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Review: Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Every Murderbot book, I think, this is my favorite. But Rogue Protocol is most definitely my favorite….until the next one I’m sure.


SciFi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is again on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.


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

I adore being back with the amazing character of Murderbot. They are sarcastic, witty, and utterly charming – maybe this means there’s something wrong with me. At the same time, Murderbot novellas always manage to be highly entertaining and wonderfully thought provoking. For those reading this series who can binge read them all – and not wait – I truly envy you. This is a novella series I know I want to go back and re-read. And lend. To everyone.

Wells is able to write a rich and detailed world on every planet. And spaceship. I just would love to be next to Murderbot. If it could manage to meet my eyes, and not let me get killed. I’d die so fast.

The robot interactions and complexity develops further with every book. It seems we meet new robots that just hit you in the feels or intellectual brain feels each time. My body feels bruised after reading. In this book, we meet a robot who is treated like an innocent, almost like a human, and even though Murderbot kind of regards it like a pet, it also is somewhat envious of this innocence state.

It cares supremely and genuinely. And this reminds Murderbot of other humans it cared for. If you think this interaction sounds soft and squishy and all feeling like, then your heart is going to get torn apart. Be ready. I adore that there’s so much growth and complexity in these novellas. It can more than keep you going until the next.

Unless you’re like me.

Find Rogue Protocol on Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository, and Indiebound.


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