Paperback Review: All Systems Red

Title: All Systems Red

Author: Martha Wells

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Publishing Date: 2017


This book wowed me from the first page, which is a rare occurance! My favorite line, I think mayyybbeeee out of the entire book was within the first couple of paragraphs where Murderbot (the main character) says

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”

It was that line that I knew I was going to love this book to the point that hopefully one day I’ll be able to go out and buy the entire series, because snarky pessimistic robots are apparently my new favorite thing. Who knew?

I read this to my mother on the way to my mother’s friends house for a thanksgiving day meal, and she laughed as much as I did throughout this book. It was a lot shorter than what I originally thought it would be-only 150 pages! I was pleased that not only did I get to knock another book off of my TBR, my mother got to read a book for the first time in ages, as normally she’s too busy fixing people’s houses to sit down and read. She read the other half when we got here, and finished it in less than an hour and said that it was a splendid read. I agree mom. It’s definitely a splendid read, one that everyone will definitely enjoy-especially if you love snarky robots.

My main complaint was that the ending of the book felt a little too rushed. I would’ve liked more detail about how the bad guys got their just desserts, and I would’ve definitely loved the team-after taking their new friend home-getting together to go shopping and helping Murderbot adjust.

Overall, I’m giving this book five stars because it’s well deserving of it. I really want more snarky robot right now, because snarky robots are the best kind of robots! With plenty of action, humans you can emphasize with, and a stellar plot (see what I did there?) this book is definitely one you shouldn’t miss out on!


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