Review: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

And what will become of it when it’s caught?

Murderbot returns to the Corporation Rim to help PreservationAux in their case against GrayCris, but when they walk into the station, they walks into a precarious situtation. Seems like there have been a lot of developments in the case since they were on planet Milu, and while Murderbot has the evidence to take them down, Dr Mensah is in trouble. Once again, it falls on Murderbot to apply their creative security consultant skills and swoop in to save the day.

it’s the anxiety that comes with being a part-organic murderbot. The upside was paranoid attention to detail. The downside was also paranoid attention to detail

I love that this final novella in the series (there’s a full novel next, don’t worry) brings the story full circle, with Murderbot once again fighting to protect the first crew that gave them respect and treated them like a person. They have been thinking about what they want since they last left them, but the idea of being a pet robot on Preservation is not appealing in the least. They, however, have affection for the humans in the crew, and are ready to give it all to fight for them. This installment has Murderbot infiltrating a corporate-owned station, where corporate-political influences have Mensah trapped, and the former themselves have to stretch their processing capabilities to get around the various security measures in place. They, of course, are quite adept at getting around systems now, thanks to utilizing gaps in security and human underestimation for the last couple of books, but since GrayCris has brought the big guns, so to speak, the situation becomes dicey.

“A rogue unit would have left a trail of dead bodies across this station.”
I said, “Maybe I wanted the trail to start here.”
He made eye contact with me, and his pupils widened slightly.

Once again, there is plenty of fast-paced action, creative maneuvers, and a big robot showdown to keep things exciting. But on the backburner, there is still the character arc of Murderbot playing out, as they figure out what these humans mean to them. The power of what Murderbot loves the most comes in to save them in the ending, and that was an amazing addition. And with the book leaving on an open-ended note, I am really excited for what comes next for our favorite drama-watching, anxious human/bot construct!

I braced myself and made the ultimate sacrifice. “Uh, you can hug me if you need to.” She started to laugh, then her face did something complicated and she hugged me. I upped the temperature in my chest and told myself it was like first aid


Previous books in The Murderbot Diaries series

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)

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2 thoughts on “Review: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

  1. Pingback: ARC Review: Network Effect by Martha Wells | YA on my Mind

  2. Great review! I just finished the book and agree with your thoughts. I loved this scene as well!
    “I braced myself and made the ultimate sacrifice. “Uh, you can hug me if you need to.” She started to laugh, then her face did something complicated and she hugged me. I upped the temperature in my chest and told myself it was like first aid.”

    I cannot wait to begin the novel next. Would mean a lot if you can check out my review as well.
    http://letstalkcinema.movie.blog/2020/05/27/exit-strategy-murderbot-4-book-review/

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