Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity, #1)

By Justina Robson

Rating: 4 stars

I decided to get this after seeing Ms Robson at EasterCon in Glasgow a couple of years ago and deciding that she sounded cool. It’s 2021, 6 years after an accident in a particle accelerator broke down walls between dimensions (the “quantum bomb”), letting elves, demons and magic into our world. Our heroine, Lila Black, is a young special agent who was almost killed on a diplomatic mission to the Elf lands and has been rebuilt better, stronger, faster than before. She now works for the National Security Agency and her current assignment is to protect the world’s first Elven rock star.

I think I probably fell in love with this book when we were told that Agent Black has a mini nuclear fusion reactor powering her :-D. This lady has enough weaponry in her rebuilt body to take on a small army, an AI backing her up and rockets in her legs to let her fly! In saying that, although we are told fairly often how much weaponry that Lila packs, thinking back over the book, I don’t think that she fired a single shot in anger, which is a nice way of indicating how resourceful that Lila is.

A great fun book with some intriguing politics between Elves, Demons and humans, although I’d love to find out more about how human society has changed since the quantum bomb. Despite hearing that future books in the series aren’t as good, I’ll probably still pick them up.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575079076
Publisher: Gollancz
Year of publication: 2006

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