This actually ended up being my 100th reading challenge book, as it were. And I’m counting this as Pride!Reading as well–Murderbot is aro ace and non-binary, innit?
FINALLY got my hands on this book, I have never bought something so quickly based on an email. I will read anything from the Murderbot universe, and basically live in misery that these stories aren’t longer T-T
Here, for the first time, we’re seeing things from the perspective of Dr. Mensah, fresh off of her kidnap rescue in Exit Strategy. She’s wary of what’s going on, clearly in the midst of severe PTSD that she has yet to treat via the freely available mental health services available on Preservation. But she knows that if she hadn’t been kidnapped, then SecUnit would still be a rogue SecUnit and not its sort of freely contracted status on Preservation.
The relationship between Dr. Mensah and Murderbot is on full display here, and you really get a sense of how deeply Murderbot cares for Dr. Mensah (probably equivalent in magnitude to how much it doesn’t care about…everyone and everything else). I’m sure we all collectively GASPED when it offered itself for Dr. Mensah to hug (very different from offering to hug Dr. Mensah, mind you). And when it gently prodded Dr. Mensah to, maybe, go get some mental health services?
I simultaneously want lots of thrilling Murderbot adventures but want no one I care about to be hurt. It’s a tricky situation, because if I never feel like anyone is at risk then I won’t be investedhahaha who am I kidding I’m not sure what my tolerance for Murderbot stories is but it’s definitely very high. I’d read the contents of the weapons requisitions that it submitted for days.
When’s the next one? 2023 MINIMUM? T-T