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Review: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

I am a forever fan of the Murderbot novellas and stories. It’s just a fact you should know about me. I will forever love Murderbot’s wry, humorous narrative voice. It gets me every time. Fugitive Telemetry is no different. Keep reading this book review to witness my continuing love.


No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!



(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Fugitive Telemetry delivers everything I expect and more! Murderbot in all its glory. All the wry comments, the jokes that don’t land, and the ways humans are just SO MUCH sometimes. Murderbot is one of my favorite SF characters because of the ways it is able to show humanity’s hypocrisies, idiosyncrasies, and characteristics. The ways we see the ways that humans react to Murderbot, to sentient thoughts where we don’t expect them, and in just generally a “mind-blown” quality.

The ways that Murderbot straddles this divide between bots and humans. Those moments we feel out of depths, in a room we don’t understand and making jokes no one laughs at. There is a casual conversational tone to Murderbot’s narration which fascinates me. It feels like it’s talking directly to you. Action packed from start to finish, Fugitive Telemetry merely continues my love for this series. All in all, it almost feels like watching a good episode of your favorite tv series.

Find Fugitive Telemetry on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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