Network Effect

Martha Wells
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Network Effect


How does one explain the way Murderbot appeals to such a widespread range of readers?

There's the dawning discovery of one's own nature, the recognition that one can -- and does -- come to care deeply for others, and the shocking and touching validation upon being brought face-to-face with the realization that others have come to care deeply in return.

Murderbot, an Artificial Intelligence in a cyborg body, personifies the part of us who feels like an alien stumbling around in a world of humans, who is searching for meaning in life, and who -- reluctantly -- realizes that meaning comes with friendships and loyalty and shared experiences and all of the messiness that those relationships entail.

This latest adventure serves to deepen the non-traditional relationship between Murderbot and ART (Asshole Research Transport), while still providing non-stop, edge-of-the-seat action and adventure in a universe full of threats and antagonists, but also of friends and companions, those-who-are and those-who-will-be.

Readers of the previous 4 novellas will not be disappointed with this novel. Those who haven't read them yet -- what are you waiting for? I can pretty much assure you that you will be as entranced and riveted by Murderbot's adventures and burgeoning personality as I am, and that something here will strike a resonating chord with your own search for identity and meaning.