All Systems Red (book review)

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)All Systems Red by Martha Wells
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Book Type: Audible Book
Length: 3h 17m

I read this book as a whim, it was on sale on audible and I figured why not give a try. The good parts were the price, inexpensive, and the length which was under four hours. So it wasn’t a huge commitment.

Shortly after listening to the book I was glad I had picked a short book. “Murderbot” wasn’t really fascinating as a character. The character had a lot of contradictions, and I didn’t like how it interacted with the rest of the crew. Also the character made a lot of decisions out of the blue (especially at the end) that didn’t make sense based on what they were doing before.

For me, the biggest problem is that there wasn’t a lot of human emotion to connect with, and while I get it that was the point, it just wasn’t entertaining.

The weird thing is, by the end of the book I was still interested in the story and really wishing the author had done it differently. The main character was itself still boring, but I was interested in some of the side characters.

It didn’t really do it for me. I wouldn’t call the book good or bad, mostly just filler. I can say that I won’t be following up on the series, and I am not too sure I will follow up on the author.

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