All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1)
Author ~ Martha Wells
As I was reading All Systems Red by Martha Wells, I can honestly say that I didn't realize what this book was actually called and I kept referring to it as "the murderbot book". This was a quick read, written up as a novella, that I very much enjoyed.
In a future, taken over by corporations, a group of scientists are exploring a new world. The corporations provide security in the form of a company security droid.
While on a mission, one particular security droid has become self-aware and has hacked it's own governor module. Referring to itself as "Murderbot" all this unit wants to do is be left alone to watch the soap opera; Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon.
I really loved the Murderbot. While there was no specific gender to the Murderbot, I definitely thought of it as female when I was reading the story. Full of cynicism and quick wit, Murderbot was a story that I was sad to see end so quickly. All the Murderbot wanted to do was to be left alone, not interacting with humans and watch soaps. I think everyone can relate to Murderbot and just sometimes wanting to be left alone, and not worry about working.
Honestly my only real complaint about All Systems Red is that the story was written as a novella. Usually not my favourite things because I find that the story ends so quickly, or just as you are getting into the characters and situations the story is over. Well's did a fantastic job writing All Systems Red though. It is a complete story, and I wasn't left feeling that I was missing something. I just wanted to read more about Murderbot and it's story. Thankfully there is a sequel (Artificial Condition) coming out May 2018, which you can pre-order on Amazon.