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Review: Network Effect by Martha Wells

Is there really a world in which I don’t love a Murderbot story? Nope and Network Effect merely proves it to me. I would read Murderbot forever. There’s something about the narrative voice that I love so much. Keep reading my book review to see my more coherent thoughts!


I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

When Murderbot’s human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.

Drastic action it is, then.


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

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know how much I love the Murderbot stories. I picked up this series just after it started and I’ve been in love ever since, from All Systems Red to Exit Strategy. Network Effect is no different. It’s wry, clever, hilarious, and thought provoking all at the same time. Network Effect gives Murderbot space to bloom in a world of corporations with betrayal on all sides. This latest installment is action packed combining the narrative voice we know and love with a plot that is able to expand on what we think of when we think of Murderbot.

You can technically read Network Effect without the previous books, but why would you want to rob yourself of that joy? In Network Effect we are able to delve into Murderbot’s memories and see new interactions. For fans of ART, get yourselves ready for this book! Network Effect is about choice and defying people’s expectations of us. What really distinguishes Murderbot from other SF stories is the unique narrative voice so if you end up reading a snippet and find it endearing and hilarious, you might as well get them all. There isn’t much else to say. It delivers on all my favorite aspects: great characters, hilarious scenes, action, and clever writing.

Find Network Effect on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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  1. I wasn’t approved for this review copy so I still have to go grab it! Can’t wait to read. But today I learned there’s one more novella going out!! I was afraid this would end the series, so I’m so glad to hear it won’t.

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