Network Effect - Martha Wells

Network Effect

By Martha Wells

  • Release Date: 2020-05-05
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 506 Ratings


A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist!

A 2021 Nebula Award Finalist!

A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!

The first full-length novel in Martha Wells' New York Times and USA Today bestselling Murderbot Diaries series.

An Amazon's Best of the Year So Far Pick

Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR | Book Riot | Polygon

I caught myself rereading my favorite parts... and I can’t recommend it enough." — New York Times

You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you're a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you're Murderbot.

Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century.

I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

When Murderbot's human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.

Drastic action it is, then.

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


  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Benloveskitties
    I could literally read these books forever
  • The First Full Murderbot Novel Doesn’t Disappoint

    By Prairie_Dog
    Network Effect is the first full novel in Martha Wells Murderbot Diaries series. The previous four installments have been novellas. This longer work has allowed Ms. Wells to tell a more complex story with a larger setting. I personally liked the greater scope of this expanded work. Our favorite SecUnit has been living with its humans on the world of Preservation. Here, it is more than property. People keep acting as if it is an actual person, which causes it all kinds of emotions. Emotions aren’t its strong suit, but it is learning to deal with them. What hasn’t changed is its dry sense of humor, and its sarcastic internal monologue. In this novel, Murderbot and some of his humans have an unexpected encounter with a character we haven’t seen since the second novella, “Artificial Condition.” They end up in another star system, where there is a lost colony. Things then go spectacularly wrong, and Murderbot has to find some way to keep his people safe. This full novel was just as absorbing and exciting as the previous novellas. The larger setting was interesting, because the reader was able to see many facets of the mystery that the lost colony posed. There was even a significant horror scene near the end. We learned a lot more about the effects of alien remnants, and how colonization works in the Corporate Rim. Another great installment in the Murderbot Diaries, which left me wanting more. Fortunately, the next novella, “Fugitive Telemetry” will be released in April.
  • Action on fast forward!

    By Gerry*64
    Love the way the pace is almost like a race car throttling through turns on a road course. Few lulls and lots of high speed runs. The author has a very unique style of developing characters and I love it.
  • Murderbot Series

    By Fourchap
    Great series with a compelling universe.
  • A must-read!!

    By taylormicky
    The perfect next step in the Murderbot Diaries - will keep you *hooked* the whole way through so plan ahead for not being able to put it down!
  • Another stunning, easy read

    By NoahRosenrosen
    Literally every other paragraph uses parenthesis. (Which isn’t terrible, just a little distracting.)(And off-putting when they’re sequential, which is frequently.)(Also it leads to overlooked typos by way of trailing parens that have no partner.)
  • Exceptional full length novel

    By Ph77
    More please!!!
  • Absolutely stunning

    By Aglimme
    Pitch perfect in so many ways. I laughed, I cried, just so so good.
  • Amazing!

    By GISELA Vazquez 76
    I fall more and more in love with this series. I hope she continues to write it. I love this character. This whole society is so interesting and unique. I find it amazing to visit there. I have a feeling there adventures or just getting started. OK, maybe that’s just my wishful thinking! :-)