Book Review: All Systems Red

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Published by on January 22nd 2019
Genres: Scifi, Novella
Pages: 149
Format: Hardback

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day.”

Is there a character I connect with more than Murderbot? You know, I don’t think there is.

Murderbot is grumpy, has anxiety, and would rather watch tv than interact with people. Just replace reading with watching tv and I think we’re pretty much identical. Well, other than the fact that I’m not a murderbot.

All Systems Red, and the rest of the series, follows Murderbot on their many adventures in space. And if you like sci-fi, sarcastic main characters, and character driven stories then you should definitely pick up the Murderbot Diaries.

It’s at times like this when I wish I was better at describing my feelings. Because I wish I could articulate why this series is so close to my heart. All I can say is that I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that Murderbot has anxiety, is nonbinary, and can be read as asexual. Murderbot makes me feel seen.

Anywayyyyyyy (emotions are now over with) this novella is action-packed and hilarious and y’all should definitely give it a try!

“I liked the imaginary people on the entertainment feed way more than I liked real ones, but you can’t have one without the other.”

About the book

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

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.

Content Warnings:

Graphic depictions of blood, death, gore, gun violence, medical content, violence, slavery, and self-harm. Moderate depictions of panic attacks and anxiety.

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