Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, Book 2)

Monday, September 2, 2019

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, Book 2)
Martha Wells, 2018

Premise: The continuing adventures of a security unit with free will. When your actions and your memory can be controlled by outside forces, how do you understand your own past?
Sequel to All Systems Red.

While not quite as instantly charming as the first novella, this opens up the world and expands the plot. Murderbot is still a delightful narrator, and in this one, it gets to interact with other AIs and other constructs, as well as humans.

The two main plots (Murderbot investigating an event from its past and a cover mission pretending to be a human security specialist) trip along briskly, neither dragging nor moving too fast. The novella is just the right length for the plot, although I look forward to reading the four novellas in one go at some point.

4 stars - A Very Good Book

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