REVIEW: Rogue Protocol (Murderbot Diaries 3)

It is recommended that reading the previous two Murderbot Diaries reviews and/or books before reading this latest review.

The third Murderbot book marks the end of the second act of this arc of Murderbot’s life as it travels to the outskirts of society where an abandoned facility that was under the control of GrayCris needs to be investigated. The lawsuit back in the Corporate Rim is gaining steam and this facility hopefully holds the remaining information PreservationAux needs to put away this terrible corporation.

This one read a little bit more like what I was initially expecting out of this series (as I’ve said many times, I often go into books mostly blind to avoid unfair expectations). It was really a deep-space thriller as Murderbot needs to – once again – help some humans around this GrayCris facility while they’re being attack by who-knows-what that was left behind in the abandonment. Although the point of the book is for Murderbot to collect data that’s needed, and this does come across.

I was less taken by the new characters than I was in the second book. I didn’t particularly care for the humans, and while Miki was sweet enough, it wasn’t enough of a character for me to connect with. I was honestly much more interested in Murderbot’s reaction to it than any of their interactions.

While this wasn’t my favourite of the books, it was still phenomenal and the psychology behind how robots are treated by everyone individually is really interesting – and that was a strong point of this part of the story. I can’t wait to read the final book but am also putting it off so I don’t have so long to wait until 2020 when we’re supposed to get book five.