All Systems Red by Martha Wells – Review

Published: May 2,  2017


Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 155 (Kindle)

My Rating: 4.5/5.0


“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

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.

I’m really glad I’ve waited as long as I have to pick this series up, though perhaps not for the reason you would think. They’re delightful books and I can now binge read all of them (sort of) consecutively until the full novel length book is released later this month! Minimal waiting involved – yay!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story other than a killer robot that has more feelings than it should. I got exactly that, plus Muderbot loves all sorts of media (especially Sanctuary Moon) and would actually hate for its humans to get killed. Murderbot (as I don’t think they have a ‘real’ name) is a security bot who hacked their own governor chip and when we are introduced to them, Murderbot is assigned to a survey team that someone is trying to kill for some unknown reason. 

Alas, I can’t say much beyond that because that’s literally the novella. Much more and I’ve spoiled the whole thing. This was an awesome introduction to a new character and a new world. I loved the story, I LOVE Murderbot, and I’ve already completed the next novella in the series as I write this. It’s fantastic, but honestly I’m waiting on the other books to go on sale because they are ridiculously expensive for novella length eBooks! I mean, each book after this one is $10.99+ for the eBook and about $15 for the physical copy. And I can read one in an hour or so. Plenty of people have mentioned this before and many more will, I’m sure. That being said, I loved it and as they go on sale I’ll be buying them in whatever format I can get them in!

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