I read this as a stand-alone, not having read the first 4 Murderbot novellas. Maybe if I’d read them, I would have given it 5 stars instead of 4, because I was a little confused from time to time.
I love SecUnit Murderbot and the transport AI ART and their quirky “relationship,” full of the dreaded “emotions.” Lots of humor there. Murderbot attempting to learn to be a person while despising humans always gave me a laugh.
Martha Wells writes very well, but her use of parentheses drove me crazy until after a few chapters I learned to ignore them.
Great read. Maybe I’ll read Murderbot 1 through 4 (and then 6?).