#4 in the Murderbot series.
Dr. Mensah has been taken as a hostage by GreyCris. Murderbot decides that the best way to save Dr. Mensah, is to go rescue her itself. As GreyCris Corp attempts to both stop and destroy Murderbot, the rogue SecUnit takes a ton of high risk moves that puts itself in direct danger (and line of fire a couple times) to save it’s client, culminating in a power-packed ending that makes you worry, cheer, and say ‘awww’ at all the new emotions and feelings Murderbot experiences.
This was my second favorite in the novella series because I felt very attached to Murderbot as it navigated the confusion of organic feelings about it’s clients (Dr. Mensah and her team). I won’t add any spoilers, but some of the moments were very touching and emotionally raw which makes the reader wonder just how much living parts there are in Murderbot’s build.
The whole book was nothing but action and urgency so it went by very quickly. There was never a dull moment and we got to see further how Murderbot was beginning to trust the Preservation team. The ending had me so worried, and I think that Wells did a great job including that dangerous sacrifice Murderbot chose to make, and letting us see the damage afterwards.
This is the final novella in the diaries series and the books that follow are full sized novels. I am sad to be done with the novellas because they had the prefect balance of length, plot, thrills, danger, and excitement, but I’m very interested in starting the longer books. Martha Wells is a master at character-building and keeping her world surprisingly well contained without an overwhelming amount of tech descriptions (for a Science Fiction story).
I appreciate that the novellas ended in an ambiguous way. It’ll be fun to see what Murderbot does in the next book, which is the first full-length novel in the series.
I gave this book 5 out of 5. This was the best set of books I’ve read all year.
If you’d like to read more about Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, check it out on Goodreads.
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