Artificial Condition delivers an action packed and thoughtful sequel to All Systems Red. This sequel only builds upon the themes of the first novel and delves into them deeper – refracting the light and layering them in a truly brilliant show of colors.
It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”.
But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.
Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…
So besides the plot, which was sure to astound me, what keeps me so enthralled in this series is Wells’ clever writing and complex themes. In this novella we are introduced to more robots than before – presenting this web of experiences. Because of this we are able to see the variety in intellect, boundaries, and even personalities. All of the boundaries get even more hazy, more imprecise, and also more realistic. I really loved witnessing their exchanges. Murderbot has to grapple with this shifting performance to blend in and uncover the truth about its past.
This series only gets richer as Wells takes us further than before. I am highly anticipating the next sequel. Check out Artificial Condition on Goodreads.