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System Collapse by Martha Wells
Narrator: Kevin Free
Series: Murderbot Diaries #7
Published by Tor on November 14, 2023
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Length: 6 hours, 45 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Am I making it worse? I think I'm making it worse.
Everyone's favorite lethal SecUnit is back.
Following the events in Network Effect, the Barish-Estranza corporation has sent rescue ships to a newly-colonized planet in peril, as well as additional SecUnits. But if there’s an ethical corporation out there, Murderbot has yet to find it, and if Barish-Estranza can’t have the planet, they’re sure as hell not leaving without something. If that something just happens to be an entire colony of humans, well, a free workforce is a decent runner-up prize.
But there’s something wrong with Murderbot; it isn’t running within normal operational parameters. ART’s crew and the humans from Preservation are doing everything they can to protect the colonists, but with Barish-Estranza’s SecUnit-heavy persuasion teams, they’re going to have to hope Murderbot figures out what’s wrong with itself, and fast!
Yeah, this plan is... not going to work.
I love everything about the Murderbot Diaries series. I just adore the grumpy Murderbot who wants to be left alone to watch its shows. The straightforward comments on its own situation is fabulous and funny. I highly recommend this series, and always prefer to read in order. The audio version is stellar and I prefer it.
System Collapse follows closely after Network Effect‘s events, not Fugitive Telemetry. The timeline threw me off a little bit. Everything is a bit off with Murderbot because
redacted. It’s busy dealing with the current situation while trying to figure out its non-optimal performance. In spite of the threat of corporation goons, there is still time to watch Sanctuary Moon, and make “friends” with other systems.
The wonderful characters we have come to know and love are on this mission, including ART. ART is patiently helping Murderbot with
redacted. We know about the agri-bots and contamination from Network Effect and now we learn about the different groups of humans who have colonized the planet. Our team is trying to protect them from being taken over and put into slave labor by the corporation.
Suspenseful and dangerous, Murderbot navigates the situation to help and protect its people. Luckily, it finds parallels to help in Sanctuary Moon and to help emulate human behavior. Once the crisis is ended, there is still plenty of work for the Preservation team but Murderbot decides to go with ART next.
Kevin Free does an amazing performance! I always listen since he is perfect in his delivery of Murderbot’s tone and yes, emotion of its thought stream. The other characters are distinct and their voices feel authentic. I listened comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed. I know I will listen to this brilliant series again and again.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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