This review was first published by Booklist on May 29, 2018.
In Rogue Protocol, the third (after Artificial Condition, 2018) of Wells’ Murderbot Diaries, Murderbot is on a mission to find evidence to bring down the GrayCris Corporation for good. His journey takes him beyond the Corporate Rim to a derelict terraforming station that hides a secret. Once again, he must protect a human crew, and when his secret identity as a rogue SecUnit is threatened, he has to decide whom he can trust. As always, the story is fast-paced and action-packed, colored by Murderbot’s acerbic commentary throughout. Though the main character remains as appealing as ever, this entry in the series feels less substantial, less happens, the plot and secondary characters are less complex, and there’s more exposition filling the pages. It’s clear the primary purpose of this book is to set the stage for the next one. On its own merits, Rogue Protocol doesn’t quite live up to the first two books in the series, but readers will be thrumming with excitement for what comes next.
[AUTHOR’S NOTE: Reading through this now, I realize I used the incorrect pronoun for Murderbot throughout this review. I don’t know how I slipped up on it—I used the correct pronoun in both of my reviews for Artificial Condition and Exit Strategy. I regret the error but I also need to reproduce the review as it was published by Booklist.]