Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells


“Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So it’s 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 murder is transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah – it’s former owner (protector? Friend?) – submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in it’s 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?”

-Synopsis from inside front cover


Cover image from StoryGraph

Exit Strategy is book four in The Murderbot Diaries and the last one that remains a novella. The first four books in this series have all been under 200 pages and still managed to pack quite a punch.

This one is no exception. Everything that happened to Murderbot in the last three books has culminated here with Murderbot being lured to a station where one of his favorite humans is rumored to be. Murderbot knows instantly that something is up when it arrives, and it turns out that Dr. Mensah may not be there by her own will. There is a lot of sleuthing, both of the poorly done variety by the humans, and the perfectly executed by Murderbot. There are also humorous moments in which Murderbot pretends to blend in with the humans, which have become some of my favorite passages to look forward to in this series.

Exit Strategy wraps up the first four books nicely. There is one short story next, then the series turns into full length novels. I can’t wait to dive into them next year.

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