“When I got back to HaveRatton Station, a bunch of humans tried to kill me.”
The Murderbot Diaries are by this point quite clearly one continuing story, so I’d have to suggest there’s not much point reading this – novella, or review – unless you’re up to date with the previous three installments. Go, I’ll be right here when you get back.
Enjoy that? Of course you did! What’s not to love about a sarcastic, chronically anxious killing machine, trying to discovery its way in the world as it tastes freedom for the first time? I love Murderbot! 🙂
Still not entirely sure why it felt the need to continue helping Dr Mensah, by digging up incriminating evidence against the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot’s actions in Rogue Protocol have had a few unintended consequences – which Mb now feels it has to address, of course. GrayCris are not happy about being challenged, or indeed threatened, and have kidnapped Dr Mensah. Still with complex feelings – urgh, emotions! – about Dr Mensah, Mb feels responsible.
The original run of The Murderbot Diaries ended here – we’ve since had a novel, and a new novella is due out in a few weeks, hurrah! – and this installment does an excellent job of tying up the story. We circle back to the original characters from All Systems Red, not that they’ve been far from the narrative throughout but it’s worth seeing how the view of Murderbot – and indeed, the construct’s personality and actions – have changed over the course of a surprisingly small number of overall pages.
There’s still plenty of action here, but the real ‘meat’ is Murderbot’s more introspective journey. It’s had to learn how to act human, but also how to relate to humans who aren’t as awful as most. It’s earned its freedom, in more ways than one, but now it has to use it and make decisions. Life is hard!
The reading, however, is a sheer joy. I say again: I love Murderbot 🙂
Kindle: 176 pages / 8 chapters
First published: 2018
Series: The Murderbot Diaries book 4 (of 6, with the newest due April 2021)
Read from 17th-10th March 2021
My rating: 9/10