Artificial Condition

The Murderbot Diaries , #2

eBook, 149 pages

English language

Published May 8, 2018 by Tordotcom.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot". But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks...

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reviewed Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

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3 stars

Another quick read in which we learn about Murderbot's backstory, get to see it defend new friends (and also call them idiots), and just be a general badass. ART is also lovely, it's quippy dialogue and reaction to Murderbot's downloaded media really solidified how much I like the character.

The plot in this book was a bit less strong than the last one, there's more talking and the action is towards the end. However, with the introduction of such interesting new characters and the evolution of the mystery of Ganaka Pit it's definitely worth the read.

3/5, I suggest this for readers who enjoy casual lgbtq rep, lots of sarcasm, and another book in what has quickly become my bite-size guilty pleasure sci-fi series.


  • Fiction, thrillers, suspense