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“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”
In a corporate-dominated space-faring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. For their own safety, exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.
On a distant planet, a team of scientists is conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid–a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, Murderbot wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is, but when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and Murderbot to get to the truth.
My husband isn’t much of a reader. He usually has a book on his Kindle (which I bought him) but he takes his time with it and usually only reads a handful of books each year. I thought he would enjoy this series and the way that the author mostly just plunges into the action. So I downloaded the audiobook and made him listen on our July 4th road trip. I do love a captive audience!
I wasn’t glued to every word myself, since I was busy taking pictures out the car window or whatever I do to pass the time while my husband is driving, but I heard enough to refresh my memory. I enjoyed Kevin R. Free’s narration.
But mostly I was impressed that my husband, who has never listened to an audiobook in his life, seemed to actually enjoy the whole experience! I kept offering to pause it and switch to music if he needed a break but he always told me to let it play. And he wasn’t just humoring me! We discussed the book afterwards and he knew exactly what happened and had his own opinions about everything. He even asked me to download the second book for the drive back home. I don’t think I can share higher praise.
If you liked All Systems Red, you might also like my reviews of
- Armada by Ernest Cline
- Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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