Book Review: Network Effect (Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells

Network Effect (Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells

352 pages

Publication: 5/5/20 by Tor.com

ISBN: 9781250229861

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Thank you to Tor.com for the early physical copy in exchange for an honest review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Murderbot returns in its highly-anticipated, first, full-length standalone novel.

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.

Review:

Did I enjoy this one more than the novellas? No. Will I miss Murderbot if this truly is the end? Absolutely.

I was super excited about a full-length novel involving Murderbot, but 350 pages of pure science fiction, for someone who isn’t fluent in the genre (yet), is a lot to process. I’m working on it, and this is a step in the right direction. I know this shouldn’t affect my rating but, unfortunately; it does. Here’s why:

The writing can get very convoluted at times. I’m not going to lie, a lot of this novel went over my head. Some wording threw me off, and it all took me out of the story. I don’t even know if I can thoroughly explain what happened all the way through the book.

I would love to go back and reread the four novellas that created my love for Murderbot. It’s been a bit since I read them, so I’m interested to see how I feel about them now. Did I actually understand them as much as I thought I did? If I ever do reread them, I will keep you all updated.

I think if the middle third of the book was removed, I would have enjoyed it a bit more. I love this series for its action, and there’s not a lot in this one. That’s not to say that I didn’t love the banter between Murderbot, the humans, and ART (Asshole Research Transport or Perihelion). I enjoyed the throwbacks to previous novellas and all of those characters. Many, many references to GrayCris and old memories with ART. You can feel the love that Murderbot has for ART, even though it doesn’t want to admit it. I also loved the references to Murderbot’s roots—where it all started.

I will not deny that there is some good character building in this one. We get tidbits of background information on random characters, which is a nice breath of fresh air. I don’t think I go into these novels for that, though. I’m not a huge character-driven reader. I thrive on plot, but I do love me a balanced novel.

The ending is very bittersweet. It did satisfy my Murderbot needs, and it was open enough to either end it there or continue. I wouldn’t mind either one. I’m sure a series like this could go on forever, but it’s probably smart to stop before it starts to drag.


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April 2020 TBR!

I decided to pick two NetGalley books, two books I own, and two library books to read for the month of April. I’m trying to stick to my TBRs, and I hope that having this many options will help create the variety I need.

P.S.: Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for the early digital copies that I have included.


NetGalley:

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

Goodreads blurb:

In a funny, insightful, and life-affirming debut, Brooke Fossey delivers an unflinching look at growing old, living large, and loving big, as told by a wise-cracking man who didn’t see any of it coming.

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Goodreads blurb:

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

Physical:

Network Effect (Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells

Goodreads blurb:

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.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Goodreads blurb:

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition.

*My plan is to just continue on with this one. I don’t think I’ll finish it this month.

Library:

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Goodreads blurb:

You probably know someone like Shay Miller. You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters. Shay thinks she wants their life. But what they really want is hers.

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Goodreads blurb:

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.


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My Most Anticipated 2020 Releases

Hello! These are not in any particular order. There are also a ton of other books I’m excited for, but these are mostly books by authors I have read other books from—except for Kate Elizabeth Russell. These are authors I look for every year to see if they’re releasing anything new. I’m very patiently waiting for Celeste Ng to write another one.


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Publication date: 3/24

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Publication date: 4/21

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication date: 3/10

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Publication date: 1/7

Network Effect by Martha Wells

Publication date: 5/5

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Publication date: 7/7

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication date: 4/28

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Publication Date: 7/14

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Publication date: 3/10

Credence by Penelope Douglas

Publication date: 1/14

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Publication date: 3/24

A friend told me that Taylor Jenkins Reid has another one coming out, but Goodreads doesn’t have a release date for it. That’s why I didn’t include it. It’s called Malibu Burning if you wanted to go add it to your TBR.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Have Read and Would Like in My Personal Library (8/27/19)

Rules:

  • That Artsy Reader Girl – Posts a topic every Tuesday, and the goal is to come up with answers to that post. You don’t have to have ten answers. It can be 2, 5, 10, 20, 100, etc. It’s whatever works for you. You can also put a twist on a topic.
  • Make sure you link to the host, That Artsy Reader Girl!

Book I’ve read and would like in my personal library:

  1. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  2. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  3. The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
  4. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  5. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  6. All Systems Red (and the rest of the series) by Martha Wells
  7. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
  8. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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April 2019 Reading Wrap Up!

I read seven books cover to cover this month, and I finished up one that I started in March. Three of them were e-galleys from NetGalley (Thank you publishers) and the rest were library books. I am currently in the middle of four other books. I thought that this month was quite successful in quantity and quality!

Finished

E-galleys:

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 The Porpoise by Mark Haddon ⭐⭐

The Farm by Joanne Ramos ⭐⭐⭐

Library Books:

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel ⭐⭐⭐⭐

All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rogue Protocol (Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading

E-galleys:

Buried (Agent Sayer Altair #2) by Ellison Cooper

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

Library Books:

Exit Strategy (Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold


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Top Ten Inspirational & Thought Provoking Quotes from Books (4/30/19)

Go check out the host of TTT: That Artsy Reader Girl. The rules are also on her blog in case you don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is.

These quotes were just what I could find on my phone or tabbed in some of my books. I read a lot of library books that I wasn’t able to tab and I never saved the quotes. Please enjoy!

So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?” All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“It may be the luckiest and purest thing of all to see time sharpen to a single point. To feel the world rise up and shake you hard, insisting that you rise, too, somehow. Someway. That you come awake and stretch, painfully. That you change, completely and irrevocably-with whatever means are at your disposal-into the person you were always meant to be.” Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

For thousands of years, human beings had screwed up and trashed and crapped on this planet, and now history expected me to clean up after everyone. I have to wash out and flatten my soup cans. And account for every drop of motor oil.” Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Some want it to happen. Some wish it would happen. Some make it happen.” The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Great danger is always associated with great power. The difference between the great and the mediocre is that the great are willing to take that risk.” The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Within the team there was no gender. We were all equal in everything. We had a strict code of ethics and discipline. At that time, the most important goal was the spirit of being together as a team, and overcoming the distance.” Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

“I think given the choice between loving Mare-betrayal included-and never knowing her, I’d choose love. I risked, and I lost, but the risk was worth it. It’s the same with my friends. Suspicion is healthy in our profession-but only to an extent. I’d rather trust my men than worry about what will happen if they turn on me.” The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

“We must not cower in the dark because we’re afraid of the spark within us. The answer is not to put out the spark, but learn to control it.” Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

“Who knew being a heartless killing machine would present so many moral dilemmas.” Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells


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