definitely a huge, unapologetically screaming fangirl by this point. Holy smoley that was good.

...read the rest of narrative at www.NikiHawkes.com
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871 reviews1,760 followers
December 31, 2021
Another fun installment, though story didn't progressed in terms of series plot. Bot was good but it was Miki who stole the show for me. I loved Miki and how his kept the story light and fun.
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805 reviews289 followers
November 30, 2020
Another awesome adventure with my favorite killer robot, Rogue Protocol has much more heart than the last two installments with the introduction of Miki, a sweet helper robot. Miki is as loyal as a puppy and as kind and devoted to its humans, as they are to it. Murderbot finds this relationship between human and machine, at times revolting and at other times endearing. Murderbot is a tad envious of Miki, but has to set up a connection with it to get information it needs. Mayhem ensues.
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1,220 reviews224 followers
November 27, 2022
The good thing about pretending to be an augmented human security consultant instead of a construct SecUnit is that you can tell the humans to shut up.

Rogue Protocol marks the third short entry in Murderbot's diaries, and once again our favourite anti-social bot has found a way to continue it's journey to evidence and eventual freedom - all going to plan, which of course it doesn't.

I didn't want to see helpless humans. I'd rather see smart ones rescuing each other

I feel you, Murderbot.

Unfortunately, a quiet life was never to be, and it's not long before there's a new group of humans that really quite need a handy security expert to stand between them and certain danger. This time, though, they have a robot friend, Miki, who brings up all sorts of reactions and emotions from our protagonist (emotions which are had in private, thank you). It's the kind of emotional work that makes this series so stand out for me - it just gets better on the reread, where there's time to properly take in the nuances. (Reread 3; that still holds true!)

This was going to be even more annoying than I had anticipated, and I had anticipated a pretty high level of annoyance, maybe as high as 85 percent. Now I was looking at 90 percent, possibly 95 percent.
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698 reviews868 followers
May 7, 2019
I received an advanced reading copy from Tor.com in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

I wish to echo Ann Leckie and simply say "I love Murderbot!"

The Murderbot Diaries is indeed shaping up to be a fantastic series of novellas that tick all the right boxes, albeit in a smaller-sized package of excellent science fiction action and empathetic character development.

The Murderbot, despite all her desires to be left alone, investigating into the suspicious affairs of the massive GrayCris Corporation; one which her client back from the first book is still trying to bring down after escaping from an almost fatal mission. Our snarky anti-social high-tech AI bot is definitely becoming more 'human' than it wished to be.

I hate caring about stuff. But apparently, once you start, you can't just stop.

Murderbot's research takes her to an abandoned terraforming facility in a forsaken planet which needed quite a bit of logistical manoeuvring to access. But armed with her impressive stash of media to bribe her way through transport bots, she finally reached the desired destination and expertly infiltrated an assessment expedition crew's mission on the same facility.

Perhaps it is just me, as growing up with the Aliens franchise has made me especially sensitive to abandoned facilities in space, and scenes where a small crew explores the lonely, quiet and creepy long corridors. Half the time I was expecting some alien and hostile biological creature to attack the humans, giving me this frisson of suspense and excitement as I read through these sections of the story.

It should come as no surprise anymore, but I am still amazed by the character development imparted in this short narrative. Aside from Murderbot, everyone else is new and Wells has yet again created an awesome non-human character; this time in the form of a humanoid bot, one which is less high-tech than the SecUnit. Miki is not as hilarious as ART from the previous book, but its characterisation is just as compelling, particularly in its loyalty to its human companions, whom it calls friends.

I firmly believe that one does not need to be a fan of science fiction to enjoy The Murderbot Diaries. Just think of it as reading about this badass but anti-social warrior - one who enjoys her TV series and books and perhaps might be a little softie inside after all - as she snoops around, hacking her way into almost everything and kicking enemies' asses. And all the while delivering sarcastic humour through her introspection and quips. In short, these novellas are super fun.

As much as I am looking forward to the concluding volume of The Murderbot Diaries, there is some trepidation in saying goodbye.

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Author 3 books248k followers
June 23, 2020
”’Oh, Murderbot, what did you do?’

(I don’t even know. I suspect it has to do with the fact that I went from being told what to do and having every action monitored to being able to do whatever I wanted, and somewhere along the way my impulse control went to hell.)

‘The only way out of this was to kill them.’”

I’ve been stuck in long, droning meetings with annoying, stupid humans before where I would briefly run a Tarantino scenario through my head where I emerge from the conference room bloodied, but grinning from ear to ear. Of course, for me it is just a way to while away a few more minutes of my life while looking longingly at the escape hatches: doors, windows, and perceived weaknesses in the sheetrock, but with our favorite SecUnit, where morality can be circumvented by logic, this can be a dicey situation where murder just simply becomes the most rational option.

”Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?”

Murderbot is stuck on a transport with too many inadequate humans, and as part of her cover as a normally functioning SecUnit, not one that has errhhh broken their governing module, she is having to intercede and mediate between squabbling humans. Their petty issues are deleted from her memory almost as quickly as they are explained to her. This takes valuable time away from viewing/reading her saved media entertainment, in particular her favorite space drama Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon.

Sanctuary Moon is the only thing keeping Murderbot from...well….

Fortunately, Milu Station is reached, and finally, without any unforeseen disasters, Murderbot can rid herself of these humans, like fleas fleeing a robotic dog.

The station is nearly deserted, and it soon becomes readily apparent, among these eerie, Poe-in-space corridors, that something isn’t right. There is something lethal, something insidiously devoted to a program that will make the corridors run red with blood. Murderbot is going to have to figure out how to get everyone back on the transport without getting shredded herself. She has help from an unlikely source, a robot named Miki, who provides much of the levity with a happy, puppy mentality that frequently makes Murderbot want to gag herself.

”Miki was a bot who had never been abused or lied to or treated with anything but indulgent kindness. It really thought its humans were its friends, because that's how they treated it.

I signaled Miki I would be withdrawing for one minute. I needed to have an emotion in private."

Most of the time Murderbot is too busy going... Oh Shit! Oh Shit! Oh Shit!...to worry about Miki, but regardless, as readers we quickly become very attached and very worried about Miki.

This is yet another encounter for Murderbot with the soulless entity GrayGris Corporation, whose company motto is, ”Profit by killing everybody and taking their stuff.” It isn’t as if Murderbot is the Robin Hood of the universe and wants to take down GG Corp, but the universe just doesn’t seem big enough for Murderbot to avoid getting entangled in their galaxy expansive, nefarious pursuits.

This is such a fun series with lots of jabs at the human race from the objective (well mostly objective) view of an artificial intelligence, who is somehow more moral (well most of the time) than we seem capable.

Now, I need to go cue up Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon before these annoying humans start driving me batshit crazy!

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1,606 reviews1,480 followers
February 27, 2022
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Reread starts today 27Apr2020

Still just as good the second time through. Really enjoying my time with MB.

Original Review

Murderbot is again witty, sarcastic, grumpy and a little bit on the broken side. All things I love in a hero. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I’m totally rooting for them way more than any of the humans *shrugs*.

I had so much fun with Murderbot and ART in the last book that I was worried this one wouldn’t live up to it. But I was happily surprised that not only did it hold up well compared to the books before it, Rogue Protocol also gave us another facet of the character that is Murderbot.
“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas.
(Yes, that was sarcasm.)”

Murderbot is traveling to the Milu on the outer rim to verify some postulated information that GrayCris (a bad company) has been offing the competition in order to mine artifacts from an ancient civilization and hiding it as a mining operation. It’s stowed away on another transport and can’t help but notice that this one isn’t nearly as much fun as ART, but what is?

When Murderbot gets to the area they are interested in investigating there is a team there also trying to get to the main mining site to investigate and they have a pet bot named Miki. This poses a conundrum to our Murderbot, trust the pet bot to get access to the team or try to go it alone and probably get caught. Better to use the bot Miki but that has some emotional pushback that was unexpected as well.
“Or Miki was a bot who had never been abused or lied to or treated with anything but indulgent kindness. It really thought its humans were its friends, because that’s how they treated it.
I signaled Miki I would be withdrawing for one minute. I needed to have an emotion in private.”

From there it is another great ride where Murderbot accidentally stumbles into a group of humans to protect, makes a few friends and thwarts the bad guys…mostly. Rogue Protocol tugged on my heartstrings a little more than I thought it would as Murderbot makes a few more discoveries about themselves and starts developing some morals of their own.
“Right, so the only smart way out of this was to kill all of them. I was going to have to take the dumb way out of this.”

This was full of fun and some good surprises as well as a bad surprise. I’m loving this series and can’t wait to see where the next installment goes.
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666 reviews864 followers
October 24, 2020
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) by Martha Wells

Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol (Murderbot Diaries #3) takes a little longer to kick into action than the previous two installments, but was still fun. Murderbot's interactions with other AI, this time Miki, continues to be among the highlights. Miki is not nearly as interesting as Murderbot; however, Miki's personae allows the reader to speculate not only about the range of AI functions and abilities, but also about how we'll try to turn our AIs into friends. The last Murderbot installment, Artificial Condition, is my favorite, but Rogue Protocol keeps me wanting more!
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1,536 reviews9,771 followers
May 16, 2022
Rogue Protocol is the third book within Martha Wells' addictive series, The Murderbot Diaries.

I picked this series up on a whim last year and quickly fell in love with Murderbot, as well as Martha Wells' humorous writing style. It drew me in right away!

In this installment we rejoin Murderbot on its continued hunt for answers regarding its violent past.

It ends up on another mission, this time heading to a terraforming facility once run by the mysterious and sinister GrayCris Corporation.

More humans are involved; there mucky things up for our beloved Murderbot, yet again. It also needs to befriend, or intelligently influence, another AI. This time a tragically-adorable, human-form companion robot named, Miki.

Miki's entire personality was exploding with cute. I loved their interactions; so pure.

As usual, there was a lot of action, more betrayals and evil corporate cover-ups. It also ended much too quickly, although this one definitely crushed my heart a little bit there at the end. Not going to lie.

Why did I have to be listening to it before I had even had my first coffee of the day?

Sadness aside, I can't quit Murderbot! I'm excited to continue on with their story.

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232 reviews68 followers
May 9, 2022
Ahhh Murderbot. Even on a reread, with some redundant schtick and plot movement, you never fail to make me happy.

These books are just so dang approachable, and it is impossible not to root for our rogue SecUnit.

This series is becoming my own version of 'Sanctuary Moon', and I couldn't be happier about that.

Another fun adventure. Another bunch of laughs. Another appreciative round of character resonance. Quick and tidy and comfortable.
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590 reviews248 followers
April 14, 2023
Past life investigation out of the way, Murderbot is at a loss for where to go next. Reading about GrayCris' increasing threats to Dr. Mensah, the SecUnit promptly decides to dig up some dirt on the corporation, by researching an abandoned archeological site.

Thanks to its latest physicaly changes, the protagonist feel fairly confident about his self-appointed mission. Until it realises, that it cannot rely on any crowd blending techniques, when there are no crowds to hide in. And even worse, the archeological team's bot is on to him from the get go. Basically, all the SecUnit can do is lie its teeth off and hope for the best.

Miki and Murderbot
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This is the book where Murderbot has to confront its jealousy and admit its yearning for a crew... or well, spend a significant amount of time in denial. It was all sorts of cute and heartbreaking. Plus the whole inner grumbling about Miki's naïveté, while simultaneously risking its existence to protect humans even in the absence of an actual contract, was not telling at all.

The action sequences were quite exciting this time around, and I loved the amount of ad-hoc planning that the SecUnit is forced to do. That said, the final showdown was kind of disappointing for me. Without spoiling too much, I can give it points for the suitably dramatic idea, but none for how much it actually affected me. Then again, I do tend to have trouble relating to action scenes in writing.

Score: 4.4/5 stars

I don't really have too much to say beyond cooing over Miki's cuteness, and giving knowing smiles whenever Murderbot insists that it wouldn't stand a chance against an actual combat unit.

Review of book 1: All Systems Red
Review of book 2: Artificial Condition
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Review of book 4.5: Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory
Review of book 5: Network Effect
Review of book 6: Fugitive Telemetry
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166 reviews30 followers
December 22, 2021
خب این مجموعه‌ای بود که قبل خوندن براش شوق و ذوق داشتم و فکر می‌کردم ازش خوشم بیاد، ولی خب.. توی این سه جلد چیز خیلی خاصی نداشته
یک سوم اول هر سه تا کتاب هم باعث می‌شدن دلم بخواد ولشون کنم و رد شدن از اون قسمت‌ها خیلی روی اعصاب بود. البته بعدش خوب می‌شد ولی نه آنچنان که تحت تأثیر قرار بگیرم
هنوز نمی‌دونم جلد آخری باشه که خوندم یا نه ولی شک دارم ادامه بدم
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442 reviews185 followers
August 22, 2018
A call from Dr. Mensah sends Murderbot back on the trail of GrayCris, the company that tried to kill all the researchers Murderbot was assigned to protect in All Systems Red. GrayCris is still looking to camouflage its alien artifact recovery schemes, so Murderbot is in a good position to damage them by uncovering the truth about their illegal activities on Milu, where the company recently abandoned a terraforming facility. As usual, a group of humans mucks things up, and Murderbot must rescue their fragile, squishy hides from certain death at the hands of corporate killers.
The Murderbot formula is still a winning one – Murderbot just wants to watch TV, humans need its help, Murderbot saves their sorry asses, then goes back to watching TV knowing it’s just going to end up doing the same thing all over again. This time, the humans are looking for the same thing Murderbot is, instead of just being hapless victims of circumstance (All Systems Red) or suicidally naïve (Artificial Condition). Another big part of the fun of this series is Murderbot’s interaction with other AIs, and this time, the absurdly friendly, upbeat Miki provides Murderbot with the ally it needs to make inroads with Miki’s human companions. Miki is absurdly loyal to its human companions, and its innocent inquiries force Murderbot to reveal it is not the augmented human security consultant it pretends to be, while Miki’s trusting nature allows Murderbot to goad its amiable new comrade into keeping its secret. Murderbot privately refers to Miki as the humans’ “pet”, the very thing Murderbot was afraid of becoming if it had stayed with Dr. Mensah. This forces Murderbot to confront exactly what its own human friends mean to it.
Another near-perfect blend of sci-fi action, suspense, and canny character observations make this third go-round as much a must-read as the previous two novellas, leading right into what promises to be a grand finale in the forthcoming Exit Strategy.
151 reviews44 followers
March 4, 2022
reread: march 4, 2022
yeah, this is still my least favourite murderbot book, but i definitely enjoyed this waaay more the second time around and the audiobook is just AMAZING.

original review: september 8, 2020
martha wells is at it again... making me feel things for ships and bots and drones.

despite that, i’m giving this one 4 stars because i pretty much lost the plot about halfway through. surprisingly, i didn’t get attached to the human characters in this one (and there were a lot of human characters—maybe too many??) and the stakes just didn’t feel as high as with murderbot’s previous adventures. i still really enjoyed it though. at this point, anything narrated by murderbot is automatically a hundred times better than anything that isn’t
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