A Book A Month

March, 2019: "All Systems Red" by Martha Wells

Book cover, All Systems Red by Martha Wells.Author: Martha Wells
Genre: Science fiction
Published: 2017
Pages: 154
Reading started: January 24th, 2019
Current progress: Page 154 of 154 (100%)
Reading ended: January 26th, 2019. This book was successfully finished in 2 days.
Effective reading time: N/A
Review score: 4.5 of 5

Description

Amazon.com: A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid - a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

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