Review Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) – Martha Wells

No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!


I read the first book in this series physically and really enjoyed it. Then I moved on to the audiobooks (because they were on Scribd), but they didn’t really do it for me. For which I blamed the narrator. So when I saw this sixth book on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to get back to a ‘physical’ read.

And now I am starting to think it wasn’t the audiobook’s fault that I was enjoying the books a lot less than everyone else seems to do. Maybe this series just isn’t for me.

And I don’t know why… because it really was a good book. The sarcasm of Murderbot make them a great character to read from. This book revolves round a murder mystery, which is right up my alley. The atmosphere was great, the writing spot on, the pacing perfect to make the plot work in the limted amount of pages. And yet it just didn’t grab me…

I constantly found my mind wondering. Every 10 minutes I would put the book down again, and when I ‘forced’ myself to keep going I just ended up not knowing what I had read. It took me 2 full days off work to get through the last 3 hours of the book.

I wish I could love these books as much as others do. But it just isn’t a series for me. If you did enjoy the previous books though, you will love this one just as much!

9 thoughts on “Review Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) – Martha Wells

  1. You’re not the only one for whom this series is beginning to pale. Several people I follow have put out recent reviews for Murderbot and it just seems that the idea is being stretched too thin and that Wells isn’t a good enough author to handle it.

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    1. Thats good to know. Im also starting to think the genre isnt really for me though. Like I can really enjoy scifi movies and comics, but (audio)books will just not work for me… especially when we are in the head of a robot. I need to see it to ‘connect’ with it I guess.
      Maybe it is a bit of both 🙆🏼‍♀️

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  2. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this as much as you’d hoped! I loved it though, but then I adore sci-fi and the mystery angle was just the icing on the cake. One of my favorite subgenres is a crime noir in space, and I thought Detective Murderbot was a nice change 🙂

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    1. I’m so happy that you did enjoy it. This sounds right up your alley. Im starting to think that tho I can enjoy scifi, I need the visual aspect of a comic or movie for it to work for me. Especially when we follow a robot. This was yet another addition of scifi books I struggled concentrating on. I can definitely see it is a great book though.


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