The Murderbot Diaries: Not What I Expected

While I was visiting family this summer, my brother-in-law recommended a novella to me called All Systems Red by Martha Wells. “It’s the first book in the Murderbot Diaries series,” he told me.

I was immediately prepared to dismiss it–murderbots? No thank you.

But then my nephew chimed in, “Oh yeah. Really good series.” My nephew and I almost always agree on our choice in reading material, so I took a moment to reconsider. It was only a novella, after all.

“You’ll probably finish it in one setting,” BIL said.

Fine. I agreed to give it a try.

The next morning, I downloaded the rest of the series to my Kindle and promptly recommended it to several of my friends.

So… you do have to enjoy sci-fi at least a little bit to appreciate The Murderbot Diaries, but they are not all blood and destruction as one might assume. That’s not to say that there isn’t any blood and destruction… there definitely is some. What got me hooked, however, was the surprisingly empathetic and awkwardly charming main character–the murderbot. His social anxiety, compassionate nature, and self-deprecation hooked me immediately. The plot zips along with lots of tasty twists and turns, but mostly, I just wanted to get to know the murderbot better and follow his journey towards greater self-awareness and autonomy. I’m three books in–there are six altogether, I believe–and I’m looking forward to reading the rest.



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