Review - All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Title: All Systems Red

Author: Martha Wells

Publisher: Tor

Release Date: 2nd May 2017

Source: Own Copy

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

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 are 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, all it really 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 their Murderbot to get to the truth.

I am very late to the Murderbot party, I am ashamed and I am sorry.

How was I to know that a heartless killing machine could be so nice?

I’m sure all of you know about this book, the android security concern looking after a gaggle of scientist exploring a new planet.  The SecUnit aka Murderbot really cant be bothered with people it just wants peace and quiet and to watch tv.  He isn’t fond of the scientists and they are very wary of him.

He doesn’t get peace and quiet as in space the rules about safety don’t apply, people are greedy and do whatever the hell they like and when a neighbouring survey mission stops responding he is going to have to put in some work.

This was a very enjoyable read, I was a bit worried it was be a hardcore sci fi novel but it wasn’t and I’m annoyed with myself that I haven’t read it sooner. The best news is it is part of series so Murderbot’s journey isn’t over yet.



  1. Murderbot is now my favourite ever character name 😄

  2. I've been hearing a lot about Murderbot lately and I'm really intrigued! AIs gone rogue is one of my all time favourite tropes in on-screen entertainment so I'm sure it would carry over into books too but my TBR is soo big!! Would you say it's a must read?

    1. Well I’d say so, I’d avoided for a while as it was everywhere but it does live up to the hype. It’s not that big of a book either so wont take too long to read.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Murderbot is just so brilliant! I've read the four novellas and have yet to read the full novel, which I'm excited about!

    1. I’m really looking forward to reading more, it was great fun.

  4. I'm later to the party than you are, I haven't even HEARD of this book! I'm a bit intimidated by hardcore sci-fi. It's not my chosen genre but I would like to experiment more so this sounds great! x

  5. Haha, I'm even worse, I haven't even heard of it! Thanks for sharing, will definitely check it out! :)

  6. I have heard of this one, but haven't read it. Glad to hear it was a good one and that there will be more books in the series.

  7. I loved it, too:)). Glad you loved it so much - I haven't read more of the novellas, because they are quite pricey and I read too fast to be able to justify the price. I'm hoping to get them at the library when it finally opens up.

    1. They are quite pricey aren’t they, I think I got this one on sale.

  8. Yes! I have the first four ready to go on my Kindle for next year after my A Year of Classics reading challenge is over. 🙌🙌🙌


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