Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the perfect ending to the original Murderbot novella quartet. All the threads from the previous three books finally line up in a way that sets Murderbot up for its debut novel. Murderbot takes everything its learned and developed in order to solve the biggest problem its had yet.
The first couple novellas could have been picked up as standalones, but this one really only truly makes sense as the finale, so don’t bother picking up unless you read the first three.
By the way, Tor.com puts out a short fiction collection (I think they’re also freely available individually) periodically and there’s a Murderbot 4.5 story in the April 2021 edition. The story is called Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory.
Not much else to say since this is the finale and almost entirely made of climax. The last thing I can say in its favor is that I couldn’t put it down for 1.5 hours straight and only stopped because there were 10 people depending on me to cook dinner that night.
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