- Non Fiction
Hammered by Elizabeth Bear
List Price: £6.99
Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages.
Published: 28 December 2004 by Spectra Books
Once Jenny Casey was somebody s daughter. Once she was somebody s enemy. Now the former Canadian special forces warrior lives on the hellish streets of Hartford, Connecticut, in the year 2062. Racked with pain, hiding from the government she served, running with a crime lord so she can save a life or two, Jenny is a month shy of fifty, and her artificially reconstructed body has started to unravel. But she is far from forgotten. A government scientist needs the perfect subject for a high-stakes project and has Jenny in his sights. Suddenly Jenny Casey is a pawn in a furious battle, waged in the corridors of the Internet, on the streets of battered cities, and in the complex wirings of her half-man-made nervous system. And she needs to gain control of the game before a brave new future spins completely out of control.
Full of ideas with an excellent heroine
The author has chosen for her heroine a fifty year old woman who has had major surgery in the past but who now lives in permanent pain and who lives a life haunted by things which happened when she was in the military and after she was injured. Jenny isn't the obvious heroine as she lives a life in secrecy among the remnants of civilisation in the latter part of this century but she is a woman who grabs you immediately as you watch her desperate not to become reinvolved with people from her past but unable to resist the temptation to have her implants upgraded - but Jenny's adaptations to her implants and the way in which her body has adjusted are unique and that makes her valuable to others. The author has not just created a great main character in the embittered and secretive Jenny but she has also created a disturbing crumbling world where most of America has been wiped out and life in what remains of the urban landscape is tough.
I enjoyed reading this book and I thought that it was full of excellent ideas but it is the first in a series and not everything is explained in this volume. That meant that there were times that I didn't understand what was going on because the author had not yet given me the information I needed. I usually find this way of writing unhelpful and often boycott the rest of the series in a type of protest but I did find that there was enough here to keep me engaged and to make me want more.