Book Review: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

4 out of 5 Stars

The Blurb

No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

My Thoughts?

I was so ridiculously excited to get my hands on an ARC! After the book hangover I had when finishing Network Effect, I was looking forward to diving back into the world of Dr. Mensah, Murderbot, and the rest. That being said, I was a little disappointed to discover this was a prequel to Network Effect. Though I got over my disappointment pretty quick and thoroughly enjoyed this new installment.

This novella felt a bit slower paced than some of the other Murderbot books. There was more mystery and less of the high intensity, explosive action I’ve come to expect from the series. Though, there’s still plenty of intrigue and the same sarcastic, fatalistic, and antisocial Murderbot humor reader’s have come to love.

This novel takes place primarily on Preservation Station. The world building is absolutely amazing. Martha Wells manages to insert intriguing tidbits of custom and unique society into every aspect of her stories, painting Preservation as a curious society that truly cares for it’s people. Some of the main characters from previous books were sadly missing, though I enjoyed the new cast. The prickly interactions between Murderbot and the Preservation security team showed so much growth and change throughout such a short novella.

Overall I give Fugitive Telemetry 4 out of 5 stars. With the different pacing and characters, it was probably one of my least favorite of the Murderbot books. That being said, I still liked it enough to read it twice 🙂

Happy Reading!

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