Exit Strategy

, #4

172 pages

English language

Published May 25, 2018

ISBN:
978-1-250-19185-4
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OCLC Number:
1052905153
ISFDB ID:
2421678

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4 stars (250 reviews)

"Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Murderbot Diaries, comes to a thrilling conclusion in Exit Strategy. Murderbot wasn't programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right? Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah--its former owner (protector? friend?)--submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?"--provided by publisher.

3 editions

reviewed Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)

A Heartfelt Rescue: Exit Strategy in The Murderbot Diaries

5 stars

"Exit Strategy" by Martha Wells is the thrilling fourth entry in The Murderbot Diaries series. In this instalment, Murderbot, our beloved human-like construct, has finally gathered enough dirt on the nefarious GrayCris corporation to cause some real damage. However, there's a new complication: Dr. Mensah, the very person who freed Murderbot from a lifetime of slavery, has gone missing.

Despite its tough exterior and claims of indifference, Murderbot cares deeply about Dr. Mensah. Her kidnapping by GrayCris sets the stage for a gripping rescue mission. As Murderbot embarks on this quest, it continues to evolve as a character, slowly shedding its deeply ingrained introversion. Yet, it remains reluctant to fully embrace friendship and connection, adding layers to its complex personality.

What stands out in this novella is Murderbot’s snarky, dry sense of humour and its unique perspective on human behaviour. Its candid commentary, peppered with a few choice expletives, reveals …

reviewed Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)

Review of 'Exit Strategy' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wells details Murderbot’s tactical decision-making and describes software programming throughout the story in a way I find very enjoyable, but often wonder how it plays for readers with less of a software background. Nevertheless, she balances it well with combat and also Murderbot’s gradual emotional development. It’s an excellent wrap-up for the novella series, with possibilities for the future.

reviewed Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)

A Quick, Entertaining Read with a Familiar Formula

4 stars

I picked up Exit Strategy, as it is something incredibly convenient and refreshing about these novellas. That being said, Exit Strategy adheres to a similar pattern to its predecessors, making it feel somewhat repetitive. Despite this, Martha Wells keeps the pacing and action engaging, ensuring I have a fun, entertaining read each time. While I wish there was more variation in the storyline or that the author explored new ideas, I can't deny that I still look forward to each novella in the series, and Exit Strategy was no exception.

reviewed Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)

The conclusion of the current Murderbot stories, and a new beginning.

4 stars

The Murderbot arc of stories concludes for now, with Murderbot returning to its clients in the first story, only to find their leader kidnapped and held for ransom by the company to force them to drop the case against the company. In the race to rescue her, Murderbot calls attention to itself, and now the company wants it for the information it has on the company on the alien synthetic artefacts that the company has been secretly digging up (and murdering people to keep them quiet about it).

With lots of drama, suspense and, of course, mayhem, Murderbot puts its rescue plan into action. But its major problems will not be with the company but with its former clients. For rescuing and interacting with them has put Murderbot's main question front and centre: what does it really want to do (besides watch entertainment shows). By the end of the story, …

reviewed Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)

Review of 'Exit Strategy' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

5.0 The final part of the Murderbot novella tetralogy ties everything together while being just as entertaining and suspenseful as the best parts of the series. It does help a fair bit that we don't have to get to know any new named human characters, but see the Preservation Aux team again instead. The ending is especially well-done, but the way there was also more surprising and enjoyable than I thought possible.

The only annoying thing about the series was how hard it was to get hold of the original versions beyond the first book in Germany - not to mention the price. Unfortunately that seems to hold for the further novels too.

reviewed Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)

Review of 'Exit Strategy' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Verlässliche Serie. Den Plot hab ich bei keinem der vier Teile begriffen, aber eventuell war der auch egal. (Update: Beim zweiten Lesen ging es dann. Ich glaube, verwirrt hat mich vor allem, dass "the company" sich auf eine ganz bestimmte namenlose company bezieht und keineswegs auf eins der mit Namen genannten Unternehmen im Buch.)

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