Home (The Murderbot Diaries #4.5) by Martha Wells


“Knowing what would happen, she wouldn’t choose a different planet, a different bond company. Because then SecUnit would still be someone’s property, would be waiting for the contract where the negligence or greed or indifference of its clients got it killed.

This short story directly follows the events in Exit Strategy and is told from the point of view of Dr. Mensah, who is still recovering from the events of that novella.”

-Synopsis from StoryGraph


Cover image from StoryGraph

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this short story. The first four books in the series have all been under a comfortable two hundred pages, and this is a fraction of that length.

I should have known Martha Wells would continue to be a genius at telling Murderbot, and by extension Dr. Mensah’s, story. I actually really enjoyed this. It’s told solely from Dr. Mensah’s point of view immediately after the events of book four.

In barely twenty pages Dr. Mensah is humanized and the reader is let into her conflicted thoughts about her dislike, and recognition of the importance of, dealing with emotions. This is something she has in common with Murderbot which is why they have always gotten along so well. Of course, once things started getting good, it was over. That’s how you know it was a good short story.

This made me even more excited to read book five, the first full length novel of the series. Shoutout to my library for even having a less-than-twenty-page ebook available as well!

2 thoughts on “Home (The Murderbot Diaries #4.5) by Martha Wells

  1. It sounds like this short story was a great addition to the Murderbot series and provided some insight into the thoughts and feelings of one of the main characters, Dr. Mensah. It’s always interesting to see a story from a different point of view, and it’s great to hear that this one was well-written and provided an enjoyable reading experience. It’s definitely exciting to hear that you’re looking forward to the next full-length novel in the series as well!

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