Artificial Condition

Artificial Condition

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A USA Today bestseller

The "I love Murderbot!" --Ann Leckie

Artificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times bestselling All Systems Red

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...

Publisher: New York :, Tom Doherty Associates,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250186928
Branch Call Number: FIC WELLS M

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SarahTink
Aug 30, 2019

Another great entry in Murderbot's story! It's exciting to see Murderbot grow as a character as they tried to protect their new clients, and I was delighted that this book featured another nonbinary character with non-traditional pronouns (Rami). While ART as a character seemed a little overpowered, they were still a delightful presence in the story and I have the feeling that the story is gearing up for Murderbot to face even more dangerous situations (And the action in THIS book was pretty good).

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 06, 2019

This series is super hilarious and excellent genre fiction. I am a huge fan of Murderbot and will be binge reading these novellas!

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jtorkilson
Jan 31, 2019

Murderbot Book 2

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kountzcl
Jan 21, 2019

If you have already read this charming book, then (spoiler alert) you will know how helpful ART is to our Murderbot. But isn't this character, ART, too helpful? How convenient for Murderbot to have ART solve every problem, short of crushing a windpipe. I found Murderbot more ingenious in the first, "Red," volume and thus more admirable. Just saying...

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mel_audentia
Jan 09, 2019

I want to write a song about how awesome Murderbot is... Although I'm not sure where to start. But it should be accompanied by a video that involves a lot of "BAM", "CRUNCH", "WHOOSH" like graphics like in the old school Batman TV show (with Adam West as Batman). And in said song there would be lines that quote Murderbot's funny quips and thoughts on ridiculous humans. But alas I am not a song writer so you'll have to settle for my review about how great this book (and series) are!

Murderbot is still a girl to me
I dunno what is, but just like in the first book Murderbot (our androgynous AI robot lead character) is still female to me. Maybe I just really like women who are strong, powerful and fight? Whatever it is I cannot get this image of 'her' out of my head. Maybe that's the real power of Murderbot overall is that you can make them anything you want. Whatever race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, etc. that you identify with.

Kicks a lot of butt
The best part of this series is when Murderbot turn it all on in a fight and takes people out. It's not super violent, and never a graphically described way; more fighting in that fun 'old Batman' style. In Artificial Condition we are taken to a sketchy out of the way mining area to see if we can learn about the 'incident' that resulted in Murderbot naming themselves Murderbot. Lots of action, new friends (and enemies) and hacking happen in Martha Wells follow-up to All Systems Red. Very much like the feel and attitude of the first one.

Read in any order!
It's really rare that I feel it's okay to read a book out of order in a series. But Wells does a fabulous job of recapping what we need to know, without boring the reader to death if they just read the first book. I loved how succinct Wells is with her moments where she reminds us that Murderbot did this or that happened in the past. While this book is less than 200 pages, a lot happens and very little is redundant.

Overall
This is the funnest series I've read in a long time. It's over the top at times without being outrageous, Murderbot is so relatable (considering they are a robot) and it's a nice easy read. I laughed, cringed and gasped during this novella; and at the end immediately ordered book 3. I hope The Murderbot Diaries keeps going for a long time as it's quickly becoming my go to for a need-a-quick-break book series. As always the best thing I can ever say about a book is that I bought a hard copy of this ARC for my personal library.

Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

“Murderbot” is what it calls itself. It is a SecUnit – a security robot with some human tissue. Some years before, it has been told, it went berserk and killed many humans at a mining facility. It was reprogrammed so it has no memory of the incident itself; but feels responsible anyway. Now it is attempting to return to the planet’s moon where the “murder” took place. It needs to know why this all occurred.

Murderbot teams up with an AI-run research vessel headed that way. The AI also has a lot of independence and assists the bot to change his appearance and to learn more about pretending to be human. This cuts to the core of its real problem: “I looked at myself in the mirror for a long time. I told myself I still looked like a SecUnit without armor, hopelessly exposed, but the truth was I did look more human. And now I knew why I hadn’t wanted to do this. It would make it harder for me to pretend not to be a person.”

In order to get clearance to go to the moon’s surface, Murderbot has to take a security job protecting a naïve group of young researchers. Of course, serious danger surrounds these young people, but the real appeal for the series is the ongoing search for what makes humans different from machines. Think of it as *Pinocchio* with weapons.

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

“Murderbot” is what it calls itself. It is a SecUnit – a security robot with some human tissue. Some years before, it has been told, it went berserk and killed many humans at a mining facility. It was reprogrammed so it has no memory of the incident itself; but feels responsible anyway. Now it is attempting to return to the planet’s moon where the “murder” took place. It needs to know why this all occurred.

Murderbot teams up with an AI-run research vessel headed that way. The AI also has a lot of independence and assists the bot to change his appearance and to learn more about pretending to be human. This cuts to the core of its real problem: “I looked at myself in the mirror for a long time. I told myself I still looked like a SecUnit without armor, hopelessly exposed, but the truth was I did look more human. And now I knew why I hadn’t wanted to do this. It would make it harder for me to pretend not to be a person.”

In order to get clearance to go to the moon’s surface, Murderbot has to take a security job protecting a naïve group of young researchers. Of course, serious danger surrounds these young people, but the real appeal for the series is the ongoing search for what makes humans different from machines. Think of it as *Pinocchio* with weapons.

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Stargirl_0
Aug 30, 2018

I really like this series and can't wait for more. The second book introduces new characters both human and robot - which allow Murderbot to grow in his interactions with them and I like how we see more depth of character - not just with Murderbot, but the newly introduced character of ART.

ART is easier to like and understand. Murderbot, on the other hand, is a being that has suffered a lot of damage and is just trying to find its place in the world, as well as answer the question as to what happened.

Lots of things to speculate about in this very small book that is filled with so many wonderful lines.

ArapahoeBridget Jun 28, 2018

Every bit as good as the first book in the series. Murderbot is my favorite robot, and ART is a fantastic new robot buddy. 13/10 would read about Murderbot's ongoing adventures forever.

PimaLib_MattL May 29, 2018

Artificial Condition, book two of The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells, features a lovable, rogue robot Security Unit who is out to discover the secret of his past involvement in a massacre of humans at a mining outpost years earlier, for which he has given himself the moniker Murderbot, and about which his memory has mostly been erased. Like many of the advanced part human-tissue robots in Martha Wells’ brilliantly written universe, his personality is complicated; he is shy, neurotic and anxious, and very uncomfortable passing as an augmented human in his quest for answers. Catch up with Murderbot in the first book of the series, All Systems Red. At 144 pages, you’ll get through that book fast, ready for more.

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