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Network Effect, by Martha Wells

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evjohn13's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny hopeful mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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kjoli's review

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adventurous emotional funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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jwells's review

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adventurous emotional funny fast-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
Everything I wanted from a Murderbot novel and more. I sometimes get lost with all the tags SecUnit attaches to things, and lose the plot between the TargetContacts and the targetControlSystems, but honestly, I'm just here for the nonhuman character feels.

I'm not usually a re-reader but I'm thinking about reading this again right now.

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matthewclan's review

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adventurous funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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actuallythor's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

It's too good! Had several moments of bursting out with laughter (only to half-assedly suppress it due to family in the near vicinity), as well as moments of genuine emotion felt through the stories of individuals even if they may not be human or even mostly organic. Or organic at all.

Don't read this book though as your first one: it's accessible, but you'll be missing out on a treasure trove of dedicated stories and additional background. Plus, you'll appreciate Murderbot's development that much more.

(Turns out I posted the review on the wrong book. Oh well, they're both really good, and to be honest, my review is shitty enough that it actually applies to both of the books.)

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asphodelashes's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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frantic_vampire's review

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adventurous emotional funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

I’ve really been savoring my reading experience with Network Effect. I love Murderbot so much, and getting to read a full length novel in this series? It was just amazing! And a totally different reading experience from the novellas. It felt so different and yet exactly the same.

I loved getting to see ART/Perihelion again! And we got to see more of ART’s crew and what they actually do. I also loved seeing Murderbot having a contract on its own terms and…you know, everything going to hell like usual. I also really liked that we got to see Murderbot making new friends! I have to say that this book had some of the most hilarious bits of dialogue in this series. I loved that Murderbot’s humans just straight up thought MB and ART were a thing for a minute there. I just about died laughing! But I also really loved the moment that everyone realized that ART was Murderbot’s best friend. It was so nice.

Honestly, this book was such a fun read. I can’t wait to see what else this series has to offer. And I can’t wait to see more of 3 in the future. This one is getting a solid four and a half stars!

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inferiorwit's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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pan_to_ffel's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0


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deedireads's review

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adventurous funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

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TL;DR REVIEW:

Network Effect was my favorite Murderbot story so far. I think the full-novel length gives it space to appeal to those who don’t always gravitate toward hard sci-fi.

For you if: You are a Murderbot fan!

FULL REVIEW:

Network Effect is the fifth story in the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, but the first full-length novel. It’s nominated for this year’s Hugo Award, which is what put the series on my radar in the first place.

As the dust jacket says: “Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century.” Murderbot is a SecUnit, short for security unit (so like, a badass fighter sentient robot) who hacked the part of its code that forces it to obey commands. That gives it the freedom to start really developing into a person of its own in all the ways that count (and watch as many soap operas as it can). Most of the characters in Network Effect are from the novellas, so you’ll definitely want to read those before you read this one. But if you liked the novellas (no spoilers, but especially the second one), you’ll like this one!

In fact, I liked the first four novellas, but I’m happy to say that this was my favorite Murderbot story so far. As someone who doesn’t read much hard sci-fi, the focus on how all the tech works was sometimes too heavy for me in the novellas. But this full-novel length gives Network Effect more space for narrative elements I do tend to like — development of secondary characters, a layered mystery, subplots. I hope she’ll write more Murderbot novels in the future!

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