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The follow-up to the hugely popular science fiction action-adventure All Systems Red

Artificial Condition continues The Murderbot Diaries, a science fiction series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

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.

©2018 Martha Wells (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Such a great follow up to the first Murderbot

Throughout, I just kept thinking, “I love Murderbot. And [Redacted]. And [Redacted].” I only wish there had been more and I can’t wait for the next part in the series!!!

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  • FA in Austin
  • 2018-06-23

Fun and fast!

Really enjoyed this sequel -- if the first one was more of an action-adventure plot, this one takes an almost noir-ish turn, as Murderbot has to deal with some of the issues in its history. There's more of a focus on self-knowledge, even when it isn't entirely welcome. The back and forth between ART and Murderbot is wonderful (and laugh out loud funny at points).

Very much looking forward to the next one in the series!

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  • J. Eisenach
  • 2018-05-16

This series should be one book

Not worth spending multiple credits on this decent books series. The stories are basically short stories and should be combined into 1 book. Upset I wasted credits on these books as they are mediocre compared to many other in the same genre.

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  • Just reading
  • 2018-06-09

Murderbot is awesome!

Another adventure with our quirky and privacyminded hero. Sarcasm and snark galore, along with touching moments of humanity. Highly recommend ed.

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  • Amy Keller
  • 2018-05-29

Fun, but too expensive...

Books in series have average of 3 hours... Probably will wait for an omnibus to finish series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-05-23

Good but short

This was well written but too short. The characters were not really developed and may not be worth the cost.

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  • Squidiculous
  • 2018-09-06

Way too short. But I'm hooked.

I'm endlessly salty about the length of the books in this series.

That being my only complaint should be interpreted as a raving recommendation but I honestly can't imagine loving another character enough to put up with this.

Overall 3 stars, 1 for every hour I got to spend in the head of the most loveable murderbot imaginable.

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  • Brian Barry
  • 2018-09-05

Awesome but painfully short.

I love the series but, to echo past reviews, it really should be one or two books.

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  • R. Maines
  • 2018-08-23

4 stars for story..

One star for value for me money.

Another great Murderbot story, but considering it price it’s way too short. Tor in it’s infinite wisdom appears to have decided to price gouge fans of All Systems Red with the sequels.

I would recommend patience and wait for the inevitable anthology release down the line.

Narration was good.

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  • Silas
  • 2018-06-20

Great

Concise, great writing. I don’t know why one is required to put fifteen words when three will do.

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  • BobDog
  • 2018-05-22

As before, MORE ADVENTURES PLEASE!

Once again the author wrote in an admirable style. She put in everything that needed to be there and took out everything that did not need to be there. No extra fluff for side characters that mean nothing, nothing added to simply increase bulk. Great story, had to read (listen to) the whole thing at once.

But it was so enjoyable, as the first book was, that I have to ask that next time perhaps the author could give us a longer story just to extend the experience. But don’t let some editor make you put in side stories, irrelevant descriptions or other silly filler. Keep the same voice and writing style, Martha!

Her writing and inventiveness makes me want to immediately reread / re-listen to both Murderbot books. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that with any sci-fi.

Looks like we have a new stellar writer here, giving us a winning and fresh character in unpredictable new situations.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful