Hammered (Mass Market Paperback) by Elizabeth Bear

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List Price: £6.99

Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages.

Published: 28 December 2004 by Spectra Books

ISBN: 0553587501

EAN: 9780553587500

Review by Anne

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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.

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