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Book Review: Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2), by Martha Wells

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Book Review: Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2), by Martha Wells

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Book Review: Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2), by Martha Wells

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Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2)
by Martha Wells
May 8, 2018
Review rating 4/5

Murderbot is back for seconds.

Now, I wish I could say this book is better than All Systems Red, but in truth, it isn’t. No that that is a problem, anyway. All Systems Red was outright excellent, so I’m fine with Artificial Condition being just great.

While Artificial Condition picks up right where ASR left off, with Murderbot trying to find out exactly what happened to get labeled a murder, the problem with the book is that the plot feels rather… light. It’s not a bad thing per se, just ASR got off mostly on Murderbot being worried about being found out, while the semi-dual plot here always felt like there were far too few stakes.

On the upside, the writing is just as tight, if not even tighter than on ASR. Murderbot, while a bit less snarky than on the previous book, is still every bit as entertaining to read. I read this in less than two days, and I felt entertained every minute of it.

A novel I can very much recommend. Not Wells’s best, but then again not every book you write can be your best. Still miles ahead of your average sci-fi book. Rogue Protocol can’t come soon enough.

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