I will never be able to get over how much I love the Murderbot novellas. Seriously. I had precious space in my move to Germany and I brought all of them with me. That’s how much I love it.
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?
I adore the world of Murderbot. I always feel like I’m on the spaceship with Murderbot. Which is impressive because that’s probably A) the last place I’d be and also B) the last place I’d ever be alive. Not that Murderbot isn’t good at protecting people. I’m just very emotional and incredibly clumsy….Anyway. Murderbot gets better and better with each novella. There are more and more problems it has to grapple with.
And I love watching Murderbot try to solve these ethical problems and these problems of human dynamics. Because, let’s face it, we’re pretty difficult. But more than that, Murderbot is just my kind of character. It is snarky, incredibly intelligent, all while being kind of vulnerable.
We’re in Murderbot’s head. And while we may feel smarter and more invincible than ever before, we’re also grappling with a lot. We are wondering who we can trust and how to figure out our own independence.
My best advice, if you have a friend who is comfortable thinking they are just a bit more clever than everyone else, or a friend who loves robots and AIs, or even just someone who has incredibly dry humor, gift them these novellas. They won’t look backwards and you won’t regret it.