Book Review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells
“I am not a combat murderbot, I am security.”
Another of the plethora of AI stories this Hugo year. This novella is marked by the great inner voice of a robot who has hacked his own command module and spends too much time watching the entertainment feed. Nice cover art.
“Lowest bidder. Trust me on that one.”
Since the entire story is told from the robot–cyborg, actually–point of view, Wells only gives the reader clues what’s really going on. The reader sorts it out alone with our protagonist.
“When I do manage to care, I am a pessimist.”
(2018 Hugo Award novella finalist)