On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.
Before I started I was confused by reviews, which often boil down to, “SQUEEE I love Murderbot!” Kind of a scary name for a lovable character, no?
After reading I get it – Murderbot is one of the most relatable narrators I’ve read in a while. Part machine and part organic components and referred to with the pronoun “it”, Murderbot is like many of us. Socially anxious, it would like nothing more than to be left alone with 35,000 hours of video programming, thank you. The people it’s protecting are being targeted by someone who would rather them dead, though, so there’s a job to do.
The story is short at 144 pages but it fits its length perfectly. Wells manages some great characterization despite the page count, and the plot pulls you all the way through. This would have been a one sitting read for me if I didn’t have to make dinner. 😛
All in all I’m glad I jumped on the Murderbot train – great for any fan of science fiction.