Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory

eBook, 32 pages

English language

Published April 18, 2021 by Tom Doherty Associates.

4 stars (71 reviews)

“Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory” is a short story set in the world of Martha Well's Murderbot Diaries. This story was originally given free to readers who pre-ordered Network Effect, the fifth entry in the series. The events of “Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory” occur just after the fourth novella, Exit Strategy.

5 editions

Good

4 stars

A short, interesting look into the mind of Dr. Mensah who's understandably struggling with all the things that happened to her in the 4 previous novellas. We also get a tiny look into the inner workings of Preservation station and the alliance. Should best be read right after "Exit Strategy" as it's more of an epilogue. Could have been longer and explored some of the themes a bit more but I assume that'll happen in "Network Effect".

A Murderbot story told from a different point of view.

3 stars

Chronologically set between the Murderbot books "Exit Strategy" and "Network Effect", this short short story is told from the viewpoint of one of Murderbot's clients. After having being held hostage, Mensah is suffering from mental and emotional issues from that episode, yet is unwilling to admit to anybody; except perhaps Murderbot, who can see what is happening and encourages her to seek help. This is also a prelude to one of the story threads told in "Network Effect".

Review of 'Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

4.5 Hard to rate a short-story in a larger story, especially if it's really more of a side-story to the fifth book. It is well-done, however, and Dr. Mensah's perspective carries with it a wholly different level of emotional involvement. What I liked especially was that we see Muderbot's humour is not all confined to pithy remarks. Also I am a sucker for stories with psychological consequences and those come across much better with Mensah's perspective.

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