Review: Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2), Martha Wells

Review: Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2), Martha Wells

Cover for Artificial Condition by Martha Wells: armoured figure standing atop a platform with space-ship hovering above.

Where to start. Part of me feels cheated, part of me feels entertained. It’s a decent novella, but steeply priced. I got it after enjoying the prequel in the Murderbot Diaries series, All Systems Red, hoping that the character would get expanded upon, but it remained fairly flat. It’s mostly a dry recitation of events, and while those events are quite entertaining, I failed to really connect to the story, to really care about what happened to the characters. The best part was the initial interaction between Murderbot and the transport ship.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this novella, for as long as it lasted. Had it been priced like a novella, I would have rated it four stars. But as it stands, I’m left with a bit of a bitter after taste, considering that there’s full novels available that are better written for less than I paid for this.


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