In Artificial Condition, the second installment of The Murderbot Diaries, we reunite with everyone’s favorite Sec Unit, Murderbot.
Murderbot is curious about its past, having been involved in an incident at a mining facility, which left a lot of humans dead. It has only vague recollections of that time and has a strong need to know more.
Recently setting out on its own, with no ties to any human, it now has the time to seek answers.
Making a new acquaintance, an AI, who it calls ART, the two, when not binging media shows together, set to work preparing Murderbot for the next steps.
It alters itself a bit, in order to pass as a human, and accepts an assignment as a security consultant. Its new clients are a group of computer scientists, who had their work stolen from a previous employer.
They want to negotiate to get it back. This assignment will take Murderbot exactly where it wants to go.
Yet again, it struggles with, dare I say, emotions where its human charges are concerned. It is the most soft-hearted Security Unit in all the galaxy; although it can definitely slay when it needs to.
There’s corruption, there’s evil entities, there’s action, there’s humor and whole lot of heart.
I adored the interactions between Murderbot and ART. Just the sweetest moments.
If I wasn’t so terribly frightened of the possibilities for AI, I would want one myself.
Overall, this was a highly entertaining novella and I cannot wait to carry on with this series.
Martha Wells has an incredible style and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, fast-paced Science Fiction series!!