[Read as an audiobook from the public library]
There came a point in this book, near the end, where I nearly threw something. This only happens when I’m 100% invested in the story/character. It’s happened a handful of times with books – it’s easier with movies or shows where I have visuals to focus on. But Murderbot nearly made me throw something. So now we know I’m a lost cause.
Murderbot reunites with its previous clients in this one, in order to rescue its favorite human and nominal owner Dr. Mensah. It was great to see everyone again. Murderbot has a lot of inconvenient emotions. I really understand those. There’s rather more talking and planning in this one than in the previous stories, but there’s a couple of huge action scenes in the end that are just awesome. Murderbot remains a BAMF and I love it despite what I know would be its absolute horror at the concept.
I think this is where Murderbot starts to figure out what it wants instead of just what it doesn’t want. It likes having options and being listened to. It maybe likes being somewhere on the fringes of human. It’s starting to trust itself and others, which is really lovely to see.
I’m already a little way into Network Effect, and Murderbot has uttered the words, “I’ve got everything under fucking control, okay?” This is going to be fun.