Exit Strategy – Martha Wells

Releases: 10.2.18.

Synopsis: Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah–its former owner (protector? friend?)–submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

And what will become of it when it’s caught?

“The bad thing about having emotions is, you know, OH SHIT WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ME.”

It’s always a struggle to review a book this far into a series without spoiling anything, so I’ll keep this relatively neutral in discussing the series as a whole. I’ll try, anyway!

Rogue Protocol certainly set the stage for this final installment in the novella series. It was announced that there will be at least one follow-up novel released, so that is exciting news for our dear MurderBot. Er.. well.. maybe not exciting for MurderBot. They have been through some serious shit, after all! However, it leaves room for more glorious adventures & I AM HERE FOR IT!

This started a bit slow for me with All Systems Red, but the rest of the volumes more than made up for it! In-depth worldbuilding, new & intriguing characters that we are introduced to throughout the course of the series, intense action scenes, gut-punchy moments & MurderBot’s dryly humorous voice are truly the strength within this series. Martha Wells has created a memorable story with the right mix of angst & humor that is both thought-provoking & enjoyable!

The MurderBot Diaries is a diverse, introspective & atmospheric space opera with a socially awkward AI protagonist. MurderBot may not be quite human, but they still face morality issues & what it means to be human. The growth in MurderBot is unlike any I have ever read before & it has been an absolute delight to watch their journey & to see them evolve into a fully-realized character who is reluctantly discovering their humanity. I look forward to more when the full-length novel comes out!

-Holly

(Thank you Tor.com Publishing for providing a copy before the release date, in exchange for an honest review!)

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