All Systems Red - Martha Wells

All Systems Red

By Martha Wells

  • Release Date: 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Adventure
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,463 Ratings)

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Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 Locus Award
One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

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.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


  • Um no

    By Sencilla
    Read the whole thing. Wish I hadn’t. Cannot see why this won any award.
  • Musing on the human condition

    By Rae Howard
    Lovely, enchanting, hilarious, gutting, I love Murderbot. This story has so much heart! I cried more times reading this novella than most full-length books. More than worth the read!
  • Compelling

    By Glonster
    I couldn’t stop reading once I’d started! Excellent plot with very interesting first person narrative by a construct (part human, part machine). An overall excellent sci-fi tale.
  • Awesome series!

    By free2bealways
    I enjoyed reading this. It reads like a stream of consciousness because it kind of is. The beginning was difficult to read because there was a lot of run-ons compounding new vocab. However, the book kept my attention from start to finish and was a quick read. I like the main character, even if I didn’t always understand him. My biggest complaint is the ending felt rushed. This is a novel crammed into novella size. The lead up to the climax had more tension than the actual climax so the payoff fell short for me. That part was rushed too. My favorite part is the character and his voice. Murderbot is sarcastic and I love it. 😊 Hilarious in many places.
  • Thriller and a page turner

    By QueA
    Great read! Recommend reading this amazing book, and can’t wait to see how Murder bot continues to evolve.
  • Too little content for the price

    By Eyescratcher
    This is definitely not a book, it’s an over priced Clickbait short story. To put it in better terms if you were to make each book in the series a single chapter you would have a 77+ dollar book with less pages than Brandon Sanderson‘s last novel. The writing is fair and the characters are entertaining just way over priced for the amount of content
  • Exceeds expectations,

    By Jphil6672
    both in quality and price per page. Look, I get it, we’re all looking to unburden ourselves of the tedium of this existence. What better way than to download some media! It is in fact our hero’s favorite activity. Ironic. Relatable! But while I’ve downloaded my share of 10+ hour listens/reads/watches, I recognize that trite drivel is just that. This is poignant clean writing. It’s short, but it’s oh so sweet. The kind of story that stays with you, and is worth getting your hands on. Whether that means going to the local library or paying 11 bucks, it’s worth it. If you’ve read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”; this book left me feeling much the same way
  • Don’t read this

    By Le krazy joe
    This book is dog water.
  • All Systems Red

    By Godfrey Norton
    I liked it, I liked it a lot.
  • Murderbot Series!

    By pinhead737
    Excellent, perhaps… amusing, for sure! Cyborg with PTSD! Ironic internal dialogue made me laugh and continue to download electronic books of shorter and shorter length, for same money! Yet I found myself willing… likely I’ve more money than brains!