Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) – Martha Wells

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 159
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Check out my reviews of the previous novellas: All Systems Red and Artificial Condition

SciFi’s favorite antisocial A.I. is again on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah’s SecUnit is.


And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

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Rogue Protocol is the third novella is The Murderbot Diaries series. I wouldn’t say I struggled with the previous two novellas, but I didn’t enjoy them as much as everyone else. This trend continued with Rogue Protocol.

There’s something about these novellas that I have a hard time connecting with. Whether it be the Murderbot itself, the writing, or story. I’m a fairly anxious and socially avoidant person myself, so I thought I’d love Muderbot and these stories. Perhaps it’s Murderbot’s inner monologue. I often found myself skimming the pages.

Though Rogue Protocol felt like a repeat of the first novella, I enjoyed Miki and the other characters. The best parts of this series of novellas is whenever Murderbot has to interact with other robots or humans.

Overall, I enjoyed Rogue Protocol for the most part. I’m not so sure I would have been able to finish it if it was a full length novel. On to the next… eventually.

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Have you read Rogue Protocol? What did you think?

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