Book Review: All Systems Red, The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells

A fast paced intriguing novella by Martha Wells takes us into the from the Murderbot Diarieshead of a android, who finds his way free of the Company’s command. When the Company assigned the droid to a human survey team as insurance, Murderbot, as he calls himself, turns off his command module. Acting as a free agent he plans to fulfill his mission, regardless of the danger.

Wells addresses issues of ‘cyber sentience’, ‘droid rights’, and ‘droid consciousness’ in her Murderbot Diaries series. Although an admitted killer, the robot has a sense of rightness, preferences and its commitments are clear.  His personality roughly exhibits aspects of what some may attribute to Asperger’s.

Murderbot

Martha Wells brings her robot to life for readers. It becomes yet another one of her unique characters to root for.

Book Review: All Systems Red, The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha WellsAll Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1
Published by Tor.com on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Novella, Science Fiction
Pages: 144
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A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that blends HBO's Westworld with Iain M. Banks' Culture books.

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.

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells

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by Martha Wells

Martha Wells wrote an updated adventure akin to ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ by J. Vernes, with a girl as heroine. A fun read. Lots of action and dialogue kept the story moving. Interesting aliens, both personal and some quite bizzare, spiced the story up. Lessons on friendship and family were woven into Emilie’s adventure. A particularly great read for middle schoolers.

Emily accidentally stows away on a ship. The ship is bound on a journey into the aether winds to the center or ‘hollows’ of the world. Emily befriends Lady Marlende who is on a mission to rescue her father. And so their adventures begins. Emilie’s outgoing personality and quick wit drive her forward as they confront a rival science expedition who wants to be the first to discover the hollow world.

Martha Wells Raksura Series

Marth Wells best known series, Raksura, rocks, but Emilie & the Hollow World targets a younger audience with equal success.

My Rating five-stars

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha WellsEmilie and the Hollow World (Emilie, #1) by Martha Wells
Series: Emilie #1
Published by Strange Chemistry on April 2nd 2013
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 287
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While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.
Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father.
With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.