All Systems Red - Martha Wells

All Systems Red

By Martha Wells

  • Release Date: 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 1,083 Ratings


Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 Locus Award
One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

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    By Pistolhead
    From start to finish this was such a unique, interesting story that really makes you want to keep going! Can’t wait to keep reading the next books!
  • Entertaining read

    By Abolina
    Thoroughly enjoyable book, quick read. No parts that I had to skip over or yawn over!
  • Murderbot?? More like Feelsbot!

    By bassynater2500
    A great sci fi read from the data of a murderbot! I felt like I was watching a film, very engaging and visual.
  • Unexpected

    By George Scott IV
    Wells’ style lends itself to easy reading, and the flow of events and dialogue make for a compelling storyline. She creates a believable world, finesses detail and information with mastery, and refrains from the use of typical (boring) third-person explanatory mechanisms. Those are completely absent, which is refreshing. Only at the finish does the story disappoint, but not because of lame plot or lazy writing. Rather, it disappoints only because of the bold, unabashed, in-your-face cliffhanger. Few authors can pull that off credibly. Wells does.
  • All Systems Red- is now a Big Green Go! JB 68!

    By JC Cincy Kid
    What a unique story and a real fun creative quick read! I am now on to the next book in the series this one was that good. Can’t wait and will definitely write a review on this next story as well. Thanks Martha. Cincy Kid 68! 5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • A being denied humanity by its society

    By arcsine
    This story explores how society wrongfully rejects the humanity of groups it deems unworthy. In the future, humans who add technology into their bodies are augmented humans… free to live and participate in society. Yet, adding human brains and organic parts to technology does not leave the resulting being free to participate in society … Unless that being defeats the governor module incorporated to subvert the organic parts to the will of the technology. #SciFiChat
  • satisfying and specific

    By h2ppycyclo9s
    Sometimes all you want is an action adventure story in a future in space narrated by a reluctant but plucky robot with severe social anxiety and guns in its arms and this is is it
  • Short and sweet

    By RonMan
    A very tightly written story. I wanted it to be longer, but there are more in the series, so I guess I spend more money and get more entertainment. Love the name Murderbot!
  • Best book I’ve read in years

    By Searcher26
    After reading the first chapter, I couldn’t put it down. #IAmMurderbot <3
  • Very interesting

    By hayley.y.wood
    Loved the quick pace of this book!