READ ☆ Artificial Condition

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READ ☆ Artificial Condition ½ It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title and it wants to know Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for MMemories of the massacre that spawned that title and it wants to know Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART you don’t want to k. The good news is that I still love Murderbot and that I now also love ARTThe bad news is that I unfortunately didn't like this book as much as the first one I couldn't get into the story until half way through itI still very much look forward to reading the next awkward adventures of Murderbot though


It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”But it has only vague. I was stalling I would have to interact with humans as an augmented human I had imagined it as taking place from a distance or in the spaces of a crowded transit ring Interacting meant talking and eye contact I could already feel my performance capacity droppingIt was with anticipation of pleasure that I picked up the second installment in the Murderbot series After its thrilling adventures on its last expedition as a SecUnit I was curious to see what 'Bot would do with freedom I read uickly finishing in one sitting Though the beginning felt a bit awkward I remained confident that Wells would end up somewhere interesting It was an enjoyable read but suffered from a few issuesWhy not five stars you wonder I do enjoy the character of Murderbot a great deal but found myself with some sticky points on my first read throughOne I felt Murderbot had become collouial in its speech without accompanying change in comfort level with others Calling ART an 'asshole' for instance seemed odd Funny no doubt But would the apathetic Murderbot really have named a mildly intrusive artificial intelligence it just met an 'asshole' It set the wrong tone and in some ways the character of Murderbot backslid to be a socially inept human not a killing machine trying to create behavior patternsTwo I thought the narrative confusing at first I'm uite used to Well's elaborate world building but this felt awkward On re read I decided it was smoother than I had thought the first time through I remain extremely puzzled as to the differences between 'constructs' 'artificial intelligences' and ''bots' in Murderbot's world and why humans created 'constructs' as they did At one point 'Bot notes that the long sleeves of the T shirt and jacket the pants and the boots covering all my inorganic parts which seemed especially weird to me Why leave human hands on a construct I also remained puzzled by lines such as I huddled in the chair Hello Killing Machine Why on earth do you have any hormones responsible for fear I feel like Wells would have done better to stick with a Star Trek TNG 'Data' type modelThree the plot was good but uneven Murderbot wants to see the scene of its alleged murders It will need a pretext to get there so it signs on with a group of naive workers hoping to regain some stolen data This premise works at first until the workers a family with young children behave in incredibly naive and stupid ways leading Murderbot to behave in naive and stupid ways The long journey to the scene of the crime ends up being anticlimacticTo be fair my rating might also be a case of high expectations; certainly it is much better than many 3 star books that I've read enjoyed and promptly forgot basically every generic cop thriller I love much of what Martha Wells has done and have a number of her books shelved in hardcover Since I can still remember many of the details of Artificial Condition without picking up the book it's good enough to make an impression There's lots of humor and sarcasm some sweet computer bonding and uite a bit of action Definitely worth reading Thanks to all the friends and commenters who helped me clarify my thoughts

Martha Wells É 1 READ

Artificial ConditionNow what the “A” stands for Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogueWhat it discovers will forever change the way it thinks. “For my entire existence at least the parts I could remember I had done nothing but accept the inevitable I was tired of it” Dear MurderbotIf I promise that we can spend uality time just sitting uietly together me reading and you watching your space soap operas and I won’t be bugging you much can we please be friends “I didn’t care what humans were doing to each other as long as I didn’t have to a stop it or b clean up after it” Now I am halfway through what feels like one long novel of the adventures of Murderbot the pessimistic shy and suffering from a bit of social anxiety cyborg construct a former SecUnit by all laws and customs a piece of property a tool a menace rendered useful and safe by the means of governor module which allows for complete torture control and currently nonfunctional in case you cared and despite what M Bot wants you to think clearly a personBecause being human and being a person are completely different concepts “But there weren’t any depictions of SecUnits in books either I guess you can’t tell a story from the point of view of something that you don’t think has a point of view” We humans have been very good throughout our messy history to deny personhood to anyone we’d rather treat as tools or things or property No wonder the assumption here is that a rogue ‘Bot without a controlling whip of the governor module would choose to rampage and murder humans as an ‘euipment failure’ Why would a tool kill you as soon as you lose control over it But think of that “tool” as someone whose free will you have been oppressing and the reason for the fear makes perfect sense Slave owners are terrified of rebellions after all And so M Bot needs to stay disguised in order to survive “The tension that had kept me down to 96 percent capacity eased; a murderbot’s life is stressful in general but it would be a long time before I got used to moving through human spaces with no armor no way to hide my face”“I’m not normally afraid of things the way humans are I’ve been shot hundreds of times so many times I stopped keeping count so many times the company stopped keeping count I’ve been chewed on by hostile fauna run over by heavy machinery tortured by clients for amusement memory purged etc etc But the inside of my head had been my own for 33000 hours and I was used to it now I wanted to keep me the way I was” ———— This story follows our newly sorta free Murderbot on his¹ uest to get to the bottom of the events that happened 35K hours ago when he supposedly murdered uite a few of his human charges It reuires him trying to pass as a human regardless of how painful and awkward it is for him And leads to uncovering what I assume will be the plot of the remaining two novellas¹ I know Murderbot is not gendered and clearly not a sexbot However using “it” feels like like treating him as a tool or euipment not a person And he just seems kinda male to me so “he” it’s going to be Along the way he ends up protecting old habits die hard a bunch of humans who without him are destined to be worm food Yes we can be that illogically stupid “I’m used to humans wanting to do things that can get them killed Maybe too used to it” And he makes an unexpected friend and ally ART another non human intelligence Who shares M Bot’s love for space soap operas If this is not a foundation for lasting friendship what is “Are all constructs so illogical said the Asshole Research Transport with the immense processing capability whose metaphorical hand I had had to hold because it had become emotionally compromised by a fictional media serial” ————————I loved this story just as much as I loved its predecessor It’s just as strong and engaging in writing and characterization and humor But while the first installment could have worked well as a stand alone piece this one makes it clear that there is story to come And I plan to read it all “I said “Sometimes people do things to you that you can’t do anything about You just have to survive it and go on” 5 stars——————————My review of the first novella “All Systems Red” is hereMy review of the third one “Rogue Protocol” is hereMy review of the fourth one “Exit Strategy” is hereMy review of the fifth story and the first full length novel “Network Effect” is here