Friday, April 27, 2018

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1), by Martha Wells (author), Kevin R. Free (narrator)

Recorded Books, October 2017

Murderbot, a.k.a. Sec-Unit, is a composite being with both human and robot parts, legally a robot owned by a company that leases him out as a security unit. He's currently leased out to a survey team on an unsettled planet. It's a small survey team, and he's the only security unit.

What neither the clients nor the company know is that he has hacked his governor module, and obeying orders is a choice for him.

That will turn out to be a good thing for everyone.

There's another survey team on the planet, a larger one, on the other side of the planet. They can communicate but don't have a lot of reason to do so. There's also a third group, that they don't know about, and which has nefarious intentions, for something valuable on the planet, and for the survey teams that could frustrate their plans.

Murderbot is likable, surprised to find that he cares what happens to his clients, and despite crappy education modules, has learned a lot from his voracious consumption of entertainment videos.

At only a bit over three hours, it's short, lively, and enjoyable.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.