Sunday, November 1, 2009
Review: Keeping It Real
This is the first book in the Quantum Gravity series by Justina Robson.
The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe's different dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elven, elemental and demonic realms. Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology.
Elves are exotic, erotic, dangerous and really bored with the constant Lord of the Rings references. Elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left well to themselves.
Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty but now she's not so sure. Her body is now more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery. A machine she's barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation. As for her heart ...well ever since being drawn into a Game by the elven rockstar she's been assigned to protect, she's not even sure she can trust that anymore either.
This book was another case of the book blurb promising more than the book delivered.
Lila Black is awesome. She is a cyborg - a butt kicking cyborg. But we don't get much of that in Keeping it Real. What we get is a lot of elven politics and a little hooey about the elven world being unstable.
Honestly by the time I finished the book I had no idea what I had read - it just didn't stick with me.
I see a lot of potential in Lila and would like to know more about her and how she is dealing with her cyborg half. If I happen across the rest of the books in this series I will read them - but they are not on my 'must have' list.
I give Keeping it Real 3 out of 5 stars.