An exciting start to a series of primarily novellas, I’m intrigued to see where it’s headed next.
Wells sets the scene and explains not only the world but our protagonist very quickly. There’s action, violence, and danger from the beginning, and we’re left to piece everything together on the fly. This is done so well that I was fully on board much sooner than usual for a sci-fi novel. There are no hurdles or barriers to entry here; Murderbot is upfront about everything you could want and many things you don’t.
Murderbot perfectly embodies every anxious, cynical, socially awkward person. I love so much about Murderbot, and it was easy to relate to this genderless, self-aware, security android. The melodramatic, cynical, sarcastic inner monologue. The social anxiety and lack of social awareness. The voracious appetite for media. The conflicting desire and fear of being treated as more than a SecUnit. The contempt for human stupidity. It’s all gold. And while it’s a bit much in this first book, I have high hopes it’s leading somewhere interesting.
Wells plants a lot of seeds here. It’s hard to see in what direction the series will lead, which is awfully refreshing, and I may be new to her writing, but I have a lot of faith in her ability to nurture these seeds into something extraordinary in future instalments.