Secret sleuth Murderbot tracks down a murderer…
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
No. of pages: 168
No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.
When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)
Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!
This was a murder mystery for Murderbot and dealt less with him sorting out his identity and purpose, but more about having to work in more human-like parameters and forge relationships in a similar fashion. Murderbot is a gumshoe interviewing suspects and trying to get station inhabitants outside the circle of trust to trust them. Granted it is a slight shift in tone, but important in Murderbots development nonetheless.
A slow start in setting up the parameters for the story and establishing a different structure. But we soon see Murderbot back to his familiar risk assessment, sassy attitude, and extreme rescue scenarios.
Again, I love this series, ‘Fugitive Telemetry‘ is a self-contained story with a great reveal. But it did slightly lack that element of Murderbots inner turmoil at figuring out who/what it is, and what it wants.
The pacing was a little slower than I’m used to from this series, but that’s because the action didn’t kick off in the first few pages, instead switching to an investigatory mode. We still get that phenomenal writing style from Wells. I’m fangirling. A delightful and quick read you can devour in one setting. Definitely recommend this one, though it is what I think of as the weakest instalment of the series so far.
Overall feeling: I’m a detective detecting…
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