This summer has been hot and dry, perfect for sitting still and getting through a stack of books sitting idly on my To Be Read shelf. Yes, my stack is overwhelming, toppling, and slightly dangerous, but I’m willing to risk pulling more than a few books from it this summer.
A few weeks ago I was in the mood for a great science fiction read, so I picked up the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. The original four novella set was exactly what I needed. My boxed set came with the first four stories in series: All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy. In all of these books, Murderbot was funny, kind (in a muderbot-y way), and just all-around great poolside company.
Murderbot is about a rogue security ‘robot’, who is half organic (human) and half robot. The human side is strong in this one, and all kind of interesting and hilarious commentary ensues when this soap opera-loving bot decides to work only for himself. Because these novels are so short, they are quick reads. Perfect for summer days and iced tea. There is a lot of action, a lot of intrigue, and a lot of unique insight into the bot mindset. If there is one thing Muderbot does really well, it’s making you think about just what it means to be human.
Now that I’ve finished my four-book boxed set, I’ve ordered the next two books in the series, which, hopefully, are on their way in the mail right now! I cannot wait to get back to Muderbot, and am more than excited to linger in his world a little longer.