by Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #2
Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hours and 21 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
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Narration: 5 cups
The follow-up to the hugely popular science fiction action-adventure All Systems Red
Artificial Condition continues The Murderbot Diaries, a science fiction series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."
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 more.
Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks
Narrated by Kevin R. Free, Artificial Condition by Martha Wells is the second novella in the Murderbot Diaries an off-planet science fiction that is wildly addictive. The audio is just the right length to devour on a road trip or as I did while doing mundane Saturday chores which suddenly became exciting.
After the ending of All Systems Red I was curious to see what our murderbot would do next. We meet a research transport vessel named ART. I loved the interactions that evolved between them. Murderbot is determined to investigate what happened where he went Rogue, and with ART’s help he takes on a contract that brings danger and takes him closer to the answers he seeks.
The unexpected interaction between ART and our SecUnit was fascinating to watch unfold, from viewing movies together to plotting out a way to get the Murderbot on the planet. They work well together and even brought humor to the story. I had a blast listening.
When he hires himself out, to help young technologist who are looking to gain their recordings back we end up getting a mystery, as our Murderbot works to protect the humans. It was fascinating but uneven in pacing, hence the four cups.
If you haven’t yet started the Murderbot Diaries, I encourage you to do so. Grab the audiobooks if you can, Kevin R. Free does a splendid job bringing both the SecBot and ART to life.
Humans, bots and more are all given unique personalities in Artificial Condition. Mystery, suspense and unique characters await you!
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