Selling Out (Quantum Gravity, #2)

By Justina Robson

Rating: 4 stars

The second in the Quantum Gravity sequence, six years after the Quantum Bomb has broken down the walls between realities, special agent Lila Black has returned from her first assignment to the Elven lands and is immediately sent to Hell, in more ways than one.

What I loved about the first book in this series, Keeping It Real, was the heroine. Lila is a wonderful character, and not just because she’s a one-woman nuclear-powered army. She’s a fully rounded person, trying to come to terms with the accident that almost killed her, with the fact that the people who rebuilt her aren’t perhaps as trustworthy as she thought and that she’s just started a civil war amongst the Elves. The title of this book refers to selling yourself out – not being true to yourself is what the demons here consider as “being in Hell” and Lila is certainly there, with no immediate way out. The fact that she’s also starting to question her AI and whether her body is actually under her control also does nothing to ease her state of mind.

In some ways, this book felt quite confused – there was a lot going on in it, and it was expanding the mythology of the series rapidly, but it has a strong heart. Even if Lila does seems sort of emo at times, she’s coping with what’s happening to her a hell of a lot better than I could. The growing cast is fun, and the Elven necromancer who ended up sharing her body at the tail end of the first book counterbalances Lila and helps ground her.

Because there are so many different plot strands in this one, I found it harder to keep track of what’s going on than in Keeping It Real, but I still enjoyed it immensely.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575078659
Year of publication: 2007

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