Monday 27 July 2020

Discussion: All systems red

Hello all! Carole and I will be discussing "All Systems Red" by Martha Wells.I am in red and Carole in purple.

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)Author: Martha Wells
Title: All Systems Red
(The Murderbot Diaries #1)
Genre: SciFi, Novella
Published:  May 2nd 2017 
Format: ebook
Pages: 114

Summary: 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.

I have heard so much about this series, so I was really curious to start. And a novella was just what I needed.

Same! I think we needed a nice novella. I know I did for sure. 

Yes, I just haven’t had time to read. I was in a sort of time funk. And novellas are good when they actually work. Which I felt this one did

So odd! I’ve been in a small funk too for July. Not sure why. But yes - I needed this. It was fun and short. 

Weid, last week I finally got something done cos I had to do something else at work which left me mostly alone for 8 hours. I was all finally, audio time! And reading time ;)

BF went to Alabama again for work this weekend (starting Thursday) so I’ve been binging a little bit. LOL So maybe I found my rhythm again thanks to this novella ;) 

Might have been the case for me too, since reading it I finished another book, print! I finished 2 audios. I was all YES. Omg but yes let’s talk about the novella too, ooops. So right, what did you think

Hey! This needed our call-out of helping us get outta our funks! But I liked it. I didn’t LOVE it like I wanted to, but I liked it a lot. It was fun and different. 

Same. I liked it, I did not love it as I wanted to. But it was so different, and exactly what I needed to get my groove on.

I did catch myself chuckling here and there. Was it supposed to have elements of comedy? That bot was funny. 

I assume so? I was thinking it would be like action thriller omg robots will kill us all, and then we met Murderbot. Ha, she was great.

So maybe the comedy was used like how they do in the movies. It gives a relief from all the action and thriller bits? But yes, I loved her. She was fun. 

Really well done in that aspect. It needed the relief, else it would have been really dry. It worked well as a novella too. It was a look into her life. And I do want to read more. What next?

Agreed! I think it would’ve been boring without the bot and her antics. I do want to read the next one. I’m curious if we get to see more of her? Or will we see another bot?

I haven’t actually read a blurb for the next, I hope it is her! I want to know what is going on in this world and with her.

Same. I haven’t really read about the next one. We’ll have to check, because if it is I think we should read that! I want to learn more about her and see what she is up to next. She really was the shining star of the story. I barely remember the other characters. 

Other characters? Ha, but yes she was the shining star. I am looking up the next one now, waaaait,...omg she goes back to that mine she was talking about. Where shit went down.

OOOOOOOOOOO snap. We’ll HAVE to read book 2 D: 

Book 2 in August?

I vote yes on that! I wanna read more!! One negative with shorter books….I always want more lol. 

True.But I am still really glad this was short. I needed that, and hey we have like 4 more so ;)

True true. LOL. But I liked her a lot. I’m glad there are more books. I am curious to see what happens/happened at that mine. It’s bound to be good. 

I am so glad we have a plan and that that plan is short! I really need to read more novellas like this. I was unsure about them when TOR started with them, but they obvi picked good ones.

Agreed!! Plus there is a lot of story left with our bot!! 

Yes! Ok, so yes I would recommend this. The kind of sci-fi I can work with

Yep! I’m not crazy about SciFi (I read like 5 a year I swear) and I really enjoyed this. It was done well.

The end?

The end! ‘Til next time! 

About the Authors
Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging for a long while now. The last few years the epic duo has been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.


  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing :) I love the discussion format, really good fun.

  2. enjoyed the conversation ladies
    my friend Sophia Rose loves this series

  3. Stepping
    Thanks! It is our once a month thing

    Many seem to do

  4. Thanks for sharing, I love Murderbot, he just wants to be left alone!

    1. Poor murderbot! All he wants are his shows

  5. I felt the same way about this one. It's a super enjoyable, quick read when you need something to get you out of a reading funk.

    I'm a little afraid of the full length novel she just put out. The novella length is what works for me because I'm not a huge sci-fi reader.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Oh, I have missed that. I have to take a look.

      TI like in small doses too

  6. Woot! I love Murderbot!

  7. Great discussion! Isn't it the most fun to share a good book with a good friend?

  8. Yay! I'm so glad you tried this one. Absolutely meant to be funny. Murderbot cracks jokes to itself all through this series. Can't wait for you guys to get far enough to meet Art.
    Glad you're both out of your funks.

    1. Oh yes I saw that you meet Art in book 2?! :D



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