Network Effect

The Murderbot Diaries #5

Martha Wells

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Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel.

You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot.

Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century.

I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.

Drastic action it is, then.

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Body horror (3 reviewers), Death (2 reviewers), Violence (2 reviewers), Gore (1 reviewer), and Gun violence (1 reviewer)


adventurous 99%
funny 81%
emotional 43%
tense 34%
lighthearted 28%
mysterious 26%
hopeful 23%
dark 10%
reflective 8%
inspiring 5%
challenging 4%
sad 2%
relaxing 0%


fast 52%
medium 46%
slow 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

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