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Artificial Condition

Artificial Condition

Book - 2018
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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 vessal 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...
Publisher: New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250186928
1250186927
Call Number: SF WELLS MA
Characteristics: 158 pages ; 21 cm

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JCLCharlesH May 03, 2021

Murderbot Diaries Book 2 - Continuing where the first book left off, this story sees Murderbot undergo a number of personal changes as he tries to figure out what his purpose is. This book introduces ART and, throughout the action, grapples with the concepts making friends and what it means to care about others.

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AMB_4
Apr 14, 2021

LOVE love love love love love love love Murderbot!

WCL_Kiirstin Apr 09, 2021

I loved this book as much as the first, and maybe even slightly more, which is a rare thing in a series and testament to the skill of Martha Wells. I am extremely invested in Murderbot's story, and ART was another amazing character; I've never been so attached to a space-faring ship. Watching the tension between Murderbot's need to be alone and completely independent, and their gradual realization that they maybe can't do everything on their own (not that they are going to admit that to ART) was one of the high points for me. Excited for the next book - while there aren't a lot of loose ends, there are definitely threads I can see needing to be picked up in future instalments.

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labraden
Sep 30, 2020

Murderbot has left its humans in PreservationAux, and is on a mission to find out what happened in its previous assignment when it supposedly killed all of its clients in Ganaka Pit on RaviHyral. On its way, it meets a transportation bot that it calls ART (Asshole Research Transport) which it finds annoying, but also incredibly helpful. To get to RaviHyral, Murderbot takes a job as security for three recently fired workers who are trying to get the stolen data they had collected on RaviHyral back before they move on to other jobs. Murderbot assumes this will be an easy way to get to RaviHyral, but it has no idea what is in store for it.
Murderbot continues its exploration of what it means to be independent. It still has difficulty dealing with people, but its interaction with ART is not only funny but explains a lot about the journey Murderbot is on and how it is changing. A little short, but overall this is another good story in this unique series.

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rixonkj
Sep 15, 2020

I LOVE episodic storytelling with both short and long plot arcs, and this series delivers, along with a fantastic set of characters in a vivid, interesting future. Strong recommend!

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nkbau3_0
Sep 04, 2020

Loved ART so much

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booknrrd
Jul 17, 2020

Martha Wells's Murderbot series continues to delight as she sends her sarcastic, introverted, vid-watching, but somehow endearing Murderbot on a mission to discover more about his past.

Book 2 in the Murderbot series. Murderbot makes a surprising friend on his quest to learn more about the mission that earned him his nickname. This book is a little bit more about who Murderbot is and less murder-y.

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JLMason
May 06, 2020

In part 2, the curmudgeonly Murderbot reluctanctly makes a friend - a sensitive, intelligent research transport ship - and helps out some hapless humans while researching what happened in his past where he was blamed for many deaths at a mining operation. The scene where Murderbot and the ship watch space opera serials together (Moon Sanctuary with over 200 episodes!) is hilarious. Murderbot is a great character and I want to read more than these short novellas provide.

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SeattleSaul
Feb 24, 2020

I had a difficult time with this book and gave up about half-way through. I was unfamiliar with the characters and places and times in which they lived (presume the far future). It seems to be a robot-science fiction story with the main character being a security expert, semi-human robot (I think). It is in first person (the bot) and has very little description of the surroundings to help visualize the environment. I’d suspect that somewhere there would be a point where the bot becomes helpful to humans and has a goal that it wants to achieve.
If you have read similar novels or others in the “Murderbot Diaries” (it sounds like there is a whole series) it may be exactly what you are looking for. Several readers thought very highly of it, but I, alas, am less able to grasp the story, and rated it low based upon the way I like to see a plot unfold.

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ckapadia
Jan 24, 2020

Yes! I'm starting to get the payoff for what the first book was setting up! I love the snarky relationship Murderbot and ART have. These operating systems really get human interaction. Going to have to go get the next one asap, this must be how people felt waiting for the next installment of Charles Dickens to come out. I really wish I could get the whole thing in one book!

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Coarse Language: at least eight uses of f**k; at least three uses of s**t

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