Book Review: Exit Strategy
I did it!
I was hellbent on finishing the book I was reading today so tomorrow I could get started on my buddy read with Iseult Murphy. To be honest, it was easy to blaze through the rest of the book.
This time around I read Exit Strategy, the fourth book in the Murderbot series by Martha Wells.
Each book so far in this series has been phenomenal for the most part, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the fifth book that just came out yesterday.
That being said, I have a move in just over a week and a birthday too, so I most likely won’t get to that until June, but still, it’s all very exciting.
Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?
Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.
But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?
And what will become of it when it’s caught?
I gave this book four and a half stars!
Man oh man was this a great read!
After the events of the first three books, things come full circle as our beloved Murderbot sets its sights on helping Dr. Mensah and her team from the first book against the evil corporation GrayCris and their horrible plans.
Armed with damning evidence against the corrupt GrayCris, Murderbot has to piece together the impossible puzzle of figuring out what happened to its former allies, but also what it may have to do if they’re in danger.
Will Murderbot be able to stop GrayCris while ensuring its allies’ safety, or will its plans need a serious reboot?
I just have to say, I loved this book.
First off, we are given a great temporary ending to the Murderbot story. These first four books were a great story arc and there’s been so much personal development for Murderbot along the way. This time is no different.
The characters shine brilliantly. Murderbot obviously takes the cake because it has to deal with the conflicting emotions that it fled from in books one and two and make a decision. It was also nice getting reacquainted with familiar characters from previous books and seeing their personalities come through effortlessly.
The plot had me hooked from the first page. Obviously GrayCris has had this coming for a long time, and I had to know that justice would be served to this horrible corporation who thinks they can get away with pretty much anything. I’m not going to say if they actually got what they deserved or not, but I was happy with the plot and its conclusion.
The only thing that took away from my experience was the technical jargon used. From time to time, I would get confused by what was being said and have to reread a couple times to grasp it. On the other hand, reading this book was like enjoying a nice, rich piece of cheesecake. You have to digest it slowly and savor it.
Ultimately, this was a stellar novel and great ending to the first story arc for Murderbot, and I am so hopeful and excited for the next book!
That’s a Wrap!
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The hubster and I just finished chapter 1. The book starts with a good hook!
Ahh yes, you’re reading it! I’m so excited for you!
Awww ye! So glad to hear how much you enjoyed this one. I look forward to cracking open my copy of it now. And even more excited for the full-length novel too. 😀 Thanks for sharing your love for this series!
Yeah, it was a blast! The next one has some stellar reviews so I cant wait to find out for myself somewhat soon. 🙂
I must read these books. The nice people at Tor gave me the first four for free to celebrate the launch of the fifth, so I’ve no excuse. Plus, you’ve given them all such great reviews. 😊
Wha wha Whaaaaa? Oh my goodness, then you do have to try them out! The first one is really good at setting the stage. I would say the first and fourth were my favorites.
They’ve a book club where they give away a free book every month. You should sign up! Yes, Murderbot is most definitely on my TBR list. It’s such a great character name.
Oh dang! Does it cost anything? I love the name Murderbot because every time I say it I get to explain what it’s about to other readers because they usually have this reaction…. O.O
Haha! I love that.
No, it’s completely free. I’m surprised you haven’t seen the link on the website. I’ll have a look for it and send it to you.
Yeah, that is weird considering I scour their free short stories pretty frequently. I’ll take another look!
Just signed up, the next one’s on the 19th, ieeee!
Great review! I just finished the book and agree with your thoughts. I cannot wait to begin the novel next.
Would mean a lot if you can check out my review as well.
I like your review as well. There has been so much growth over the four novellas that I’m super psyched to start the next one.
I actually got the fifth book in the mail yesterday and plan on reading sometime next month.