Thank you to Tor and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot 6) by Martha Wells
Release Date: April 27th
Tags: Adult | Sci-Fi | Sentient Bots | Space Opera
Trigger/Content Warnings: Murder
When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)
Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!
Murderbot is back! In between watching Sanctuary Moon and their protection detail, they now have to solve a murder!
Set on Preservation Station we get a real murder mystery with Murderbot. I found it interesting to see how everything is set up on Preservation Station and how their friends all were so positive she should be with them when the station isn’t really as accepting of Murderbot as they thought they were going to be. It creates some interesting dynamics.
I was under the impression this was going to be a full novel but it is a novella again. After my initial dissapointment I devoured it. The plot leans itself well for a novella length and it works fine the way it is. And I think I also understand why it has gone back to novella’s. Network Effect was really there to wrap up some pieces in a bigger plot. But Murderbot started with novella’s and I think Murderbot’s story is best told through snappy shorter stories than one long one.
Anyway Fugutive Telemetry has everything that I loved about Murderbot. Snappy Murderbot who gets frustrated with humans, yet they also bond with those closest to her (I went aaaaw at all the check-ins with them during the story). Murderbot will always give us that unique view on us as a human species, and isn’t that what we like about them? But they also learn better to navigate the world of humans. When they should speak their mind or hold their tongue. And murderbot is also a bit petty. If they can get under your skin they will. Which is amusing and a bit exasperating at times haha.