Book reviews / Science Fiction

Book review: Network Effect

I just don’t know what to say. I mean how many times have I gushed about Murderbot? A lot. And you know what, I’m going to gush again.

Murderbot is probably one of my favourite characters ever. EVER. It’s awkward, funny, sweary and occasionally violent. ALL THE BEST THINGS. It’s just a fun character. But it doesn’t remain the same, it develops in different ways over the course of the novellas and this novel. I just will never tire of reading about Murderbot. I will never tire of Murderbot being awkward and adorable.

What I loved about this novel was that it was a novel. It was amazing to spend so much time with Murderbot. It was lovely to have greater complexity in the plot because there was more time to let the tension and everything build up. The world building continued, expanding on my of the themes we were familiar with (the horrible corporates for example) but in new and interesting ways. It was familiar but built more of the universe for us to enjoy. Also there was more ART, who was so very ART and the relationship between it and Murderbot was so great.

God I should probably talk about the plot, but WHY. Just go read them all because your life will literally be better for it. Okay fine. So there are SHENANIGANS that mean that Murderbot is left to defend some clients in a precarious situation. But ART is also left in a precarious situation. AND THEN EVERYONE IS AN A PRECARIOUS SITUATION. awkwardness, violence, feelings and Sanctuary Moon ensue.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY! Why isn’t Murderbot real and why can’t I try to make friends with it? Why can’t it be awkward about my wanting to be friends with it.

I mean I’m pretty glad that I don’t live in futuristic corporate hellscape. But still, no Murderbot.


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