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Artificial Condition

by Martha Wells

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Series: The Murderbot Diaries (2)

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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.… (more)
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Murderbot is determined to find out the truth about its past. It's heard about the horrific tales of a mining massacre but thanks to the company wiping its memory, can’t remember what happened that day. Was the mining incident an accident, or did it want to kill all those humans? Posing as an augmented human, Murderbot takes on a security job for a group of researchers in order to reach the mines. But helping them claim their stolen research isn’t going to be easy. And as Murderbot searches for answers in the mines, it will discover a lot more than it’s past.

Artificial Condition picks up right where the previous novel left off. Murderbot is trying to pass for an augmented human while it plans a route to the mines. Along the way, it encounters a sentient transport bot that it deems ART. If you thought All Systems Red was hilarious, wait until you read about ART and Murderbot trying to figure out humans. Between Murderbot’s knowledge from watching TV and ART’s ability to run searches and compound data quickly, they help each other understand human social cues and body language.

The evolution of Murderbot as a character is so clever. Bit by bit Murderbot’s outlook of the world and those within it is expanding. And it’s not only humans it's learning about, but other AI as well. Murderbot is guilty of putting AIs into categories based on type, even though it’s a unique individual. Of course, that is until ART comes along and rewrites how Murderbot views its own kind.

An introvert after my own heart, Murderbot is a character I cannot get enough of. I am eager to see how else Murderbot will evolve as the series progresses. If you haven’t tried the Murderbot Diaries yet give them a try. They are fast-paced sci-fi reads that are filled with action, sarcastic humor, and great storylines. ( )
  Letora | Jun 24, 2021 |
Murderbot becomes a bit more human like. Searching for information of what happened in its past. ( )
  Kristelh | Jun 14, 2021 |
I love the ongoing world building in this book, and the new AI character is a great addition. Murderbot has a great humanity to it, while still retaining that inhuman artificial character that it should have. Can't wait to read more. ( )
  duchessjlh | May 30, 2021 |
A lovely follow-up that explores more of the world of Murderbot, introduces fun new characters, and provides a very satisfying adventure all on its own. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I enjoyed the second book in this series as much as the first.

Murderbot is a very relatable protagonist without loosing the feel of an AI. ART and the other new addition to the AI world of the book (won't name for potential spoilers) are great and I really like where the story is going and what we learn about Murderbot's world in the process.
The author has a talent for laying out a world through the progress of the story, without long descriptive paragraphs that interrupt the action, which is refreshing, specially in sci-fi.

I can't wait to read vol. 3. ( )
  ImaginarySpace | May 3, 2021 |
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There’s plenty here to entertain the many fans of the first novella.
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Böhmert, FrankTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foltzer, ChristineCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, JaimeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montier, MathildeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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