Network Effect may be the 5th in the Murderbot Diaries series, but it’s the first full-length novel — and it’s about time! This heart-pounding space opera thriller not only gifts us epic battle sequences with a sentient murder machine, but it's also hilarious and surprisingly relatable. Our deeply flawed protagonist, Murderbot, is sarcastic, enjoys soap operas, and is blatantly honest with a general disdain for humanity. You may come for the space action, but it’s Murderbot that steals the show.
A 2021 Hugo 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.