All Systems Red

All Systems Red

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250214713
Characteristics: 171 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 16, 2020

A great read

Sep 30, 2020

Murderbot, as it calls itself, is part of a futuristic society and is currently serving as security for a survey team on a distant planet. Murderbot has figured out how to turn off its governor module and now the only orders it follows are its own. Something strange is going on where Murderbot and its team are trying to gather survey data. An unknown creature has attacked two of Murderbot's team and it barely saves them before bringing them back for medical attention. Murderbot and its team quickly realize that the company that has given them the contract to survey the planet may have left out vital information that they will need to survive. Murderbot has killed before and will do so again if necessary, especially to protect its humans to which it has formed a peculiar attachment.
All Systems Red is a very unique story told from the perspective of a sentient bot that is logical with a sarcastic voice. Murderbot loves its serials and has difficulty with human face-to-face interaction. It isn't supposed to think or feel, but Murderbot excels at both. A very interesting character and story that would have benefited from a little more plot, character, and setting development, but overall, an enjoyable read, which includes an unusual protagonist with a distinctive voice.

FPL_AdamL Sep 22, 2020

An artificial intelligence, once it is free, that has slacker tendencies and anxiety when dealing with humans might just be the most likable and trustworthy fictional A.I. in the universe.

Sep 15, 2020

The Murderbot series might be one of the best pieces of literature produced in the 2010s. No joke, it's fire.

FPL_Annie Sep 04, 2020

Oh, to be a genderless killing machine watching soap operas all day.

Apr 08, 2020

Gripping from page one, this novella (under 100 pages) introduces the delightful organic/android Murderbot, a neurotic romantic at heart who has developed both sentience and principles in a universe of cut-throat, competing corporations. Rented out as a security unit to scientists prospecting on an alien planet, he must protect them and his independent mind from unscrupulous marauders. Jaded but honourable, he carries out his duties with a humorous inner-dialogue while maintaining a deadpan exterior. First in a series, All Systems Red could make a great, multi-movie franchise with the right actor. Ryan Reynolds?!

Mar 31, 2020

Is there a character I connect with more than Murderbot? You know, I don't think there is. Murderbot is grumpy, has anxiety, and would rather watch tv than interact with people. Just replace reading with watching tv and I think we're pretty much identical. Well, other than actually being a murderbot. If you like sci-fi, sarcastic main characters, and character driven stories then you should definitely pick up the Murderbot Diaries. You will not be disappointed!

FPL_John Mar 15, 2020

If you are looking for a space opera with a unique premise, this is it. The story revolves around an AI that has hacked its governor to be "free", but has to continue pretending to obey orders so no one realizes what it has done. I loved the main character and especially enjoyed the author's snarky sense of humor of the book.

Jan 16, 2020

What an interesting story. As a sentient AI that pretends to still be under "command module" control, Murderbot is a fascinating protagonist, especially considering that the story is told as a diary. Their "humanity" is written very realistically, and the emotion, sarcasm, and passive-aggressiveness that Murderbot exudes is altogether sincere, hilarious, and entertaining. With an angle that good from the start, the rest of the story flows like butter. I might have wanted a little more with the plot, and I maintain that this story probably should have been expanded, but that's just because it left me wanting more, which is always a good strategy. My second favourite Murderbot novella.

Jan 15, 2020

Fascinating. It ended just when it was starting to pick up speed, I've already requested the sequel from the library. Maybe would've been better as a graphic novel, some parts were hard to picture but I liked how neurotic Murderbot was, maybe it'll get a love interest at some point 🤞. Plus I want to see it kick more ass.

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