System Collapse (The Murderbot Diaries #7), by Martha Wells

System Collapse by Martha Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was so looking forward to reading this and I really wanted to love it… I didn’t, though, since I was dropped right into the middle of the action – of the aftermath of “Network Effect”, an earlier novel in the series, which I don’t remember at all.

I felt confused for a long time because there were lots of references to the earlier book that I simply didn’t get. I finally got somewhat into the flimsy excuse for a story at around the half-way mark – and still felt let down by Murderbot’s anti-climatic “redacted” event and a story that felt like an “extension”, an add-on.

System Collapse” should have been published as part of “Network Effect” because as it is, it’s just like Wells recovered the “missing chapters”.

Yes, I knew part of that before even starting to read this one but I don’t re-read and an author should make an effort to get me up to speed.

Three out of five stars – and even those feel slightly generous. Meh.

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