The second book in the Jenny Casey Trilogy, Scaredown left the world on the brink of war just as the aliens arrived. World ecology is in scrambles after centuries of misuse and the PanChinese dropped a meteorite on Montreal, center of the Commonwealth since England sunk under the sea, causing further damage to an already fragile system. The world face a few years of darkness and cold before global warming kicks in with a vengeance. As a last resort Casey and company crashes one of the starships into the sea infecting the world with hacked alien nanites under the command of Richard, the AI.
Elizabet Bear has an annoying habit of building up to a decisive point and then spending twenty pages talking about other stuff until you get any resolution. Otherwise it is good. It’s all good, it’s just frustrating sometimes. I think she does it just to tease us readers.
Wordwired is the final book in the Jenny Casey Trilogy,but I hope she will write more books in this universe and the people in it. The contact team try to establish communication with the birdcage aliens and the shiptree aliens. Elizabeth has made up some really original aliens, I haven’t heard anything like the birdcage people before.
The AI’s Richard and his alter ego Andre try to save the planet from catastrophe while the sleazy political intrigue continues unabated. PanChina is responsible for the meteor hit on Canada and the Commonwealth want them to pay. At the same time both countries are suffering from internal political conflicts. The Unitek corporation play commonwealth against PanChina and uses the opposition in both countries to help. Unitek wants control of the alien nanotechnology.
Exellent series. Pity it’s over. Hmm, I need more books.