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"I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of t "I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?And what will become of it when it’s caught? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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"I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of t "I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?And what will become of it when it’s caught? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Exit Strategy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    Ms. Martha Wells latest installment of the “Murderbot Diaries” is volume number four, reportedly the last of the ‘diaries’; this one is titled “Exit Strategy”. For those that have read any of this amazing series, already know that murerbot is not really a bot (robot) or technically a murderer. He is a highly augmented human who is gainfully employed as a security unit. He guards the lives of those who hire him. Not only is ‘He’ highly intelligent ‘He’ is also personal and is burdened with empathy Ms. Martha Wells latest installment of the “Murderbot Diaries” is volume number four, reportedly the last of the ‘diaries’; this one is titled “Exit Strategy”. For those that have read any of this amazing series, already know that murerbot is not really a bot (robot) or technically a murderer. He is a highly augmented human who is gainfully employed as a security unit. He guards the lives of those who hire him. Not only is ‘He’ highly intelligent ‘He’ is also personal and is burdened with empathy, loyalty and a love for escapism into video dramas. Ms. Wells has found her own robotic Harry Potter, in this case battling the evil corporation. This is space opera at its finest and is capable of drawing in any of those readers who may be jaded to the outer space genre. Murderbot is likeable, relatable and self-deprecating enough to capture the imagination and will make one want to find out exactly what is around the next page. Last July 16, 2018 it was announced by Tor.com Publishing and Senior Editor Lee Harris “(we) are proud to announce that Murderbot will return, making its full-length debut in a new novel.” Said author Martha Wells: “I’m really happy to be able to write this novel. I was hoping to be able to continue Murderbot’s story a little longer and explore more of its world, and I’m so glad to have this opportunity. I hope the readers enjoy it as much as I do.” Sadly no date has been announced as to when this book is to appear. The series consists of: All Systems Red (2017) Artificial Condition (2018) Rogue Protocol (2018) Exit Strategy (2018) This is a most excellent and enjoyable series. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    On sale now! 4+ stars, pushing 4.5. This fourth novella wraps up the initial set of the adventures of Murderbot. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Murderbot, the snarky, introverted cyborg hero of Martha Wells’ THE MURDERBOT DIARIES series, returns from its trip to Milu, the deserted terraforming facility in space. The cyborg Security Unit ― which has committed the unprecedented crime of hacking its “governor” that required it to obey orders ― was searching on Milu for additional eviden On sale now! 4+ stars, pushing 4.5. This fourth novella wraps up the initial set of the adventures of Murderbot. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Murderbot, the snarky, introverted cyborg hero of Martha Wells’ THE MURDERBOT DIARIES series, returns from its trip to Milu, the deserted terraforming facility in space. The cyborg Security Unit ― which has committed the unprecedented crime of hacking its “governor” that required it to obey orders ― was searching on Milu for additional evidence against the evil-ridden corporation GrayCris, as related in the third novella in this series, Rogue Protocol. Because of key evidence found on the Milu trip, Murderbot decides it needs to meet face-to-face with Dr. Mensah, who is technically Murderbot’s owner and possibly also its friend … though Murderbot would say it doesn’t “do” friendship. Murderbot’s return to HaveRatton Station isn’t as straightforward or successful as it hoped. Station authorities have been alerted that there’s a rogue SecUnit on the loose, and security personnel are pulling out all the stops to capture or kill Murderbot. Worse, Mensah may be in serious trouble. News sources on HaveRatton state that she’s traveled to TranRollinHyfa, a major space station where GrayCris has its corporate headquarters, to answer GrayCris’s legal claim of corporate espionage against her. Now Mensah has disappeared and is presumably in the hands of GrayCris. Murderbot gets another chance to hone its talents at armed conflict and human rescue missions and, perhaps, at friendship as well. Old friends and old enemies both make an appearance in Exit Strategy, the fourth novella in THE MURDERBOT DIARIES series. Murderbot continues to develop as a personality, shedding part of its deeply ingrained introversion, but still reluctant to open the door to friendship. Mensah’s understanding of Murderbot’s fears both draw Murderbot to her and make it want to run away.That she understood even that much made me melt. I hate that this happens, it makes me feel vulnerable. Maybe that was why I had been nervous about meeting Mensah again, and not all the other dumb reasons I had come up with. I hadn’t been afraid that she wasn’t my friend, I had been afraid that she was, and what it did to me.It (Murderbot is never assigned a gender, and probably would be appalled at the thought) still frequently criticizes human stupidity, though it doesn’t even try to pretend to itself any more that it isn’t going to do whatever it can to help out people who need its assistance. It’s all delivered up in Murderbot’s hilariously sarcastic voice.On the feed the human settled some details of what I was designating as Operation Not Actually A Completely Terrible Plan.The first novella in this series, All Systems Red, won both the Nebula and Hugo awards, and the following novellas in this series have maintained its engaging combination of space opera adventure and Murderbot’s unique concerns about its self-identity and choices. Cyborg SecUnits are viewed as mere property by their developers, but Dr. Mensah and others have urged Murderbot to view itself as their friend and as an individual with independent rights and freedoms. Murderbot struggles with both views, and seeing that struggle play out is one of the appealing things about this series. THE MURDERBOT DIARIES series has been a pleasure to read. The four novellas in this series range from about 150 to 175 pages each, so they go down quickly and easily, but they have some real substance along with the excitement and mayhem. I’m delighted that Wells is now planning to publish a full-length Murderbot novel. There can never be too much Murderbot in my life! I received a free copy of this ebook from Tor for review. Thank you so much!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except for all the facts, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Amazing. As always. I’ve written a full review for the Murderbot series before, so I guess the biggest thing I have to say about this conclusion novella is that it sticks to everything it has already succeeded at. This series is… so much fun, and also one of my favorite examples of playing with tropes I’ve ever se It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except for all the facts, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Amazing. As always. I’ve written a full review for the Murderbot series before, so I guess the biggest thing I have to say about this conclusion novella is that it sticks to everything it has already succeeded at. This series is… so much fun, and also one of my favorite examples of playing with tropes I’ve ever seen. Robots-turning-human stories often utilize the trope of the robot falling in love. This is a trope we have all read before and been annoyed by before. This series? No romance. No romantic feelings. Murderbot is growing feelings, yes, but platonic feelings. The thing I really, really, really like about these is how they play with the trope of the close-to-human-being who reads as non-neurotypical. I think often when books use or incite this trope, it’s for a side character or evil character, and it just kind of reads awful. But I personally love this trope when done well. I think neuroatypical people are very, very used to seeing themselves in mostly villains. But more importantly, I think we are very used to seeing ourselves as outsiders - we project ourselves onto characters who are considered monstrous by the rest of the world because they don’t feel in the same way everyone else does. That’s… me, and it has always been me. I obsess over media because it is one of the lenses through which I first saw the world. I avoid being emotional in front of other people because I have taught myself to hide my emotions. I overcommunicate and feel too much [had to get that Hayley Kiyoko reference in]. But I am also a human being, even if it’s sometimes hard for people to see me as such. So though it may sound weird, the fact that this series writes a character who reads as somewhat non-neurotypical, but is not villainized for this, and is constantly framed as a good person trying to do their best - that means a lot to me. Well, and also they’re really funny. It was just announced that Martha Wells is coming out with more, and I honestly cannot wait. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

  4. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Emotions Galore: “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells “’I don’t want to be human.’ [...] Dr. Mensah said: [...] ‘We tend to think that because a bot or a construct looks human, its ultimate goal would be to become human.’ ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.’” In “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells SecUnits are sentient constructs, part machine, part organic, largely human in form and created in part with human tissue, that are owned by compani If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Emotions Galore: “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells “’I don’t want to be human.’ [...] Dr. Mensah said: [...] ‘We tend to think that because a bot or a construct looks human, its ultimate goal would be to become human.’ ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.’” In “Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells SecUnits are sentient constructs, part machine, part organic, largely human in form and created in part with human tissue, that are owned by companies and used to provide security or protection to humans and/or property as needed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol.

    "I had a complex emotional reaction. A whole new burst of neural connections blossomed. Oh right, I often have complex emotional reactions which I can't easily interpret." Murberbot continues its adventures, and exploring the learning curve of what it means to be a Murderbot. Absolutely solid balance between planning, action, and dialogue this time, with a very satisfying resolution. "It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except fo "I had a complex emotional reaction. A whole new burst of neural connections blossomed. Oh right, I often have complex emotional reactions which I can't easily interpret." Murberbot continues its adventures, and exploring the learning curve of what it means to be a Murderbot. Absolutely solid balance between planning, action, and dialogue this time, with a very satisfying resolution. "It was very dramatic, like something out of a historical adventure serial. Also correct in every aspect except for all the facts, like something out of a historical adventure serial." My nitpick--and damn if Wells wasn't the one to point it out--don't do that, authors--is that there was a part that said 'Bot can't process organics. Like no organic material in, no waste material out. Does. Not. Compute. Unless Wells' organics are plant-based, then we might have a system. But Just No. Still, it had a perfect resolution--all the feels--so we'll go with five non-robotic stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    Niki's Narrative Novella Review [Part 4/4]: I entered into this final installment a little worried. For the character, for my emotions, for that heightened expectations that comes from reaching the end of something truly fantastic and hoping the quality holds up. I was not disappointed. Exit Strategy had the perfect balance of all the amazing elements that make this series so special. Did I shed a tear at some point during this book? I can’t remember. It might have been a combination of laughing Niki's Narrative Novella Review [Part 4/4]: I entered into this final installment a little worried. For the character, for my emotions, for that heightened expectations that comes from reaching the end of something truly fantastic and hoping the quality holds up. I was not disappointed. Exit Strategy had the perfect balance of all the amazing elements that make this series so special. Did I shed a tear at some point during this book? I can’t remember. It might have been a combination of laughing and crying, or just something in my eye. Either way, I have strong opinions about how much I’d love to see this world expanded on more. I still have a few questions, but more importantly I’d miss Murderbot too much. In an interview I read, Wells mentioned that this is the end of the story arc, but she’s already thinking about what to do with it next (yay!). So if you need me, I’ll be in my cubicle recharging from this series and trying not to get snot on my phone. I really hate it when I leak. ...read the rest of narrative at www.NikiHawkes.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Exit Strategy by Martha Wells is book 4 in the series. I read the first one but have listened to the rest. Since book one, I picture the unisex murderbot more female than male but in book two it seems more male. Either way, it is certainly has more humanity than most humans. The story is peppered with humor, lots of action, adventure, corporate intrigue, and fantastic tech busting from our favorite murderbot! It is a super hacker on two artificial legs! A wild ride through the universe with one Exit Strategy by Martha Wells is book 4 in the series. I read the first one but have listened to the rest. Since book one, I picture the unisex murderbot more female than male but in book two it seems more male. Either way, it is certainly has more humanity than most humans. The story is peppered with humor, lots of action, adventure, corporate intrigue, and fantastic tech busting from our favorite murderbot! It is a super hacker on two artificial legs! A wild ride through the universe with one of the nicest Miller's you could know! Love it! The narration complements the story so well! Nicely done!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Everything comes full circle for Murderbot in the conclusion to Wells’ quadrilogy of novellas. The GrayCris Corporation takes Doctor Mensah hostage, believing her responsible for the difficulties Murderbot has caused them. Murderbot must affect a rescue of its friend without giving up the goods it has on GrayCris and while almost certainly walking into a trap. Wells weaves together all the elements that have made this series such a rousing success: caustic humor, lightning-paced and suspenseful Everything comes full circle for Murderbot in the conclusion to Wells’ quadrilogy of novellas. The GrayCris Corporation takes Doctor Mensah hostage, believing her responsible for the difficulties Murderbot has caused them. Murderbot must affect a rescue of its friend without giving up the goods it has on GrayCris and while almost certainly walking into a trap. Wells weaves together all the elements that have made this series such a rousing success: caustic humor, lightning-paced and suspenseful storytelling, and a deeply human emotional core. The action in Exit Strategy is almost non-stop, but the true reward for readers is the completion of Murderbot’s character arc, its journey from self-serving anti-hero to selfless hero; a transition it achieves without losing the edge that made it so endearing in the first place.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This latest and perhaps last Diary wraps up a very interesting time for our wonderful Security Bot. Who knew that going completely rogue, hacking his/her own programming, and calling no shots but his/her own could be so HAIRY? Oh, wait... EVERYONE knew that. :) I know I just got done hacking my own programming and just went through the exact same issues as our favorite Murderbot. Guilt. Emotion. Friendship. Yeah. I hate all those things, too. But at least I have my SF soaps! Soaps make everything go This latest and perhaps last Diary wraps up a very interesting time for our wonderful Security Bot. Who knew that going completely rogue, hacking his/her own programming, and calling no shots but his/her own could be so HAIRY? Oh, wait... EVERYONE knew that. :) I know I just got done hacking my own programming and just went through the exact same issues as our favorite Murderbot. Guilt. Emotion. Friendship. Yeah. I hate all those things, too. But at least I have my SF soaps! Soaps make everything good. What's next on the agenda... could it be a full novel with Art? Hmmm???

  10. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.5* “I don’t want to be human.” What we hoped finally happens. Murderbot upon finding out that Dr Mensah and her team are in danger decides to come to the rescue. Yes, this is a Space Opera kind of story with great action scenes, but ultimately it is Rin’s character that grabs you. Its self deprecation and snarky side are so relatable and likeable, but even more so is witnessing Its psychological and emotional development. Trust Wells to give us a great ‘open’ resolution to this series of novella 4.5* “I don’t want to be human.” What we hoped finally happens. Murderbot upon finding out that Dr Mensah and her team are in danger decides to come to the rescue. Yes, this is a Space Opera kind of story with great action scenes, but ultimately it is Rin’s character that grabs you. Its self deprecation and snarky side are so relatable and likeable, but even more so is witnessing Its psychological and emotional development. Trust Wells to give us a great ‘open’ resolution to this series of novellas! Can’t wait to see what she does with the promised novel!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Murderbot has been striking out on its own for a couple of novellas now, but when it learns that its actions have caused trouble for Dr Mensah, everyone's favorite introverted killing machines does everything it can to get back to where it can to help out. Pretty soon it reunites with Mensah's crew in an effort to free her and defeat the evil GrayCris Corporation in the process. Murderbot is wonderful. Renewing the contact with Mensah and her crew as the only humans who actually know it for what Murderbot has been striking out on its own for a couple of novellas now, but when it learns that its actions have caused trouble for Dr Mensah, everyone's favorite introverted killing machines does everything it can to get back to where it can to help out. Pretty soon it reunites with Mensah's crew in an effort to free her and defeat the evil GrayCris Corporation in the process. Murderbot is wonderful. Renewing the contact with Mensah and her crew as the only humans who actually know it for what it really is, really highlights how much it has evolved from where it was when it ran from them at the end of the first book. These humans themselves are also a pretty terrific bunch as a small family who are willing to accept Murderbot as one of them in any way it will let them. ... and the action scenes are pretty spectacular too. Can't wait for the novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    5 big display surfaces for this wrap-up of the story started in the first Murderbot Diaries story. Murderbot reunites with the team he was protecting in book one, only to find that GrayCris is holding Dr. Mensah hostage. Murderbot, cranky and super sarcastic as always, must find a way to deal with this new situation. Which it does, in its misanthropic, humourous and brilliant style. I loved this whole series, and am so glad there's more Murderbot to come.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    A fine conclusion to the story arc that began in All Systems Red. Murderbot is reunited with Dr. Mensah and others from the Preservation Survey Team much changed and approaching self-acceptance of personhood. That doesn't mean there is any less action in this one. The ride continues to be rough both physically and emotionally. My only complaint about this series is that I think I would have preferred to read them all consecutively. They really are serial installments in a single story, and I feel A fine conclusion to the story arc that began in All Systems Red. Murderbot is reunited with Dr. Mensah and others from the Preservation Survey Team much changed and approaching self-acceptance of personhood. That doesn't mean there is any less action in this one. The ride continues to be rough both physically and emotionally. My only complaint about this series is that I think I would have preferred to read them all consecutively. They really are serial installments in a single story, and I feel like I lost a bit of the continuity by reading each one a few months apart as they were published.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/10/22/... Exit Strategy closes out the Murderbot Diaries quartet of novellas, and while it’s a bit on the tame side compared to all that came before, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to tie everything together. For those who have been on this crazy ride since the beginning, you will also be delighted to know this book takes us back to the beginning, to the event and people who started it all. At the end of the last book, Mur 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/10/22/... Exit Strategy closes out the Murderbot Diaries quartet of novellas, and while it’s a bit on the tame side compared to all that came before, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to tie everything together. For those who have been on this crazy ride since the beginning, you will also be delighted to know this book takes us back to the beginning, to the event and people who started it all. At the end of the last book, Murderbot had just made a significant breakthrough in its investigation of the shadowy corporation GrayCris and has decided the time has finally come to seek out Dr. Mensah, the lead researcher we first met in All Systems Red. But there’s only one problem: it appears Mensah has been kidnapped in a preemptive move by GrayCris to prevent a lawsuit from being brought against them. Murderbot now has no choice but to take it upon itself to rescue Mensah, but first it must take care of another predicament. Word is out that a rogue SecUnit is on the loose, and the authorities are out in force looking for Murderbot, threatening to end its mission before it even begins. After making its way to the space station where Dr. Mensah is believed to be held, it’s a heartfelt reunion as Murderbot is reconnected with the other scientists from the original exploration team. But none of it is going to compare to the moment when our protagonist finally comes face to face again with the person who had always known Murderbot’s true nature, treating it as an individual and a friend. Needless to say, the idea is a bombshell for an A.I. who has always had difficulty coming to grips with its emotions. In one of the most compassionate and revealing moments of this entire series, the famously snarky and misanthropic Murderbot must consider how these feelings will affect its perceptions of humans, as well as what this might mean for the future. Like all the Murderbot Diaries novellas that have come before, this final one really packed a punch. But while action and intrigue have thus far been major elements in the previous volumes, perhaps it is no surprise where Exit Strategy hit the hardest was in the emotional department. I felt it was an appropriate and natural next step following the intensity and energy of Rogue Protocol, and the more reflective tone of this book allowed for the attention to shine on everything going on in Murderbot’s mind. We’ve seen how each installment has built upon the previous one, forming a larger narrative while always increasing the stakes. Having recognized this trend, I expected a lot from Exit Strategy and in the end I was not disappointed. We have now witnessed the nearly complete transformation of Murderbot. It has gone to great lengths to augment itself to look and act human, and the final step was learning how to feel human. For those of a mind that a person alone with no community, friends, or family can ever truly grasp the full human experience, you will probably appreciate the themes in this series. Murderbot began as an artificial intelligence freed from its programming. Hilariously though, before Dr. Mensah’s team came along, it was content to simply use its newfound freedom to enjoy the limitless offerings of TV shows available from the human entertainment networks. From the beginning, that part of Murderbot’s personality set the stage for the type of humor and charm you would find throughout this series, but it goes deeper than that. I’d really like to think that the soaps was what set our protagonist on its path to empathize with and relate to humans, ultimately discovering the importance of meaningful relationships and value of friends and other people who will have your back—no matter what. All told, the Murderbot Diaries series has been an absolute delight. All four novellas have been quick and easy reads, but nevertheless, they’ll be hard to forget. I’m very excited for the upcoming full-length novel, because like many others, I have not had enough of Murderbot yet, not even close. I’ll be looking forward to see where Martha Wells will take the character next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    Oh, this was just perfection. It was the perfect ending for the series! Well, the mini series, at least. Cause you might have or might not have heard that there will be a Murderbot novel! The good news is that there is one. The bad news is that it most likely comes out in 2020. Anyway, more about Exit Strategy though. Oh god, I am in love with this conclusion! I am not sure I have consistently rated nearly all the books in the series with 5 stars, but this is what it will be for Murderbot. Th Oh, this was just perfection. It was the perfect ending for the series! Well, the mini series, at least. Cause you might have or might not have heard that there will be a Murderbot novel! The good news is that there is one. The bad news is that it most likely comes out in 2020. Anyway, more about Exit Strategy though. Oh god, I am in love with this conclusion! I am not sure I have consistently rated nearly all the books in the series with 5 stars, but this is what it will be for Murderbot. These books are just SO GOOD, and the fourth one definitely does not let you down. Murderbot gets more decisive. Murderbot talks to people more. Murderbot morphs into a person of their own more and more. The conclusion to the situation in the first book is delivered perfectly. There is nothing I was unhappy about! I will be rereading this series, and if you haven't read it yet, you definitely should. I thank Tor.com for sending me review copies in exchange for my honest opinion. This did not affect my opinion. More Bookish Talk on my Blog | My Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time with this newest installment in the Murderbot Diaries series. After reading the previous three installments in the series, I knew that I was going to have to read about Murderbot's further adventures just as soon as I could. This is a novella length piece that could easily be read in a single evening. I do think that this series is best read in order since this newest entry touched on things that happened in previo This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time with this newest installment in the Murderbot Diaries series. After reading the previous three installments in the series, I knew that I was going to have to read about Murderbot's further adventures just as soon as I could. This is a novella length piece that could easily be read in a single evening. I do think that this series is best read in order since this newest entry touched on things that happened in previous adventures quite often. This story was everything that I had hoped it would be. Everything comes full circle in the series with Murderbot working to help Dr. Mensah who we met in the first installment. As soon as the SecUnit finds out that Dr. Mensah is in trouble, immediate plans are made to get close and offer assistance. Things are pretty tense at times and there is a whole lot of excitement that had me at the edge of my seat. I loved seeing how much Murderbot has grown over the course of the series. There are feelings in this book. Real feelings. Everyone's favorite SecUnit seems to be having a whole lot of feelings for an anti-social cyborg. There is a lot more interaction with others that is done quite willingly and there are times with the SecUnit is willing to self-sacrifice if necessary. I love Murderbot's internal dialogue and really appreciated its sense of humor. I would recommend this series to others. I think that this book had a great blend of excitement and action. I am so glad that I have had the chance to go along with Murderbot as it tries to find its place in the world. I will definitely be reading any future books in the series. I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library. Initial Thoughts Another fun adventure with Murderbot! Things have come full circle for Murderbot as the focus is on rescuing Dr. Mensah. The stakes are high and the risk to Murderbot is significant. The SecUnit has a bunch of feelings and isn't sure what to do with any of them. The story is once again filled with a wonderful sense of humor. Book source: Library

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    This may be my favorite Murderbot after the first one. It was nice to see the Preservation gang again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    A strong ending (outside a little lag in the centre). There's going to be a novel to follow this, and I really really hope a large amount of it involves Gurathin/Murderbot interaction, but I suppose that's probably not too likely. They'd make a great buddy cop comedy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cathy (cathepsut)

    “WHEN I GOT BACK to HaveRatton Station, a bunch of humans tried to kill me. Considering how much I’d been thinking about killing a bunch of humans, it was only fair.“ If I hadn‘t been so tired last night, I would have read this in one sitting. Very good. Not as fast paced as the last one, a little lighter on humour, but still full of the expected snark and eye-rolling. Nice ending to this story arc. It lacked a little of the suspense and tension of the previous novellas in my opinion, but it was “WHEN I GOT BACK to HaveRatton Station, a bunch of humans tried to kill me. Considering how much I’d been thinking about killing a bunch of humans, it was only fair.“ If I hadn‘t been so tired last night, I would have read this in one sitting. Very good. Not as fast paced as the last one, a little lighter on humour, but still full of the expected snark and eye-rolling. Nice ending to this story arc. It lacked a little of the suspense and tension of the previous novellas in my opinion, but it was still very good. The ending took me by surprise, it seemed a little abrupt (well, I would have happily continued for another 50 pages). However, it is a fitting set-up for the full-length novel that seems to be in the works. I am looking forward to a full novel, expanding on Murderbot‘s relationship with its first family and friends from All Systems Red. That is what I am rooting for, anyway. Have a look at this article over on Tor (Spoilers!), which I got from a goodreads friend: https://www.tor.com/2018/10/02/book-r...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    And the final Murderbot adventure is over. Well, not final, I guess, since there is going to be a Murderbot novel in 2020 (hooray!), but final FOR NOW. The initial arc of Murderbot becoming a person has concluded. We come full circle in Exit Strategy, with Murderbot traveling back to rescue Dr. Mensah, and teaming up with the initial group of humans from All Systems Red. Murderbot's irrational grudge against Gurathin continues to give me life: "I don’t want to be a pet robot." "I don’t think any And the final Murderbot adventure is over. Well, not final, I guess, since there is going to be a Murderbot novel in 2020 (hooray!), but final FOR NOW. The initial arc of Murderbot becoming a person has concluded. We come full circle in Exit Strategy, with Murderbot traveling back to rescue Dr. Mensah, and teaming up with the initial group of humans from All Systems Red. Murderbot's irrational grudge against Gurathin continues to give me life: "I don’t want to be a pet robot." "I don’t think anyone wants that." That was Gurathin. I don’t like him. "I don’t like you." "I know." He sounded like he thought it was funny. "That is not funny." "I’m going to mark your cognition at fifty-five percent." "Fuck you." "Let’s make that sixty percent." Anyway, the gang's all back together, which means Murderbot continually having to experiences those forking emotions he hates so much. (The New York Times review of this book brilliantly describes Murderbot as "a beautiful blend of exhausted cynicism and deep, helpless love".) Murderbot tells himself he has to rescue Mensah because he feels responsible for her predicament (his activities in book three directly led to GrayCris holding her hostage), but he's also doing it because despite his own conflicted feelings about identity and personhood, Murderbot loves Mensah). To sum up: this book was great, you will probably have feelings about it, but unlike Murderbot, you will enjoy those feelings. The stories told in these four novellas absolutely worked well in novella format, but I have to say, I'm really excited to see what Wells can do with these characters in the context of a full novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    A satisfying end to Murderbot’s adventure.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Exit Strategy is good but it is not as good as other novellas in the series. It is not a worthy conclusion to The Murderbot Dairies

  23. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    I hate to say it, but... I think my crush on Murderbot is over. While I loved the first book in the series, the subsequent installments have been getting weaker and weaker, culminating in this book, 160 pages that felt more like 610. Murderbot's voice is what makes these books, and is the only reason I'm not rating this any lower. It's always been snarky and defeatist, but still likeable. That, combined with great action scenes and an interesting plot, is what made the first book really shine. It I hate to say it, but... I think my crush on Murderbot is over. While I loved the first book in the series, the subsequent installments have been getting weaker and weaker, culminating in this book, 160 pages that felt more like 610. Murderbot's voice is what makes these books, and is the only reason I'm not rating this any lower. It's always been snarky and defeatist, but still likeable. That, combined with great action scenes and an interesting plot, is what made the first book really shine. Its interactions with secondary characters, especially the bots (ART in the second book and Miki in the third), were great to see. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of interaction with other characters in Exit Strategy for a good portion of the book, which basically reads as a list of all the different ways Murderbot is hacking drones and trying to keep itself out of security feeds. It tells us, in boring detail, every little thing it does. I could offer some quotes, but then you'd be just as bored as I was. Things pick up a little when Murderbot reunites with its friends from the first book, but even then, the characterization feels thin, as if we're supposed to just remember these characters from three books ago (my recollection isn't that good, especially when they're all identified by surnames). Its feelings about Mensah are intriguing, and that aspect of their relationship could've been explored more. But, just like Murderbot who tries to run from its feelings, the book kind of did the same thing. None of these books have as much action (showing) as the first book, relying instead on Murderbot's internal monologues (telling). Reading this was kind of excruciating at times. Yes, we needed to know what it was doing, but at times I almost felt like I was reading a spaceship's maintenance manual. When the climax finally arrived, it wasn't nearly as spectacular as I thought it could be, given that we're dealing with space and airlocks and threatening robots running around with very dangerous weapons. The climax was pretty anticlimactic, in fact, and the resolution read like little more than a lead-in to the full-length novel that the author is supposedly writing. The writing is weaker here, and the editing is pretty bad in spots. The book even manages to spell the name of one of the corporations wrong, which is something that could've been easily caught by a spell checker with a custom dictionary. I'm so tired of reading books that can't be bothered to keep names consistent; we have word-processing software now, with search and replace functions. It's not that hard. So, I was disappointed, to say the least. I wish the series had ended with All Systems Red (the first book), because each book has successively raised my disappointment levels. Exit Strategy is an appropriate title, because it almost seems like the author didn't know what to do with the wonderful premise, characters, and storyline she set up in the first book; as a result, this final installment seemed like a convenient, rushed way to wrap things up. Sorry, Murderbot. You lost me. Quotable moment: Something was overwhelming me, and it wasn't the familiar wave of not-caring. Fine, I sent. I sounded sulky, because I was sulky. I hate emotions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hank

    These novelas pack as much drama and excitement as regular 300 page novels and 600 pages of Jordan books. Not much to say, if you haven't read the first three, start there, if you have you will already be wanting to read this. It is well worth it and I can't wait for a rumored full length novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    Best novella series I love Murderbot SO MUCH I can't wait for 2020 and the novel!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 3.75

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Collins

    This is my favorite of this series since the initial novella. Murderbot is reunited with that first group of humans to which it revealed its personality and independence; the first people for whom it voluntarily risked life and limb and freedom. I still wish these were novels instead of shorts, if only to allow for more in-depth characterizations. But I don’t think the four novellas would squash together for a very good novel, since the action in each is so repetitive: Murderbot hacks computer sy This is my favorite of this series since the initial novella. Murderbot is reunited with that first group of humans to which it revealed its personality and independence; the first people for whom it voluntarily risked life and limb and freedom. I still wish these were novels instead of shorts, if only to allow for more in-depth characterizations. But I don’t think the four novellas would squash together for a very good novel, since the action in each is so repetitive: Murderbot hacks computer systems right and left (with a frankly preposterous speed and rate of success) while (often simultaneously) engaging in gun battles and physically fighting to rescue a group of vulnerable humans. These have been very fun to read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holly (The Grimdragon)

    "The bad thing about having emotions is, you know, OH SHIT WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ME." It's always a struggle to review a book this far into a series without spoiling anything, so I'll keep this relatively neutral in discussing the series as a whole. I'll try, anyway! Rogue Protocol certainly set the stage for this final installment in the novella series. It was announced that there will be at least one follow-up novel released, so that is exciting news for our dear MurderBot. Er.. well.. maybe "The bad thing about having emotions is, you know, OH SHIT WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ME." It's always a struggle to review a book this far into a series without spoiling anything, so I'll keep this relatively neutral in discussing the series as a whole. I'll try, anyway! Rogue Protocol certainly set the stage for this final installment in the novella series. It was announced that there will be at least one follow-up novel released, so that is exciting news for our dear MurderBot. Er.. well.. maybe not exciting for MurderBot. They have been through some serious shit, after all! However, it leaves room for more glorious adventures & I AM HERE FOR IT! This started a bit slow for me with All Systems Red, but the rest of the volumes more than made up for it! In-depth worldbuilding, new & intriguing characters that we are introduced to throughout the course of the series, intense action scenes, gut-punchy moments & MurderBot’s dryly humorous voice are truly the strength within this series. Martha Wells has created a memorable story with the right mix of angst & humor that is both thought-provoking & enjoyable! The MurderBot Diaries is a diverse, introspective & atmospheric space opera with a socially awkward AI protagonist. MurderBot may not be quite human, but they still face morality issues & what it means to be human. The growth in MurderBot is unlike any I have ever read before & it has been an absolute delight to watch their journey & to see them evolve into a fully-realized character who is reluctantly discovering their humanity. I look forward to more when the full-length novel comes out! (Thank you Tor.com Publishing for providing a copy before the release date, in exchange for an honest review!)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I've read a number of shorter works/novellas this month - the first, Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, is the fourth and final novella in the wonderful Murderbot series (although there will be some full length novels featuring Murderbot at a later date). If I say I thought Exit Strategy was the weakest in the series so far that isn't saying it's by any means a bad book - just that the standard for the series is so high. Whilst this was a little slower to get started than the other books, the conclu I've read a number of shorter works/novellas this month - the first, Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, is the fourth and final novella in the wonderful Murderbot series (although there will be some full length novels featuring Murderbot at a later date). If I say I thought Exit Strategy was the weakest in the series so far that isn't saying it's by any means a bad book - just that the standard for the series is so high. Whilst this was a little slower to get started than the other books, the conclusion was very satisfying as Murderbot is finally reunited with the original team from All Systems Red. Highly recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys! This be the last book of a quartet. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the previous three then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . I love the Murderbot! Basically I have been avidly waiting for this book ever since I finished rogue protocol. Hell, I wanted all four of them as soon as I had finished the first novella. I read this wonderful conclusion and immediately want Ahoy there me mateys! This be the last book of a quartet. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the previous three then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . I love the Murderbot! Basically I have been avidly waiting for this book ever since I finished rogue protocol. Hell, I wanted all four of them as soon as I had finished the first novella. I read this wonderful conclusion and immediately wanted to reread them all. Murderbot has captured me crabby ol’ heart. Murderbot rocks! In this installment Murderbot’s cover is truly blown and yet it makes a choice to go right into enemy territory. Favourite characters return. Snark ensues. Murderbot continues to evolve and grow in wondrous ways. Tropes are played with. Episodes of Sanctuary Moon are consumed. Murderbot interacts with a new and surprising robot in new and surprising ways. Awesomeness abounds . . . I don’t want to get into too many details because it is better for the reader to savour on their own. Read about the Murderbot and fall in love. Side note: I want a full length novel of the further adventures of Murderbot!! I need it now!! And an “I love Murderbot!” teeshirt. And a fancy edition of all four novellas in one stunning collection. I would make them meself but a) I don’t own the copyright; and b) I have no artistic talent besides. Arrr! Check out me crew members reviews of this one: Elise @ thebookishactress’ review – “I guess the biggest thing I have to say about this conclusion novella is that it sticks to everything it has already succeeded at. This series is… so much fun, and also one of my favorite examples of playing with tropes I’ve ever seen.” Niki @ theobsessivebookseller’s review – “I entered into this final installment a little worried. For the character, for my emotions, for that heightened expectations that comes from reaching the end of something truly fantastic and hoping the quality holds up. I was not disappointed. Exit Strategy had the perfect balance of all the amazing elements that make this series so special. ”

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