My second book for October was Exit Strategy by Martha Wells. The book is the fourth in a series called The Murderbot Diaries. I read the first book--All Systems Red--and the second book--Artificial Condition--in April and third book--Rogue Protocol--in September.
Exit Strategy was nominated for several awards, including the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the 2019 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the 2019 Locus Award for Best Novella. It didn't win any of these awards.
Having stumbled upon damning evidence of GrayCris Corporation's illegal activities in the third book, Murderbot decides to share this information with Dr. Mensah, the scientist who believed in its potential for autonomy. Before Murderbot can complete its task, it learns that Dr. Mensah has been kidnapped by GrayCris, presumably in an attempt to silence her and bury the truth. Driven by a newfound sense of responsibility and a begrudging attachment to Dr. Mensah, Murderbot sets out to rescue her from the clutches of the corporation.
As I said after finishing the third book, Murderbot's ability to hack any and all systems to work its way out of any situation has gotten to be too much for me. I was going to read the Nebula and Hugo award winning fifth novel, but think that I will be done with the series after that...