Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
"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.

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) Details

TitleExit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherTor.com
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Novella, Fiction

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Awesome wrap-up to the Murderbot series. Old friends and old enemies both make an appearance.Because of key facts and evidence Murderbot found in the third book, Rogue Protocol, against the evil-ridden company GrayCris, Murderbot decides it needs to meet face-to-face with Dr. Mensah, its technical owner and possible friend (though Murderbot would say it doesn't "do" friendship). But when Murderbot gets back to its original grounds, it finds that (a) the authorities are out to capture 4.5 stars. Awesome wrap-up to the Murderbot series. Old friends and old enemies both make an appearance.Because of key facts and evidence Murderbot found in the third book, Rogue Protocol, against the evil-ridden company GrayCris, Murderbot decides it needs to meet face-to-face with Dr. Mensah, its technical owner and possible friend (though Murderbot would say it doesn't "do" friendship). But when Murderbot gets back to its original grounds, it finds that (a) the authorities are out to capture it, and (b) Mensah is in some serious trouble. She's 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.Sorry, this won’t be out until October! Full review to come at that point, and after it's posted on Fantasy Literature. Seriously, read this series! They're all short novels/longish novellas, so they go down quickly and easily, but have some real substance along with the excitement and mayhem.I received a free copy of this ebook from Tor for review. Thank you so much!!
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  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    this is like, my favourite novella series in the history of the universe? I was really afraid that I wouldn't like the ending, but I ended up being very satisfied by it. it's pretty open, but not open enough to feel like you have no conclusion.review to come sometime in September
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  • Matthew Galloway
    January 1, 1970
    Is this the end? I don’t want it to be, but it sure feels like it and definitely is a good spot to exit (haha) the story. I just love Murderbot so much. Once again we get its amazing point of view, its snark and frustration about humans, but the love of them that leaks through. We could all be so lucky to have a Murderbot there for us. Plus, you know, I can identify with not wanting people looking at me all the time and not necessarily wanting to be touched by just anyone. And maybe, just maybe, Is this the end? I don’t want it to be, but it sure feels like it and definitely is a good spot to exit (haha) the story. I just love Murderbot so much. Once again we get its amazing point of view, its snark and frustration about humans, but the love of them that leaks through. We could all be so lucky to have a Murderbot there for us. Plus, you know, I can identify with not wanting people looking at me all the time and not necessarily wanting to be touched by just anyone. And maybe, just maybe, I've been called a little robotic at times. (though other times too animated, so who knows)I love that an underlying theme is that it doesn’t have to want to be us to still have sentience and emotion and some of our better traits. Like, you know, Data from Star Trek makes for an interesting character arc with his yearning to be human (sometimes, since many times he seems to have emotions and such just fine...) but it's become quite the trope. Certainly a more meaningful theme to be who and what we already are and still be awesome for it.Anyway, point being that there is nothing about the Murderbot novellas that isn't awesome. I'm sure Murderbot will always have a place in my heart. ;)
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    Need more Murderbot please.
  • Karina Sumner-Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I really love Murderbot. More, please!Edit: Murderbot novel on the way? Woohoo!
  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    I would have probably enjoyed this more if I had read the first three in the series, but even without that, this was a great action-packed story and I never felt lost or like I had been dropped into the middle of something. I definitely have three more books to add to my TBR now, though.
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    Wells' phenomenal Murderbot Diaries novella series ends with a bang in this thrilling fourth sci-fi adventure featuring the marvelously cynical, sarcastic, and socially anxious cyborg. When Murderbot discovers that its former employer (and possible friend?), Dr. Mensah, is being held by a corporation bent on covering up its past and future misdeeds, it must team up with members of its old crew to rescue her and stop the corporation once and for all.Thanks to Tor.com and Edelweiss for providing a Wells' phenomenal Murderbot Diaries novella series ends with a bang in this thrilling fourth sci-fi adventure featuring the marvelously cynical, sarcastic, and socially anxious cyborg. When Murderbot discovers that its former employer (and possible friend?), Dr. Mensah, is being held by a corporation bent on covering up its past and future misdeeds, it must team up with members of its old crew to rescue her and stop the corporation once and for all.Thanks to Tor.com and Edelweiss for providing a digital advance review copy.
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  • Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
    January 1, 1970
    Spoilers will appear beyond this point - novellas don't really leave room for much to review other than fangirl gushing which I totally have in gusto for this series, however, is probably better for twitter and reaction updates rather than a posted review.We pick up quite close to where we left off in Rogue Protocol, with Murderbot having obtained the evidence of its own past and what it did to be wiped (which didn't quite work) and heads back with the thoughts of somehow getting the intel back Spoilers will appear beyond this point - novellas don't really leave room for much to review other than fangirl gushing which I totally have in gusto for this series, however, is probably better for twitter and reaction updates rather than a posted review.We pick up quite close to where we left off in Rogue Protocol, with Murderbot having obtained the evidence of its own past and what it did to be wiped (which didn't quite work) and heads back with the thoughts of somehow getting the intel back to Dr Mensah - former owner, who set Murderbot free at the end of the first book, and always had a peculiar way of both trusting Murderbot and also being one step ahead of understanding the bot almost before it understood itself. However, discovers that Dr Mensah has since been captured. Possibly because they think the doctor was the one who sent Murderbot on its mission in the first place.  GrayCris is the awful organisation that seemingly has no morals - and I mean, very few huge corporations do, but these chaps really do seem to take the cake. However, they are also too big to think on the very human and individual level, which means they aren't accounting for every possibility. And that is what lets Murderbot (having slightly changed their appearance in a previous novella) slip through the many security systems and travel to where Dr Mensah is currently being held (if you're able to read between the lines in the newsfeeds) without being detected.Murderbot is very good at doing what it does, seemingly taking reduced odds as a kind of challenge. At one point it faces down a bot far more lethal than itself, and takes it on with a callus type of glee, yet still processes the situation with absolute certainty. We seemingly have more mention of its human parts in this book, which goes along with its growing affinity for the people it works with. As in the previous novellas we have the snark and the sass and the way Murderbot has its jokes, but now we also get to see characters from the first book back, and see how they can read and understand Murderbot better than it possibly first remembered. We have a novel now to look forward to and I can barely wait. Murderbot is fantastic in its journey discovering what it means to be human, and what it means to be outside of what is considered neurotypical. Murderbot gives those who identify as non-neurotypical some hope that where they can be ignored or dismissed, that in this they see that they have value, and some are willing to learn how best to interact with them.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/08...In the fourth (and final?) Murderbot novella, Murderbot has to go on a RESCUE MISSION!!!! Ugh, I love this series, Murderbot is such a great character and Wells does such a good job with the action and plotting. If you are someone who is maybe not into hard sci fi but like the Becky Chambers books, this is definitely a series to look into. I can’t wait to see what Wells does next. A/A-.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be releas http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/08...In the fourth (and final?) Murderbot novella, Murderbot has to go on a RESCUE MISSION!!!! Ugh, I love this series, Murderbot is such a great character and Wells does such a good job with the action and plotting. If you are someone who is maybe not into hard sci fi but like the Becky Chambers books, this is definitely a series to look into. I can’t wait to see what Wells does next. A/A-.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in October.
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  • Janet Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Murderbot ties up her story with a return to the characters who were there at the beginning. She nearly sacrifices everything to rescue and protect the humans who cared about her, and is rewarded with her freedom, although no one who cares about others is ever really "free." Although this is the supposed wind up of a 4 novella series, I would really like to see more of Murderbot in the future. Terrific episode
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    MURDERBOT HAS A FAMILY AND IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. This is a wonderful ending that wraps up the immediate dangers facing our favorite murderbot and its friends but leaves a space open for further adventures.
  • Kaylie
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t believe there’s no more MurderBot after this! Delightful as always.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you edelweiss for the ARERTC
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    So good I’m almost mad about it.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Watching Murderbot evolve over these four novellas has been such a treat. Even though it claims all it wants to do is quietly watch its serials, clearly the relationships with people, ART and Miki have changed it beyond all recognition. It's to the author's credit that this never feels forced. Best news: there's going to be more of Muderbot, this time as a novel.eARC provided by publisher.
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  • Karyn Silverman
    January 1, 1970
    Super sad this was the last one.
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