This story is a prequel to The Murderbot Diaries, her Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning novella series.
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.
It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.
Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…
Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?
Sci-fi's favorite antisocial A.I. is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is.
And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.
Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.
The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.
Murderbot wasn't programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?
Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.
But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?
And what will become of it when it’s caught?
I loved reading this series! I'm so glad that we're going to get a full length book, because I need to spend more time in Murderbot's head! I loved learning about this world, and delving deeper into both the past and the crimes of GrayCris! Plus, this book was pretty hilarious, like Murderbot despairing of humans always putting themselves in danger, or ART. ART was hilarious!
The idea of 'droids are pretty interesting, a mix of human and machine that are property. It's a contested idea, like by Dr. Mensah and the group that she's with. Murderbot doesn't care so much, just wants to be left alone to watch tv. But it cares for Dr. Mensah, and has a few adventures along the way.
Murderbot broke free from the commands that it had to follow. And instead of going about on a murderous rampage, decided to watch tv shows. Murderbot was kinda shy, because of the differences between 'droids and humans-even enhanced humans, are pretty big, and it was kinda adorable to read!
The main thread of these books was the GrayCris Company and what they were doing. There was a detour in Artificial Condition with Murderbot investigating the past, the incident that spawned the name Murderbot. But even then, there was little bits and pieces that helped make a better picture of what was going on with GrayCris, which was so fantastic!
Loved these books so much, they were so enjoyable, and I can't wait for more!
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4
Read: February 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2019
Reason Why: I saw them recommended by the BDH and they sounded really good! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Tor.com. Tor.com/Tom Doherty Associates
Published: December 17th 2018, May 2nd 2017, May 8th 2018, August 7th 2018, October 2nd 2018
The Future of Work: Compulsory:
All Systems Red: