Thursday, May 10, 2018

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2), by Martha Wells (author), Kevin R. Free (narrator)

Recorded Books, May 2018

Murderbot is traveling to the place where the critical events that set him on the path to life as a rogue security unit happened: the mining colony where, under circumstances he does not remember because his memory was wiped, he killed a large number of the clients he was supposed to protect. He wants to know what really happened. He's passing as an augmented human, but telling the ships he travels with that he's a free construct, traveling to rejoin his guardian.

On the second leg of his trip, he finds the bot running the ship is an AI of both very high intelligence, and very high autonomy--and quite capable of doing major damage to him.

From this point, we get an intriguing mix of the developing relationship between Murderbot and the ship's bot, whom he calls Art, Murderbot's investigation of his own past, to learn why and how he came to kill all those clients, and his first venture into interacting with humans as an independent being, taking on a contract as a security consultant for a small research group that's traveling to his own destination.

It's fun, it's intriguing, and we get a surprising amount of character development in not very much space. Extremely well done, and well worth your time.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.