Intriguing SF story, winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella. The point-of-view character is a security android (combination of machine and human) who internally names himself “Murderbot.” Previously someone altered his programming and he killed a large number of humans. When he was being reprogrammed in order to put him back to work as a SecUnit, he discovered he could secretly block the programming and become autonomous. He doesn’t really know what to do with a sense of self, so he goes along with his next assignment, a boring planetary survey team. When the survey team discovers that someone is trying to kill them, Murderbot has to reveal his independence in order to give them the chance to survive.
The plot in this first book in the series is pretty average but later books are actually more exciting. (In order: *Artificial Condition*, *Rogue Protocol*, and *Exit Strategy.*) The focus in book one is on the android’s growing internal conflicts with his previous programming and his desire for independence. Unfortunately, the only models he has for human behavior and heroism are the cheaply-made space adventure videos he has been watching in his down time.