Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

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…

Details Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

TitleArtificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Novella, Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    I honestly am on the four-hundred-reviews-to-come portion of my evening and I really don’t have many thoughts that I didn’t have after volume one! So brief review. This volume offers a lot more worldbuilding. We see Murderbot go beyond just one singular arena and really see a lot more of the world. I also just liked Seeing everything! There’s a character introduced who uses gender neutral pronouns (!)Murderbot's first crew is missing in thi...
  • TS Chan
    I received an advanced reading copy from Tor in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars.An awesome sequel to All Systems Red, Artifical Condition pumps up the fun and action.Before I continue, please note there may be minor spoilers from the first novella in my review below. I also maintain that our main protagonist sounded female in my mind and hence, I will refer to it as she. With her newfound autonomy, our endearing SecUnit decided to return ...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Thrilled I got to read this a bit early - more thoughts closer to the publication date. I loved this just as much as the first one, though I did miss Murderbot's first crew. But I really enjoyed the new characters here... clearly Murderbot and ART are just the tip of the non-human iceberg... much more is going on with bots' and constructs' abilities than the average human in this world knows!
  • Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
    This is easily one of the books I was most excited for this year (others that come close are the next two in the series, also due out 2018!)Murderbot is a Security Unit calibrated and equipped to be the ultimate security guard, easily able to protect several people at a time. Usually called a SecUnit, our favourite calls itself Murderbot possibly because of an event that happened before the first novella, and the reason why it hacked its governan...
  • Lucille
    ALLTHESTARSi love this novella series so mUCHShould I be worried that Murderbot is very relatable to me? oh well If you liked All Systems Red and are worried this might not be as good let me rassure you, this was, and maybe even betterA review copy (eARC) of this book was provided by the publisher. Some things might change in the final copy.
  • Matthew Galloway
    In case you were wondering, there’s no need to fear! This second novella is as great as the first. I loved getting back into Murderbot’s head and reveling in a character as socially awkward as I am (even if there isn’t any blood on my hands). This time around we get to meet a different lovably bumbling human crew (humans just don’t understand anything, do they?) and learn more of Murderbot’s history. The new character, ART, is also grea...
  • Ariadne
    More Murderbot! If you enjoyed All Systems Red then you will enjoy this new installment in the continuing adventures of Murderbot. Using the same snarky and awkward voice we've come to love, the Murderbot gets a little more information on its history and meets some new characters along the way. I particularly enjoyed ART and their interactions. I was worried the sequel might not be able to recapture the unique feel established in the first novell...
  • Donna
    Murderbot makes a new friend with ART (a space transport) and saves some more foolish humans.I liked this sequel better than the first book. I've realized that Murderbot is more of a wanderer so relationships and characters aren't necessarily going to stick around. I adored the conversations between Murderbot and ART - a slightly pissy, I-know-I'm-better-than-you-so-much-I-don't-even-need-to-say-it artificial intelligence. The additional informat...
  • Jacqie
    I liked this novella, but not quite as much as the first in the series. Why not? Here will be some spoilers, so be warned. First, it's never easy to get attached to characters only to have them gone after the first novel. The only character with continuity is Murderbot. I hope she gets back to the humans who helped her in the first novel (I'm using "she" for sake of argument, I have no idea what gender Murderbot might be) because there could be f...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)So besides the plot, which was sure to astound me, what keeps me so enthralled in this series is Wells' clever writing and complex themes. In this novella we are introduced to more robots than before - presenting this web of experiences. This series only gets richer as Wells takes us further than before. I am highly anticipatin...
  • sillypunk
    I bloody love Murderbot:
  • Tanya
    What does it want?To kill all the humans, I answered.... That is irrational.I know, I said. If the humans were dead, who would make the media? [p. 132][review placeholder -- ARC, publication date 7th May 2018]
  • Laura
    Rounding up from 4.5 because this doesn't stand alone - if you haven't read All Systems Red (a 2018 Alex Award Top Ten), this won't make as much sense.Murderbot has decided to go rogue and figure out what really happened during the gap in its memory. He - it's decided it's a 'he' - travels back to the scene of the supposed crime, thinking he can go it alone. Of course, he can't and it's only with ART's help that he not only manages the trip but a...
  • Kaylie
    Murderbot is excellent and soft-hearted as ever! A more developed look into the relationships bots have with each other and the human factors that make them so fraught. Intrigue, adventure, and enjoyable carping about humanity. Loved it.
  • Chip
    (ARC) Excellent entry in an imaginative series. One key plot element seems A bit of a deus ex machina (pun not intended) excessive coincidence/luck, but doesn't unduly detract from the overall tale.