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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Twenty

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you’ve been having a great week so far, and that you are continuing to remain healthy.

I am very excited to report that I am officially considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19! While I’m not planning to make any significant changes to my current stay-at-home lifestyle, and I’m continuing to wear a mask in public and social distance, it’s really nice to know that I have the added protection of the vaccine when I do have to go out.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells.

A book that’s published in 2021…

While Fugitive Telemetry is the sixth book that has been published in The Murderbot Diaries series, it actually takes place between the events of Exit Strategy and Network Effect (books four and five).

When a murdered human is found in Preservation Station’s mall, Murderbot finds itself having to work with Station Security to uncover the identity of the victim and discover why he was killed.

Cooperating with Station Security isn’t an ideal situation, however, and not just because Murderbot doesn’t enjoy interacting with humans…

From the first moment they met, the head of Station Security, Senior Officer Indah, has made it clear that she doesn’t approve of having a rogue SecUnit on the station. She’s even tried to convince Murderbot’s employer to send the SecUnit to an isolated location on a nearby planet, which is not exactly a good basis for a working relationship.

Despite Senior Indah’s “We’ll call you if we need you” attitude, Murderbot decides to continue its investigation of the dead human on its own (Wells 25). It’s a good thing it does, because Station Security will definitely need the SecUnit’s help to make sure that the murderer is found and brought to justice.

I absolutely loved Fugitive Telemetry, and really enjoyed having the opportunity to dive back into the Murderbot universe! In fact, even though it’s still fairly early in the year, I feel confident in saying that Fugitive Telemetry is my favorite new release of 2021.

The novella is a very fast-paced read, with several surprising twists and turns. It’s also a great blend of the science fiction and mystery genres. It was a lot of fun to see Murderbot tackle a murder mystery, especially since the SecUnit admits (to itself at least) that its knowledge of solving murders is mostly theoretical, and comes from “thousands of hours of category mystery media” (11).

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I ended up reading Fugitive Telemetry in a single sitting, because I just could not put it down.

Whether you are a fan of Martha Wells and Murderbot, or just enjoy great science fiction, I highly recommend reading Fugitive Telemetry and the rest of The Murderbot Diaries series. If you haven’t read the rest of the series, you’ll definitely want to make sure that you start from the beginning with All Systems Red. The series includes the following books:

You might also be interested to learn that the Tordotcom publishing company has recently acquired some new Martha Wells books. According to an article published on their website at the end of April, the books that they acquired include three new books in The Murderbot Diaries series (along with three additional titles not related to Murderbot). I’m already looking forward to reading them!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, May 22nd. In the meantime, I hope you will join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm throughout the week for new book reviews.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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