350 pages

English language

Published Jan. 28, 2020

ISBN:
978-1-250-22986-1
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52381770

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5 stars (23 reviews)

It has a dark past--one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.

I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.

Drastic action it is, then.

3 editions

reviewed Network Effect by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #5)

A great addition to the Murderbot series!

5 stars

This was a great book. The familiar characters and settings of the Murderbot series, but a longer tale to really flesh out the growing relationship between it, ART, and other humans. It also ends with the promise of more adventures, too! If you're a fan of Murderbot you should pick this one up.

For a full review, check out my blog: www.goodreads.com/review/edit/52381770-network-effect

reviewed Network Effect by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #5)

Review of 'Network Effect' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Full length Murderbot! And it totally delivered as you can no doubt tell from the score I have given it.
Murderbot is such a strongly realised creation that it could carry an average story on it's own, fortunately this novel has a strong story to go along with Murderbot. The author wisely keeps the shenanigans at a small enough scale that you can relate along with Murderbot's increasing confidence in being free. This is still Space Opera however so there are still plenty of bangs for your buck.
The whole series remains highly recommended but they really need to do an omnibus of the first 4 novellas at a reasonable price.

2022 Re-read
Score still stands. I must say I particularly took my time with the last third on this read through and it paid off with some new gems that were in there. This is a very strong novel, …

reviewed Network Effect by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #5)

Review of 'Network Effect' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

So, this is substantially better than the first novella - to which I gave 1 star and would have been a 'did not finish' had it not been for a book club. There's a proper plot this time, a bit of character development, and some interaction between characters rather than a tedious monologue. It was easy to read and I got through it in a few evenings.

However, the main problem I have with this book is that the author has chosen to go with first person narration, so everything is told from the viewpoint of the main character (hence diaries). This has three potential issues:

1. It is, in my opinion, harder to get right than third person.
2. You don't find out about anything that doesn't involve the main character. (This is what makes diaries of any sort sometimes difficult to read, as you potentially miss big chunks …

reviewed Network Effect by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)

Review of 'Network Effect' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

It turns out I've been up all night finishing off this book, thank Murderbot it's still lockdown.

Was it worth pre-ordering? Yes. Did it blow my expectations? Totally.

Having the three narratives at one point took a tiny bit of adjustment, but for me it genuinely made the action come more to life. I've also noticed that things tend to be described just enough that you're able to set your own visuals along with the series.

I certainly hope there is another Murderbot novel in the works, as I've been sucked in deep to this series

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