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Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Book Summary

Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas?

Sci-fi’s favourite antisocial A.I. is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

I am coming to you today with a review of what is already a new favourite series, yes if you have been following then you will see the reviews I have been doing of The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. Putting it simply I am really enjoying this series, it’s different and refreshing with real no nonsense storytelling. Anyway let’s move on to the premise of Rogue Protocol, Book 3 of the Murderbot Diaries.

This is another solid entry in the Murderbot series, in fact this might be my favourite so far. This is partially due to the setting that Martha employs, Milu station is a great setting. An abandoned station with not much power, it gave me Dead Space vibes. That feeling of dread is nullified though by the introduction of some interesting characters. We do seem to be getting a non-human character in each book, they do bounce off Murderbot in different ways. Miki in this book is interesting, almost childlike in it’s programming (or programmed) and bounces off Murderbot’s personality in very entertaining ways. There is a new group led by the interesting Don Abene, and again we are treated to a snapshot of the universe that Martha is slowly unveiling.

This is another very good example of character driven Sci Fi, I really like how Murderbot’s character and personality is changing. It’s been said many times, but this really is one of the finest examples of Artificial Intelligence (AI) fiction available. It still has it’s love of film, tv shows and streaming which is cool and in this installment it even gets to play as a security guard of sorts on a new transport (sadly not ART).  

Finally, this book really hits home the atmosphere that can be achieved in a Sci – Fi story. Milu station is atmospheric and creepy, things happen and sometimes so fast that the characters don’t even realise. Martha achieves something here with her writing, pulling off this scene so well I had to read it twice! I thoroughly recommend Rogue Protocol and the Murderbot series as a whole, it gets my seal of approval to read.

Westu hal and stay safe.

The Murderbot Diaries #3
Martha Wells
TOR Books, 2020
Novella, 160 pages
Science Fiction

2 comments on “Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

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    I just finished reading what’s already out, and I am loving it. Looking forward to the next installment in April!

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