Ahoy there me mateys! This be the first read in me April BookBum Club Challenge!
This sci-fi novella caught me eye because one of me favourite authors, Ann Leckie, talked about it in one of her blog posts. She states, “This is volume 1 of the Murderbot Diaries, and I suspect a certain percentage of my readers don’t need to hear anything more. Go, purchase, download! You will enjoy this.” Ummm yes I did enjoy this. In fact, I loved it! It is nominated for the 2018 Best Novella Hugo Award (with some amazing others) as well as these other awards:
Need anymore convincing? Ye may see that I have not discussed plot, character, or anything else about this novel. I went into it blind and recommend this. For those that must know more, the blurb be below. It does not do this justice. This be basically a perfect read. I have read four out of the six novellas nominated for the Hugo and so far this might be me favourite.
I had heard of Martha Wells before but never read any of her work. Shame on me. I be glad to have remedied this. The next 3 novellas in the series are all scheduled to come out this year. Arrrrr!! I will be reading them all. I only wish that I would have read this sooner.
Much thanks to the BookBum Club for giving me the incentive to read this delightful “short and sweet” novella (144 pgs.). Day one – challenge complete! Next up: call it courage. Check out that review tomorrow!
Side note: Tor has published 5 of the 6 novellas up for Best Novella this year! Good job Tor. Keep up the good work!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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.
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