Activation Degradation by Marina J. Lostetter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think the comparison to the Murderbot series is pretty on target. I should also mention that this is trying to capitalize on the sense of crew and comradeship. Think of Becky Chambers crossed with Martha Wells, and you'll have a decent idea. Expect talk about pronouns.
If you're looking for a new novel that has both feels interwoven in a new lite-space-opera, then I do recommend this.
I should mention that I did find a lot more creativity and originality in Lostetter's other trilogy. Indeed, I thought those wiped the floor when it came to regular SF. But this one? It had a limited scope and a specifically different goal. I kinda wish she had kept in that vein, but this one was servicable.
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