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Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel (The Murderbot Diaries Book 5) Kindle Edition
A 2021 Nebula Award Winner!
A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist!
A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!
The first full-length novel in Martha Wells' New York Times and USA Today bestselling Murderbot Diaries series.
An Amazon's Best of the Year So Far Pick
Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR | Book Riot | Polygon
"I caught myself rereading my favorite parts... and I can’t recommend it enough." — New York Times
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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A 2021 Nebula Award Winner!
Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR | Book Riot | Polygon
"If the first books were episodes in a four-part TV miniseries, then Network Effect is the feature-length movie with the bigger budget and scope... Murderbot and the world it inhabits constantly leave you wanting more, in the best possible way. Network Effect is a wonderful continuation of the series, and I highly recommend it." ―NPR
"I might have a little bit of a thing for a robot. Its name is Murderbot... Network Effect [is] great."―Wired
"A glorious thought-provoking Murderbot tale...As we may be stuck in social isolation for the foreseeable future, I can think of no better company than this paranoid android." ―The New Scientist
“This is a terrific space opera, a classic space adventure but with a very modern sensibility… Murderbot, with its on-point observations and addictive interior monologues, is easily one of my favorite characters in SF...
I found I had to stop myself from rereading the whole book right on the spot… Highly recommended.” ―Charles de Lint for Fantasy & Science Fiction
"A welcome expansion of this universe and lays the groundwork for more stories to come in a series that continues to grow and impress." ―Booklist, starred review
"SecUnit’s gloriously candid, frequently confused assessments of its crew and their predicaments allow for an amusingly childlike perspective on what it means to be human... Series fans and anyone who enjoys humor-infused space operas won’t want to miss this." ―Publishers Weekly starred review
"This is a perfectly paced space opera adventure novel... I could read about Murderbot all week." ―Locus
"It’s pretty much the perfect follow-up to the series, and manages to be surprising all the way to the final page... I was floored by Network Effect, and if you’re into Murderbot in any way, I think you will be too." ―Aurealis
"Martha Wells’ Network Effect is phenomenal and likely surpasses the high expectations set by the novellas... I haven't met a human who didn't enjoy these books." ―The Quill to Live
"Network Effect is the perfect fare for any seeking the perfect weekend binge read or escapist vacation." ―BookPage
"If you're looking for a mystery that perfectly tempers grisly scenes with lighthearted humor, this is the series you need to read." ―Bustle
"Wells continues to find sensitive and effective directions for Murderbot's character growth. This whole series is fantastic, and this novel is no exception. If anyone had any doubts about Murderbot's ability to carry a full length novel, this should put them to rest." ―SFRevu
"Anyone who enjoys humor-infused space operas won’t want to miss this."―Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Wells’ first four Murderbot novellas were sensations, and the first full-length book in the series is a funny, entertaining follow-up." ―Medium
"Another great entry into a series that probably needs very little introduction. Murderbot is a top bot, a great pal, and I'm glad that they're looking to stick around for more adventures to come." ―Nerds of a Feather
"Murderbot will make you laugh and punch you in the feels a fair few times ... I will always look forward to more Murderbot adventures." ―The Nerd Daily
"Readers will love journeying with Murderbot again in a bigger and wilder adventure guaranteed to leave you craving more. Needless to say, I’m already burning to get my hands on the next one." ―The Bibliosanctum
"Wildly original and endearing, Network Effect is a complex work of genius that expands upon a fascinating scientific landscape in a conversational, sardonic tone." ―Paperback Paris
"Unpredictable, hold-your-heart beautiful, heartbreaking and, all in all, my new favourite sci-fi book." ―Orbiting Pluto
Praise for The Murderbot Diaries
"The Murderbot series is a heart-pounding thriller that never lets up, but it's also one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read. Come for the gunfights on other planets, but stay for the finely drawn portrait of a deadly robot whose smartass goodness will give you hope for the future of humanity." ―Annalee Newitz
"I love Murderbot!"―Ann Leckie
"We are all a little bit Murderbot."―NPR
“Wells gives depth to a rousing but basically familiar action plot by turning it into the vehicle by which SecUnit engages with its own rigorously denied humanity.” ―Publishers Weekly starred review
“I already can’t wait for the next one.” ―The Verge
“A great kick-off for a continuing series.” ―Locus
About the Author
Martha Wells is the author of a number of fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Wizard Hunters, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her short stories have been published in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, and Stargate magazine, and in several anthologies. She is also the author of the media tie-in novels Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement and a Star Wars novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razors Edge.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07WZ7SB5D
- Publisher : Tordotcom (May 5, 2020)
- Publication date : May 5, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3012 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250229863
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,636 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am truly in awe of the author's ability. To create three, three! Totally believable worlds is just incredible. I know of no other author that could come close.
Apparently we are to have yet another Murderbot. This is terrific news. Would it be obscenely greedy to ask also for a little extra Ile Rien?
Anyway, as they say, if you like Murderbot, you'll love this.
The first 20% of the book looks interesting,
the rest 80% is a way more weaker
— Not much action (just recall 1 fight scene, the rest are bleak)
— The plot isn't captivating due to a blurred antagonist
— Too much inane dialogs or reflection
— Too many new secondary characters in the end (kinda 101 mistake to make)
— Not much humor: hardly remember 3-4 murderbot typical jokes (in other books it was like 10-15 per book)
On the bright side: there are some very small but brave steps into human-machine relationships, machine-machine friendship. Martha has managed to pull it off.
Overall recommendation — skip it.
Can I just say, when they make the video game, I hope they reward me with a scene from Sanctuary Moon as a reward for hacking my Governor Module.
Yeah, read the novellas first, but once you do this is such a good totally new story and oh my gosh, it's so good. Having a whole novel's space to unfold lets the story be on a larger scale than the prequel novellas. It's very compact and complex and action-packed. Fantastic story
My opinion is that this is damaged by poor editing that tries to remove the human interest and add more action. Tor needs to be more careful of its investments, as this will cut the size of the audience. The novellas sold this novel, but it's got to sell the next one.
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At novel length, however, Wells' limitations show clearly: there is very little character development, the plot is nothing we've not read before in this series and - as is inevitable with most series - sopshisticated readers will begin to feel that they're being spoon-fed more of the same, which is far from satisfying. I have no problem with genre writers who have a formula, as long as the formula is original and cannot be replicated by others. Also, as a novel, 'Network Effect' is too long by a good 100 pages - a common problem with most novels these days is excessive length demanded by publishers so that the books feel like 'value for money' for buyers, as if 'never find the quality feel the width' as an approach is a guarantee of good storytelling. It's not. 'Network Effect' felt flabby, slow and tedious compared to 'All Systems Red' for example.
Wells really should leave Murderbot be now, as the returns are diminishing. Trouble is, many readers can't see when they're being spoonfed by having their expectations fulfilled, when truly great SF goes for a fresh novum each time, turns the world on its head via paradigm shift and finishes with a bang of conceptual breakthrough. or at least it used to. Now, series books which are written almost entirely for commercial reasons for the many readers who want repetition and familiarity (concepts which are the opposite of the cognitive dissonance sophisticated SF readers require) are one reason why written SF has been in decline for several decades as an art form.
If you want more of the same, this will make you happy, but if you want new ground broken, don't buy 'Network Effect'. I'm done with Murderbot personally, as this novel didn't leap off the page and light me up like the early novellas did.
Wells, if you're that good an SF writer, turn out some singletons in the the way Philip K Dick, Robert Silverberg, J G Ballard, K W Jeter and Ursula Le Guin did.
I absolutely loved all four Murderbot novellas, and desperately wanted this full-length novel to be as good, or even better. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.
I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this book, actually, to be honest, I found it frustrating and irritating. The thing is chock full of bracketed sections, especially in the early pages, which just irritated the hell out of me. There are so many references to the previous four books, and not really necessary for the story, that they started to feel like those annoying Youtube adverts that pop up mid-video.
And maybe it's just me, maybe I'm being a little over-analytical, but Murderbot wasn't the Murderbot I remember. Its usual irritation with humans, dislike of too much conversation and general self-conscious embarrassment were almost non-existent, and for me that was what made Murderbot the lovable character it is/was. And no, I'm not buying "It's character development."
It's taken me three weeks to force my way through this book. I simply found myself unmotivated to pick it up day after day. The word I keep coming back to in order to describe the writing in Network Effect is 'cluttered.'
Sorry Martha, I love Murderbot, but this was a big miss for me.
I feel like hopping up and down like a fan girl blurting out all my favourite things but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It was just as exciting, action-packed, emotion stirring and funny as usual. Some old favourites, some new friends, I just love this world. In fact the only bad thing is having to return to Corona World afterwards. What do I have to look forward to now except re-reading them all again.
I got humour: how murderbot sees humans is hilarious as it seems true: we do just talk a lot and wave our arms about.
It has action: cool spaceships, aliens, robots, fighting, explosions!
It has depth: humans are, well, instinctively humane. Corporate contracts and greed are what puts out that bright flame.
It has humanity: relationships are key and it is touching to see Murderbot grow more human.
OK, only little nitpick. I honestly found a lot of the extra characters completely 1 dimensional. Maybe because it is all from Murderbot’s POV?