All Systems Red

, #1

eBook, 156 pages

English language

Published Dec. 13, 2017 by Tor.com.

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4 stars (399 reviews)

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

2 editions

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

An Unlikely Hero Meet Murderbot: A Captivating Start to The Murderbot Diaries A Review of 'All Systems Red

5 stars

"All Systems Red" by Martha Wells is the captivating first installment in The Murderbot Diaries series. At 156 pages, this novella packs a punch, immersing readers in a corporate-dominated, spacefaring future where planetary missions are overseen by the Company, which supplies security androids to ensure the safety of exploratory teams. However, in a society where cost-cutting trumps all, true safety often takes a back seat.

Enter Murderbot, the misanthropic security android assigned to protect a small expedition on a distant planet. With a penchant for binge-watching entertainment videos and a tendency to do only the bare minimum required, Murderbot is unlike any protagonist you've encountered. Despite its reluctance to engage with humans, Murderbot's journey is both humorous and profoundly touching.

I experienced "All Systems Red" through both the audiobook and the ebook, which made the story even more immersive. This dual approach enhanced my connection to the narrative and the …

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Fun short novel with a strong voice

4 stars

It's a short novel so I can't expect much in character development outside of the main one, but that is my one critique: I'd like to know more about the other members of the crew and their situations.

But overall it was a fun listen; engaging, interesting, suspenseful.

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Review of 'All Systems Red' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Not bad, slightly entertaining, fun premise. But not very good either. Maybe it was the narration: it felt... off. I had to fiddle with the speed-settings during most of the book (1.15x speed). I think better narration could have made it a more immersive read. But maybe the mechanical voice was intentional, it is about a bot :-)
Still, I liked it enough as a short palate-cleanser that I jumped into the sequel.

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Bot wants to be left alone...

5 stars

... But is forced to prove for and earn for it's own existence, despite it's anthropophobia.

I think the author dedicated the murderbot's whole personality to autism, or at least autistic traits in generall, and then gleefully showed it into a hostile adventure. This results in an awkward, yet oddly funny story about someone who just wants to earn their upkeep and then go do their own thing in their free time, being highly relatable to any other human worker.

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Review of 'All Systems Red' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A fun, quick sci-fi read.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The idea is simple enough. "Murderbots" are engineered constructs comprised of biological and mechanical components. They're created to kill things and follow orders but are capable of more under certain circumstances, such as those created via a hacked or malfunctioning "governing module." This is the story of one such entity, caught up in an unusual scenario when a "simple planetary survey mission" goes sideways. It's a solid read and works, both as a standalone and as the setup for the "Murderbot Diaries" series it kicks off. Highly recommended for those seeking a fast-paced, charming, and generally-lighthearted (despite a few somewhat-grim moments) introduction to modern science fiction but veterans of the genre will likely find a lot to enjoy as well.

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Review of 'All Systems Red' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Excellent book. I'll be checking out more Murderbot diaries. Interesting tale of a construct designed for security duty that just wants the humans to leave it alone so it can watch its favorite soaps. Hilarious.

The saddest part was losing my ereader with about 8 minutes left to go. Lesson of the day–don't try to read to the last minute on a bus ride you're not familiar with!

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Review of 'All Systems Red' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A fun book. The sarcastic remarks of the main character/artificial construct was the best part. I couldn’t imagine the side characters very well, and most of the book was a repetitive talk of “scanner this, scanners that.” It has some fun action here and there and has peaked my interest to maybe read the sequels someday soon.

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Review of 'All Systems Red' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This short story is a fine prologue. The world-building was excellent and I enjoyed the cynical, realistic look at how corporations would behave in space. Cost cutting, reuse of old parts, general laziness... it's a very realistic view at the output of humans no matter what century it is. Unfortunately, the story is not particularly engaging.

For one thing, it'll take a while for the book to pick up pace and actually find the plot. And on the other... well, at its heart, it's the internal narration of Murderbot, a robot that is either sentient or on the verge of being sentient. We get small glimpses of how society treats these constructs as well as the varying different factions that make up humanity. But these are all far and few between, as the story focuses on a very, by-the-book mystery/thriller. You don't get emotionally invested, nor will you be surprised …

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Review of 'All Systems Red' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

What an enjoyable cozy scifi adventure! The story centers around a security bot with a self-hacked governor module, who refers to itself privately as "Murderbot" and likes to watch serials and movies surreptitiously in it's free time. The socially awkward bot repeatedly assures us that it definitely does not care about humans. When the team of scientists which have hired Murderbot are confronted by life threatening situations, it goes out of it's way to save their lives if only just so it is not labelled as an incompetent. Over the course of the story we observe how it's relationship with the humans in the group develops and changes. Murderbot's at times hilarious internal monologues concerning "her humans" were my favourite parts of the book.

reviewed All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Review of 'All Systems Red' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

All Sytems Red é a primeira novela da (longa) série de livros chamada The Murderbot Diaries, escrita pela autora Martha Wells.

Nesse primeiro livro nós conhecemos Murderbot, uma SecUnity ('Unidade de Segurança', que é um tipo de guarda-costas para humanos) que está em uma missão com a equipe científica da PreservationAux para explorar um planeta desabitado. Não demora muito para eles descobrirem que não estão sozinhos nesse planeta.

Logo de início nós aprendemos que Murderbot não é uma SecUnity normal: Murderbot hackeou o seu Governor Module, evitando que o HubSystem soubesse que Murderbot não se comporta como um robô normal e que não obedece todas as orientações indicadas.

Murderbot é sarcástico e pessimista, mas ao mesmo tempo é engraçado, adora assistir séries e, no fundo, se importa com os humanos da PreservationAux, por tratá-lo bem e confiarem nele mesmo depois de descobrirem que ele hackeou seu governor module.

Por ser …

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