Fun, funny, touching. This is about Murderbot, although he's got organic parts, so he's not full bot. He comes from a world where bots are owned, although he's aware enough to know that he's not really happy with this concept.
He's hacked his government module, which forces him to act in certain ways, but not to actually murder anyone. For a bot who calls himself 'murderbot', he doesn't do much murdering. And despite everyone calling him 'it' and him being junkless, he reads male to me, which is probably one of the reasons I like him so much. I lean straight. So maybe I just want him to be male, so I'm imposing that on him, but it feels wrong to call Murderbot female, or use female pronouns.
He mostly sits around, wanting to watch TV. Except he has a job to do, and he does so half-heartedly, mostly because he hates people. Although I think it would be more accurate to say he's an introvert forced to interact with people too much, and the people he does usually interact with treat him like shit. So when his new job brings him into contact with people who are good and kind to him, he starts to like them.
This is a book about what he'll do to protect them, although there's a lot more to this than that: how do we treat our machinery, especially if they have emotions? Even self-awareness? Can you allow others to decide what you do? There are smaller questions nested inside this fuller story about Murderbot finding out who he is, and trying to be at peace with that given that it's everything he's been told he's not, or not supposed to be.
Murderbot is... interesting. Al little sarcastic, but mostly thoughtful although he tends to brush it off, pretend it's just a bit of humor or not important. And he's a quiet thoughtful that I like, so I ended up just falling head over heels for him. Looking forward to the sequels.