Elizabeth Bear's near-future trilogy continues with the stakes raised even higher. The world is ending, and Jenny Casey has been picked as the person to save mankind. She was not born for this mission. She was modified for it.
Jenny Casey was not born for this mission. She was modified for it.
The year is 2062, and after years on the run, Jenny Casey is back in the Canadian armed forces. Those who were once her enemies are now her allies, and at fifty, she's been handpicked for the most important mission of her life - a mission for which her artificially reconstructed body is perfectly suited. With the earth capable of sustaining life for just another century, Jenny - as pilot of the starship Montreal - must discover brave new worlds. And with time running out, she must succeed where others have failed.
Now Jenny is caught in a desperate battle where old resentments become bitter betrayals and justice takes the cruelest forms of vengeance. With the help of a brilliant AI, an ex-crime lord, and the man she loves, Jenny may just get her chance to save the world. If it doesn't come to an end first . . .
A remarkable SF writer who's leaving many of her contemporaries in the dust - SFReviews
What Bear has done in Hammered is create a world that is all too plausible . . . an unnerving peek into a future humankind would be wise to avoid - SciFi.com on Hammered
A gritty and painstakingly well-informed peek inside a future we'd all better hope we don't get - Richard Morgan, author of Altered Carbon, on Hammered
Elizabeth Bear received the Campbell Award as Best New Writer in 2005 and has since won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a selection of which was published as The Chains That You Refuse (2006). She has been immensely prolific since her debut. Her first novel, Hammered (2005), which began the Jenny Casey trilogy set in a post-catastrophe North America, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.