#TheMurderbotDiaries: Ode to Murderbot

Murderbot-novellas

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)
Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
By: Martha Wells
My Rating: FIVE out of FIVE Stars

I love big stories pack into little pages.

A conflicted AI with a past so tragic he calls himself Murderbot…but that’s private. As long as no one discovers he’s hacked his governor module, he can pretend he’s just doing his job as security for some boring scientists collecting samples on a boring planet and watch endless TV shows when no one is looking.

But what will happen when the humans learn his secret?

This story was a lot of fun. Scyfy. Mystery. Sabotage. Reluctant heroes. Alien planet. Robots. Feelings? How does great Scyfy packed into books that can each be read in a day sound?

Ya–you’re going to want to check this one out.

Hmmm… Murderbot has inspired me.

How about a poem?

Ode to Murderbot

Murderbot, Murderbot!
Fierce friend, Fierce foe,
How do I love thee?
You must read on to know.

Murderbot, Murderbot!
You are a machine designed to kill,
But you hacked your own governor module.
Are you deadly still?

Murderbot, Murderbot!
Yes, you remain lethal, now that you’ve gone rogue.
Now? Now you make your own choice. And what do you do?
You want to be alone, hiding from your feelings, viewing TV shows no longer vogue.

Murderbot, Murderbot!
If you only understood–people will relate to you! It is true!
You are a killing machine with social anxiety and a conscience.
What to do, what do to?

Murderbot, Murderbot!
Yes, the choice is hard, but you’re a survivor!
Discover who you are! Learn your place! Believe in yourself!
You are a bad-guy-butt-kicking robot Macgyver!

Murderbot, Murderbot!
You think you’re just Murderbot, you don’t even expect a “hello,”
but the lesson, the one lesson to learn is this:
You’re more human than than most humans I know.

So, obviously, I don’t have a future in poetry…but I really loved The Murderbot Diaries! The four short books are really four parts to one story arc, so don’t expect to read out of order or stop somewhere in the middle.

Watch out for some robot violence and quite a bit of swearing. If it weren’t for that, I’d recommend this series to everyone. Instead I’ll recommend it to adults who don’t mind colorful, four-letter expletives.

Happy reading!

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