I don’t think I can add much to this one beyond what has already been said. The narrator is a SecUnit belonging to a large powerful corporation that owns the rights to various planets and rents out survey rights and equipment at exorbitant prices while only investing in the cheapest technology themselves. The narrator has hacked its governor module, and can function independently though all it wants is to be left alone and watch its stories.
When things start going wrong on the mission, Murderbot, as the SecUnit has christened itself, isn’t exactly surprised. Cheap equipment is going to fail and have glitches after all. However, weird things keep happening, which means Murderbot has to actually interact with the crew its protecting. While Murderbot likes the people on this contract much more than the usual teams it interacts with (except that they want to keep interacting with it), it is still incredibly socially awkward and would prefer not to be bothered.
After thinking I was over sci-fi, this was a nice reminder that I have actually just been a on streak of “not right for me” books in the genre. I am definitely curious to see where Wells takes the series. Honestly, I know I am not doing a great job of showing enthusiasm for this one because it was very entertaining and intelligent but when read so close to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, it is a much more subtle approach and thus more subtle reaction. So go read those other reviews I linked to, and pick this up based on emmalita and narfna’s much more thought out posts!