All Systems Red

Review of: All Systems Red

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On February 19, 2018
Last modified:February 19, 2018


Beautiful cover by Jamie Jones

I don’t read novellas in one sitting, especially not 150 pages novellas – well apparently unless they are All Systems Red. The book was fast paced and funny. I have already pre-ordered the next one and am very much looking forward to May.

Opening sentence :

I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.

Title: All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
First book in The Murderbot Diaries 
Genre: Science fiction

As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.

I really enjoyed the voice of MurderBot – they are so snarky and has the most dry sense of humor.

Yes, talk to Murderbot about its feelings. The idea was so painful I dropped to 97 percent efficiency. I’d rather climb back into Hostile One’s mouth.

I got my helmet on and opaqued it. The relief was intense, about even with finding out that the combat override module had been removed. I love you, armor, and I’m never leaving you again.

They is also suffering form social anxiety when dealing with humans, they are literally using their armor as a social armour, so they don’t have to have people looking at them. So MurderBot hides t in media consumption. They feel like a giant geek – it’s wonderful. The human clients are also pretty great.

My education modules were such cheap crap; most of the useful things I knew about security I learned from the edutainment programming on the entertainment feeds. (…) we’re cheaply produced and we suck.

The book is very much about free will, when the people around you don’t see you as human and have convicted you to dehumanize yourself. The plot is moving along at a high clip but I was very much there for MurderBot’s commentary on the situations, more than the situations. Can we please hang out in a café and you can hide in your helmet and comment on people?

I hate having emotions about reality; I’d much rather have them about Sanctuary Moon.

I would love to hear from someone with social anxiety how they feel about MurderBot – it seems a bit problematic that we get a cyborg with the issue, and no humans with any kind of mental or physical disability, however the potrail does feel real and authentic – but what do I know – I don’t have that kind anxiety.

The book is so crazy quotable – I found my self wanting to post huge chunks of it on social media – highlighting lots of it on my kindle.

The book was fast paced and funny. I have already pre-ordered the next one and am very much looking forward to May.

The Stats

Published: 2017 by
Read: February 15, 2018
Format: ebook
Pages: 156
The author: female, United States
The protagonist: Cyborg, security garde, genderless

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