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 / Tom Doherty Associates
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Novella

Reviews Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

  • carol.
    "I was stalling. I would have to interact with humans as an augmented human... I had imagined it as taking place from a distance, or in the spaces of a crowded transit ring. Interacting meant talking, and eye contact. I could already feel my performance capacity dropping."It was with anticipation of pleasure that I picked up the second installment in the Murderbot series. After its thrilling adventures on its last expedition as a SecUnit, I was c...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    An awesome sequel to the Nebula award-winning “All Systems Red.” I liked it even better than the first book! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:The illicit adventures of Murderbot continue in Artificial Condition, the terrific sequel to Martha Wells’ 2017 Nebula award-winning novella, All Systems Red. Murderbot, a deeply introverted cyborg security unit, or SecUnit, who previously hacked the governor software that forced obedi...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    I said, “Sometimes people do things to you that you can't do anything about. You just have to survive it and go on.”They all stopped talking and stared at me. It made me nervous and I immediately switched my view to the nearest security camera so I could watch us from the side. I had said it with more emphasis than I intended, but it was just the way things were. I wasn't sure why it had such an impact on them. Maybe it sounded like I knew wh...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    The good news is that I still love Murderbot and that I now also love ART.The bad news is that I unfortunately didn't like this book as much as the first one. I couldn't get into the story until half way through it.I still very much look forward to reading the next awkward adventures of Murderbot though!
  • Bradley
    These Murderbot Diaries are quickly becoming a go-to popcorn SF read for me. I love killer robots as much as the next bloke, but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for this one.It's not just the hundreds of hours this mass-murder-capable robot pours into his/her SF soap opera binge-watching time. It's not the kinds of situations that make it need to pretend to be human among all the myriad prejudices AGAINST mass-murder-capable robots.It's ...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Star-gazing SecUnits: “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha Wells“But you may have noticed that for a terrifying murderbot I fuck up a lot.”In “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha WellsThe very unfamiliarity of SF is one of its attractions for me. It slows down the reading and speeds up the need to think, both within and across book...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”When constructs were first developed, they were originally supposed to have a pre-sentient level of intelligence, like the dumber variety of bot. But you can’t put something as dumb as a hauler bot in charge of security for anything without spending even more money for expensive company-employed human supervisors. So they made us smarter. The anxiety and depression were side effects.” The SecUnit, the hero of our continuing saga, has enoug...
  • Gary
    When we first met the SecUnit Murderbot in Martha Wells’ “All System’s Red”, it had already hacked its governor module, which is ostensibly in place to prevent it from going on a kill-happy rampage. In truth, it had already (apparently) gone on said rampage when it was “under control”, and only hacked the module so it wouldn’t happen again (and so it could have unfettered access to the entertainment feeds). When “Artificial Condit...
  • Karl
    Murderbot is a security robot (aka Secbot or Secunit). Murderbot is a name it gave itself after being involved years ago in a massacre of the humans it was supposed to be guarding on a remote mining moon. Murderbot is part human material with a lot of augmented mechanization. Murderbot hacked it's own control governor module to allow Murderbot to not be programmatically controlled. Murderbot likes nothing more than download and stream hours of me...
  • Jilly
    I love Murderbot!What's not to love about a depressed, soap-opera watching, socially awkward, killing machine? People are nervous of me because I'm a terrifying murderbot, and I'm nervous of them because they're humans. This book is a continuation of our robot-with-low-self-esteem's story. Murderbot has decided to go back to where it first decided to name itself 'Murderbot'. On the way, it makes a new friend - a sentient space ship that Murderbot...
  • Gavin
    Martha Wells's fantastic sci-fi novella Artificial Condition was a worthy sequel to the equally awesome All Systems Red. This series is everything an AI sci-fi story should be and then some! It was thought provoking but also entertaining and engaging.Wells's sci-fi world of corporations gone wild in a space faring future is both interesting and excellent but just like the first book Murderbot was the true star of the show. Our favourite grumpy, s...
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    Niki's Narrative Novella Review [Part 2/4]: My feelings going into AC were tentative optimism. After all, sequels are never as good as the first, right? So if this could hold up to even 75% on how much I enjoyed All Systems Red, then I’d be good. The first few chapters were slowly paced and I really enjoyed reimmursing into Murderbot’s brain. Wells even had me laughing early on with MB’s interaction with a new character. And then the plot t...
  • Char
    ARTIFICIAL CONDITION is the second novella length installment of THE MURDERBOT DIARIES. This one worked better for me than the first. I'm not going to go into the plot as the synopsis and many other reviews already do that. I just wanted to say that the humor seemed more innate this time around, which I appreciated. Murderbot is leaRning more about the massacre that supposedly occurred, (that it partially remembers), and I am interested in learni...
  • TS Chan
    I received an advanced reading copy from 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 sardonic SecUnit decided to retu...
  • Hannah
    I just adore this series. I had so much reading this second book and cannot wait for the last two books to be released. Martha Wells has created a wonderfully vivid world here, with a character at its core that is brilliant, funny, and relatable – and a murderbot. Murderbot is the main draw to this series of novellas: a rogue bot who pretends to not care about anything but its soap operas, it nevertheless cannot help but help other people on it...
  • Emma
    In which Murderbot finds a friend and gets a job. I love Murderbot and its way of thinking, trying to work out what makes humans tick, trying to protect, learning to work with others. I loved the section on his developing friendship and what they could bond over. Recommended series #cyberawesomeness
  • Milda Page Runner
    Well, I had a blast. Perhaps not as action packed as the first book, but I find main character’s personality and voice simply irresistible. It’s amazing how easy it is to connect with and care for this shy socially awkward robot. Martha’s Wells ironic tone and subtle humour really works for me as well.After having so much fun with the two of the Murderbot Diaries I’ve decided to check out other writer’s books.Highly recommended.
  • Ɗẳɳ 2.☊
    ★★★☆☆The appalling lack of carnage continues in Episode II: Attack of the Clones when everyone’s favorite “Murderbot” goes searching for answers to its hazy past. With no clients to serve, it’s free to do as it pleases, but it’s bored of wasting its lifespan stowing away in cargo transports and consuming media—crazy, right?—so instead, it decides to look into how it came to be a free agent in the first place.On an old assi...
  • 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!
  • Sh3lly
    All Systems Red: ★★★I am enjoying this series. Don't let the 3 star rating fool you. It means "I liked it" - I really did! I just don't love it, but these are so short and entertaining, you just tear through them. Murderbot (the genderless security bot) is fun. They seem so human (and really, they are, aren't they?). Security units and "comfort" units (sexbots) don't have any rights and are owned by corporations. But Murderbot is now rogue ...
  • Phrynne
    Book 2 in the Murderbot series which is turning out to be really good indeed! In Artificial Condition our main character, self styled Murderbot, sets out to discover the truth of the events that occurred in Book 1. A lot of help is provided by a bored sentient transport ship called Art. I love the way Murderbot and Art watch soaps together. They also function as the perfect team for infiltrating and beating the bad guys.These are really enjoyable...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum hail Murderbot! So glad to be back for another round of action and adventure with our favorite SecUnit. I am unequivocally loving these novellas, and it still amazes me how much punch Martha Wells has managed to pack into each slim volume. Artificial Condition is the sequel to All Systems Red, so keep in mind this review may contain spoilers for the first book if you ha...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    I thought Murderbot all on their own was great in the first book, but then they teamed up with a semi-sentient ship better known to the reader as ART or (Asshole Research Transport) and everything was even better. Our favorite Cyborg SecUnit self titled Murderbot has left the travelers from the last book to set out on their own to find more details out about what happened in the incident in which they are said to have killed 57 humans in a malfun...
  • Jane
    I listened to the audiobook as narrated by Kevin R. Free. I was more into the narrator this time because I wasn't as suprised at his lack of femaleness as I was last time. Overall the narration was excellent.Ok, so I like Murderbot. I think I liked this outing with Murderbot more than I liked the first, possibly because the "friendship" (?) with ART made this a bit more interesting for me. (Or maybe it was just that there was more snark?)I do wis...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Murderbot finally returns, and I've been impatiently waiting for it ever since I read the first installment. It's by far the most exciting novella series I am following right now. I did not expect this direction! And I definitely approve. It was slow going at first and I wasn't sure what was happening, took a little while to take off so it made me skeptical, BUT... When it did, it was wonderful. So, if you're serious about reading this book, sto...
  • Mimi
    An excellent installment in the Murderbot Diaries. Can't wait for Rogue Protocol.
  • Iryna *Book and Sword*
    4.75/5 starsWill there ever be a team better than ART and MurderBot?? The interactions were flawless. The humor was impeccable. ART's reactions to the tv-show had me howling with laughter. I knew from the first pages of Artificial Condition that I was going to love it. The start was the strongest that I've ever encountered in a book. The perfect pacing kept up throughout the whole story, and if I hadn't been as busy as I've been I'd have read the...
  • Kaitlin
    Definitely another fun continuation to the series. I really enjoyed the sarcastic and silly mementos between ART and Murderbot in this one, and two boys together made for an interesting mix. The author does a great job of convincing you Murderbot is not quite human, but also the empathy is there and I think that makes it easier to connect.A good continuation to what promises to be a strong series. 3.5*s
  • Lee
    Another solid story by Martha Wells. The continuation of this story is certainly keeping me interested. I didn't think it was as strong as book one, but I think a lot of that was the first book had an original side to it, with us learning all about the personality side of the Murder Bot. In Book 2, that is not original and there is no where near as much human interaction and the early awkwardness of Murder Bots interactions was reduced. However, ...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    A quick read. Which annoys me even more considering the ridiculously high price of the ebook. I even considered docking a star of the rating for that, but it wouldn‘t be fair to the story. It was good, but not as good as the first installment. I found it a bit thinner on plot and suspense, although I liked the way our murderbot keeps exploring its non-humanity. The addition of ART was fun. The bad guy was not very bad or scary. Regardless, I re...