The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer: Story Review

The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer Story Cover

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The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer Story Cover
Title: The Secret Life of Bots
Series Number: 1


On a mission to save humanity, Ship awakens Bot 9 in a last-ditch effort to eradicate a pestilential life form hiding in Ship’s walls. But Bot 9 never was very good at following orders.

My Review:

I just finished Artificial Condition, the second book in The Murderbot Diaries series, and really liked it. Greg at Book Haven noted my excitement and recommended this short story to me.

“The Secret Life of Bots” is not related to Murderbot in any way but they do have a similar feel. There’s a…not entirely compliant robot with a quirky personality, a dry sense of humor, and a penchant for saving humanity from our stupidest impulses.

This was a fun little read (available to read free at ClarkesWorld Magazine) and I would like to read more about Ship & Bot 9, either before or after the adventure detailed in this story there’s a second story available, “Bots of the Lost Ark,” as Nicole at BookWyrm Knits kindly pointed out to me. Highly recommended for Murderbot fans.

Recommended by:

Greg at Book Haven

Similar Books:

If you liked “The Secret Life of Bots,” you might also like my reviews of

  • All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells, read by Kevin R. Free
  • Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ashley Poston, read by Adenrele Ojo

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