Artificial Condition

Artificial Condition

The Murderbot Diaries, Book 2

eBook - 2018
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A USA Today bestseller

The "I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie

Artificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times bestselling All Systems Red

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 vessel 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...

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

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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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evanbrow
Jan 16, 2020

A strong sequel novella to All Systems Red. Making Murderbot's journey of self-realization the primary goal of the story was a great choice, and differentiated itself very well from its first installment. ART is a strong, hilarious character, who introduced a new dynamic. I love Murderbot and I'm excited to continue reading this series. My favourite Murderbot novella.

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Ghettostone
Oct 05, 2019

From: Michael R. Brown, Editor/Chief Ghettostone Publications Company and
Leader of The BEST SELLERS BOOK CLUB reviews author, Martha Well's "Murder Bot
Series" book 2 "Artificial Condition", a great fun adventure into the futuristic fantasy world of interplanetary space travel, artificial intelligence, and high tech espionage! Our story tracks the "anti-hero" "Murder Bot" a self aware ex-human cyborg who became self aware and disconnected his primary command hardware. "Murder Bot" named himself from remnats of a memory that been wiped clean of a mass-killing. Book 2 "Artificial Condition" follows "Murder Bot" as he attempts to investigate his past. He's on the run. His abilities grant him access to space stations feeds, drone weapons, auto bot piloted transport ships, and to cable TV Shows...!

If he had his way he would just find a quiet place to watch his favorite shows
and not ever deal with humans, who he finds inferior and always getting themselves
in over their heads risking their lives. In this 2nd story Murder Bot meets "ART"
(Asshole Robot Transport) who grants him a ride in exchange for stolen cable TV shows...!

But "ART" is a super computer and smarter than Murder Bot, or so he thinks. There teamwork grows into a friendship and leads into narrow escapes from corporate killer
bots, killer drones, and human killers who are spies for a mega-corporation whose
secretly covering up a "alien excavation"!

"Murder Bot", feelings guilty for some odd reason, is roped into going against his dislike
of humans and assumes a human form n an effort to help the team human of researchers.

As a hire security consultant Murder Bot must pass for human. To be helpful "ART" (the transport bot pilot) performs plastic surgery on"Murder Bot" so that blend in with humans.

If only he could hide his disgust!

We love "Murder Bot's" honesty! His banter with ART! His fighting skills! His compassion..!

Highly recommended by the entire BEST SELLER BOOK CLUB, "Artificial Condition" by
Martha Wells is a must read...!

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SarahTink
Aug 30, 2019

Another great entry in Murderbot's story! It's exciting to see Murderbot grow as a character as they tried to protect their new clients, and I was delighted that this book featured another nonbinary character with non-traditional pronouns (Rami). While ART as a character seemed a little overpowered, they were still a delightful presence in the story and I have the feeling that the story is gearing up for Murderbot to face even more dangerous situations (And the action in THIS book was pretty good).

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