4.5 5 stars There are few things in life that make me happier than spending time with Murderbot which is ironic, considering it it would rather do literally anything than be social The Novellas alone were enough to solidify the series as an all time favorite, so discovering this full length novel was in the works immediate jumped it to the top of my priority list for 2020 Network Effect was every bit as sardonic, action packed, and endearing as the novellas, but took it one step further by adding even depth to the characters.The unique writing style is the best thing about these books aside from character construction It doesn t follow typical storytelling constructs and often comes across as conversational than anything else There s a great deal of punctuation used to convey Murderbot s sardonic tone, and no shortage of profanity for comedic impact I ve never read anything that comes this close to how I communicate in my daily life, so even the bones of how the story was presented sang to my soul There were a few occasions where the sarcastic voice was a bit heavy handed, but this is one of the few cases I would rather a little too much than not enough.And then we have Murderbot The best character in sci fi, hands down.I think it s my spirit animal It s awkward and introverted and just wants to be left alone to watch its tv serials and I can relate to every single solitary time it couldn t bring itself to people any But the brilliance in this novel is that, social obligational constructs aside, it still craves connection And that s where the story becomes much than a action packed sci fi It s about a rogue SecUnit trying to carve out a place for itself in the universe Did Murderbot make me cry Maybe I don t know Fuck off.Recommendations The Murderbot Diaries is in close running with The Expanse and Planetside as my favorite sci fi on the market It s exciting, it s funny as shit, and it has that magic X factor that gets people emotionally invested Start with All Systems Red, and I bet you ll know within the first few pages if it s something you ll enjoy I was hooked from the first sentence, and it has only gotten better from there Consider this an official Obsessive Bookseller endorsement this series is fantastic Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.comOther books you might like Murderbot Returns In Its Highly Anticipated, First, Full Length Standalone NovelYou 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 MurderbotCome For The Pew Pew Space Battles, Stay For The Most Relatable AI You Ll Read This Century I M Usually Alone In My Head, And That S Where Plus Percent Of My Problems AreWhen 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 ActionDrastic Action It Is, Then MURDERBOT NOVEL THIS IS NOT A DRILL. There s gonna be a full length novel coming out checks calendar in 2020 That s actually very optimistic of Tor, assuming that we re gonna make it to 2020 But I m excited for the book.Announcement reveal and excerpt Somewhere between 4 to 4.5 stars guys, Murderbot is back and it has stolen my heart even than before I cannot begin to express how comfy and cozy I feel spending time in Murderbot s head, so I m so glad I had this book in my arsenal as a comfort read after the tornados in my neighborhood this week Murderbot is the killer humanoid that I love cheering for, and this first full length novel gave me plenty of opportunities to root for them in crazy situations ART is back and the interplay between Murderbot, ART, and a new character, Amena Dr Mensah s daughter , totally melted my heart These books make me laugh out loud, and NETWORK EFFECT had a ton of one liners or wry observations that had me cracking up like a crazy person on my couch.The only part of this that didn t fully work for me was the pacing I m not sure the full magic of the novellas translated into the novel length in terms of how the plot unfolded, and therefore I do think there were moments that dragged a bit in that quarter That said, this is definitely my second favorite entry in the series so far right behind ALL SYSTEMS RED , and for those of you who have been waiting for this next installment, I really don t think you ll be disappointed A great time, and now I just have to wait yet again for even Murderbot to bless my life. While I wait for this book release, I ll be watching Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon. Update 1 29 2020 I loved it Can I have some Arrrr I was denied a copy of network effect on Edelweiss Why oh why I be devastated I neeed Murderbot I LOVE MURDERBOT I be so sad that I want to toss meself overboard But then I would never get Murderbot May 5, 2020 cannot come soon enough Arrrrr I am how do you say shook The 5 I love a Murderbot Stars continue Wells does not disappoint in this latest installment in the Murderbot Diaries Dare I say she took everything we love about the novellas and kicked it up to 1000 I love, love, loved it Full review to come closer to release dateThank you to the publisher for sending me an early copy in exchange for a honest review.The book gods publisher gods have blessed me with an arc Ahhh Can t wait to dive in. Vastly overpriced, insanely overpriced, obscenely overpriced series I loved the first book, but refuse to be robbed for the others, especially with mediocre reviews Ms Wells and or her publishers should calm down and realise that fair pricing will make her money in the long run.