Author: Joel Shepherd
Series: Cassandra Kresnov #2
Genre: Space opera, cyborgs.
Setting: The city of Tanusha.
Reason for Reading: I really enjoyed the first book, Crossover.
Finished In: Days.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A tattooed woman (well, cyborg) shooting a blaster. She has sunglasses on and looks like a badass.
First line: "'Look at the size of that,' Ayako breathed, gazing down at the seething mass of people along central Patterson."
Themes: Politics, belonging, ideology, computers, cyborgs, personal dynamics, GLBT.
Best part: What an amazing second book. :) It really feels like both Kresnov and Shepherd are growing up here.
Worst part: The transition between Kresnov's willful resistance to understanding what people want from her to just getting it and acting more human seemed a little too easy.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Just a Girl" by No Doubt. Cassandra is baffled by the societal constraints she is encountering.
Grade: B+. Good enough to read over and over.
Recommended for: Anyone who is curious about how humans and cyborgs interact won't want to miss it.
Related Reads: The first book, Crossover. Also, Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers.
The first book in this series was pretty much straight up mindless fun. "What if there was this really badass cyborg babe who liked sex and escaped from her keepers and saves the President's life?" sums up the plot fairly well. In this installment the badass cyborg babe grows up and starts having to deal with problems that can't be solved with explosives. Really, a great book. B+.