I was bummed out by Rogue Protocol, but Exit Strategy was my favorite of the novellas so far!
Murderbot is finally going to confront both enemies and friends, taking on GrayCris to rescue Dr. Mensah and hopefully bring those fuckers down! MB has interpreted messages that imply Mensah is being held for ransom while the PreservationAux team stalls until she can be retrieved or rescued
Enter one planetary sized standoff between GrayCris, the Corporation (MB’s original owners), and one more private company hired to bring down Murderbot
It would have been hilarious if I wasn’t about to die. Ok, it was still a little hilarious
It’s gonna need a heck of an exit strategy 😉
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: Exit Strategy
- Series: The Murderbot Diaries – #4
- Author: Martha Wells
- Publisher & Release: Tordotcom, October 2018
- Length: 163 pages
- Rate & Recommend: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨ since I could read on Libby. I 100% think the publisher should be ashamed for splitting one book up into 4 novellas and charging so much!
Here’s the synopsis via Am*zon:
Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?
Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.
But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?
And what will become of it when it’s caught?
This final novella in the original series was fast paced and action packed from start to finish. The security standoff on the corporate planet was crazy. I was as surprised as Murderbot to see a corporation gunship there!
With the evidence against Graycris out, they were desperate and somehow thought they could kidnap Mensah and end up not destroyed.
I think this one had the best action scenes too by far.
I was having an emotion, and I hate that.
What we really have to focus on is Murderbot itself! It was definitely afraid/awkward to face Mensah and the team after leaving. MB had to pull on all it’s human experiences so far to navigate that reunion show. It was nice to see all the original side characters again too!
You can hug me if you need to
Also I did enjoy the planet itself, Wells created a lot of cool imagery with businesses fighting for consumer attention and of course, all the hacking. Alll the hacking. The hacking is way too easy but fun to read anyway.
So the plan wasn’t a clusterfuck, it was just circling the clusterfuck target zone, getting ready to come in for a landing
I think the last thing to note is that as much ad MB tends to act like a human, this one reminds us of it’s background and we got a glimpse of how it communicated and behaved as a SecUnit construct. I liked watching it interact with the company ship because it drove home how the Units interact and process information and we see how far it’s come since
You don’t know what I am