All Systems Red

All Systems Red

Book - 2017
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Publisher: Gordonsville, VA : St Martins Pr 2017
ISBN: 9780765397539
0765397536
Branch Call Number: ScFic Wells
Characteristics: 144 p. ; cm

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A slim sci-fi novella narrated by Murderbot, one of my favorite characters of 2017. It's addicted to trashy TV, dour about human nature, and somewhat less murderous than its nickname indicates. (Plus, the sequel's coming out soon!)


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LucasHill
Apr 12, 2018

Sometimes, the best thing about a book is that it is short. Altogether, this novella took me about three hours. I disliked most of that experience.

SecBot (which has privately named itself MurderBot), is a cyborg that is contracted to provide security to a team of humans (including one "augmented" human) surveying a planet for an evil corporation whose only characteristic seems to be criminally tight purse strings. The team is being chased by another shadowy group. MurderBot has a past it's ashamed of. It spends its alone time feeding its media addiction. It speaks and thinks wryly and sarcastically, and in a strangely anachronistic manner. It does its best to hide from the others on the team, which the author reminds us on nearly every page.

MurderBot is irritating. The human members of the expedition are indistinguishable from each other, save for the leader, who most willingly sees the humanity in MurderBot.

This story may be an allegory for slavery. It definitely is cobbled together with scraps from other sci-fi stories. By the end, I just didn't care for any of it..

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Starpoem
Apr 10, 2018

It is for good reason that this book has a long waiting list at the library. It is an action-packed tale with a narrator who is full of personality. The narrator is a security bot that has overcome its programming. It's going to break free...just as soon as it catches up on the hundreds of hours of shows that it has downloaded from the entertainment feeds. :) Fate interferes, though--first the bot must fend off an attack from alien megafauna, then it discovers an act of sabotage, and pretty soon events are spiraling out of control. Once you start this book, you won't want to put it down...and you might not have to, since it is only 149 pages long!

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rixonkj
Apr 07, 2018

If you like crying about robots (my preferred genre tbh), you must read this book immediately.

JohnK_KCMO Dec 29, 2017

Murderbot is one of the most delightful characters in current science fiction: a killing machine who tries to be a good person, who suffers from crippling social anxiety, a sarcastic misanthrope who really just wants to be left alone to watch TV. Wells uses this unique character to explore what it means to be human, an individual, the interplay of free will and compulsion. All in a 150 page action story. This is a fast, exciting, entertaining, and unexpectedly meaningful read.

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jac523
Dec 02, 2017

Who doesn't love a socially awkward robot? Fantastic novella!

AL_BRIDGET Nov 15, 2017

Clever and funny, this might be a good choice for Mass Effect fans. The Murderbot is a delightful AI!

AL_MARINA Sep 18, 2017

Quick, enjoyable, and surprisingly subversive. The likable characters and thriller of a plot immediately drew me in.

fineplan Sep 14, 2017

It's easy to love Murderbot, who broke it's control chip so that it can... watch trashy tv shows and avoid the people it is assigned to. They, unfortunately, keep wanting to talk to it. Humanize it. Maybe become friends. Murderbot would rather take its social awkwardness off to a secluded corner. (and watch more bad tv) The humans keep almost dying, so Murderbot is forced to deal with them instead. (and not watch tv)

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
May 11, 2017

This was a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem. It popped up on my radar when a coworker handed it to me and said "this looks like something you'd read". I took it because I'm always on the look out for small books to read on the bus & completed it under a week's time.
We're plopped into a world we know nothing about, as our narrator is an unreliable "bot" who refers to itself as MurderBot. We only know what it knows and we learn right up front that this bot doesn't like people and doesn't care about them. All that changes once "it's humans" are on a different planet and being hunted by unknowns. Very fast-paced and full of action I recommend this book. It's the first in a series; which always makes me happy!

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