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Worldwired (Jenny Casey #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  750 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Give Canada's Master Warrant Officer Jenny Casey an inch and she'll take a galaxy. That's just the kind of person a world on the brink of destruction needs. The year is 2063, and Earth has been brutalized. An asteroid flung at Toronto by the PanChinese government has killed tens of millions and left the equivalent of a nuclear explosion in its wake. Humanity must find anot ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2005)
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Megan Baxter
Sep 23, 2011 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it
So we come full circle, back around the book in this series I read first, which closes it off again. A neat little loop. I am glad to have gone through them all in order now, although I remember enjoying this very much the first time I read it, even without the context.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Tamora Pierce
Jan 25, 2012 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, adult
The world is reeling from the arrival of the Benefactors, the aliens whose nano-devices are reconstructing the world's ecology as well as fueling the AIs that are running its starships and counseling the Canadian government. This book is too widespread for me to say anything more--Jenny and her prime minister have to come before the UN to testify as to China's involvement in the attack that destroyed Toronto, left millions dead in Canada and the U.S., and landed a big chunk of iron-rich rock in ...more
Jan 31, 2015 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This was the last of the Jenny Casey series and I enjoyed it! I was glad that none of the primary characters died in this one, after we lost so many of the good guys in the first two books of the series.

Jenny Casey is once again a Master Sargeant in the Canadian/Commonwealth military service and pilot of the Montreal - a starship powered by technology gleaned from two starships left near Mars by two different alien species. When Book II ended, we were on the brink of war between China and Canad
Eduard Antipa
Mar 05, 2017 Eduard Antipa rated it really liked it
4 stars for the series overall.
Not a bad sci-fi, and written from a different pov from the usual fare
Dec 30, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I really liked this series. It took me a little while to get used to the author's writing style but by the end of the series I really appreciated some of the metaphorical bits and various quips between some of the characters. And what an interesting group of characters they were from start to end. I can't think of one clichéd character in the entire series and the interaction between them made me laugh and made me shed a few tears as well. There is a lot of interesting dialogue stuffed between a ...more
Liam Proven
Sep 30, 2013 Liam Proven rated it really liked it
Finally finished book 3 - too many other calls on my time, sadly.

Very impressed. It does show in places that this was a first-published-work trilogy, but it's deft and confident for all that. Book 1 felt a bit too schizophrenic, trying too hard; book 2 drops a redundant plot strand and pulls it together; book 3 feels noticeably more confident. Overall, though, very confident and assured maiden effort. It brings together a dystopian near-future, first contact, BDOs, interesting AI speculation, na
Feb 13, 2011 Victoria rated it really liked it
Recommended to Victoria by: Siri
There was something about these books that kept me from ever getting really hooked... maybe that they forced me to think as I was reading them, and that felt a bit too much like work! But they were terrifically enjoyable whenever I had the book in my hand, and I would definitely recommend the trilogy to SFF fans with an interest in something just a bit different. Great characters, interesting and utterly non-humanoid aliens, frightening action and tech. Torontonians may especially get a kick out ...more
Jonathan Lupa
Jan 21, 2013 Jonathan Lupa rated it really liked it
In retrospect, I very much enjoyed this series, and look forward to exploring the rest of Elizabeth Bears bibliography. She has a knack for developing enjoyable characters, and spinning a generally good narrative.

Having a small mancrush on Dr. Richard Feynman will get you far in this series as well.

Were I to pick nits, I'd talk about how disused characters get the meat-grinder ending fairly casually, or about how sometimes some things happen which aren't very plausible (I'll just leave that stat
May 09, 2009 Candace rated it really liked it
I loved this entire series. Great characters, I almost immediately liked and was rooting for Jenny Casey. The entire AI personality of Richard was great. Some sad and poignant moments. I can't say I'm a huge sci-fi fan but this was more of a drama with a sci-fi setting. Some of the political maneuvering was confusing to me but it didn't detract or distract me from the overall story much so I just ignored those brief bits. May have been that I just didn't retain parts from the earlier two novels ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Lorena rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
While this was a satisfying ending to the series, it wasn't my favorite book of the three. I think that may be because a handful of characters were killed off and new characters brought in, and the new characters were so similar in thought and speech patterns to each other that I kept confusing who was who towards the end (as far as the three male scientists and the two female politicians). But don't let that deter you, because overall the three books were very enjoyable (as evidenced by my read ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
Since China threw an asteroid at Toronto, cyborg pilot Jenny Casey has had her hands full trying to keep WWIV from erupting. She’s not the only one with a busy schedule; her AI friend Richard is using a worldwide nanite infestation to try to ameliorate the climatic effects of the Chinese attack, and an assortment of brilliant scientists are scrambling to establish contact with the various aliens loitering in orbit. A fittingly jam-packed conclusion to a frenetic trilogy, but mercifully much of t ...more
Krista McCracken
Aug 23, 2016 Krista McCracken rated it really liked it
Not good end to very unique and Canadian content filled SFF series. My only complaint was that I began to feel as though certain aspects of Jenny Casey's personality, namely her Indigenous roots were being repeatedly presented in a stereotypical or superficial way. I loved the fact that Casey was an older, Indigenous women and was the main character. But I felt as though it could have been presented in a fuller way other than just referencing her attachment to her eagle feather as point of stren ...more
3.5 stars

still doesn't quite live up to the awesomeness of the first one, but this story of first contact and AIs and nanotech ends quite solidly. two wildly different alien ships arrive above the air of a war-torn and climate-damaged earth, and neither the alien tech nor the complex geopolitical tension stories play a 2nd fiddle to the other. it's a much richer story than your standard adventure or military SF, with nuanced characters rather than clear cut good vs evil.
May 16, 2013 S rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Mentioned a number times, great chunks of French text. I don't speak French, so I had to go online and get a translation many times, which really broke the flow of the novel as I was reading. Have to ask, when the book was translated to French, were the French bits changed to English or German or whatever?
Michael Christopher
Jul 26, 2011 Michael Christopher rated it it was amazing
Corporate treason, international espionage and contact with space-faring races unfurls before readers as they watch from the perspectives of some of the most well-written characters in fiction. Personalities, motivations and philosophical discussions are rendered in brilliant detail by Bear's hand as she brings her début trilogy to a thrilling, satisfying close.
Feb 11, 2015 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fab-15
And the fun continues! This kept me glued to it all along. It’s simply a great story! Interesting the way she weaves in diversity so casually and yet so meaningfully, the little snips of various folk cultures were not just window-dressing. I also enjoyed the fact that each book in this trilogy had a different “flavor” to it. This whole series is worth a re-read in a few years!
Jan 14, 2013 Joy rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in the ending of this tale. Aliens appear but their story goes no where with major mistakes made by the supposed scientists who engage the aliens,(remember small pox and the Native Americans? They apparently never heard that story.) Action only in the last 60 pages and that's all human politics.
Aug 23, 2012 G33z3r rated it really liked it
"WorldWired" provides a slam-bang conclusion to the trilogy that began with "Hammered" and continued with "Scardown". Elizabeth Bear manages to combine cyberpunk, first-contact, politics and action into a single, highly-integrated story. The last two hundred pages I couldn't put it down.
Jul 20, 2010 JoyfulK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-recommended
Riveting, cutting-edge SF with interesting characters & relationships. I came into this novel without reading the two prior in the trilogy, but was able to come up to speed quickly. Bear weaves exposition for the uninitiated seamlessly into action.
Meredith O'rourke
Oct 10, 2016 Meredith O'rourke rated it it was amazing
I have book depression now. I can't belive this world is over! How can I move on when my brain is still with Jenny?

The only answer I guess is to go see what else Elizabeth Bear has written.

Delicious series! Thank you!
Kristin Lundgren
Feb 19, 2008 Kristin Lundgren rated it it was amazing
The last of the Jenny Casey trilogy, it is a wonderful glimpse into a different near-future Earth, one where China and Canada are the super powers.
Sep 23, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
A good ending for this series, I would recommend the series to a friend.
George Harris
Jul 18, 2015 George Harris rated it really liked it
Finale of the trilogy, with ecological disaster, alien first contact, high-stakes action, all sorts of stuff. A good fun read.
Oct 30, 2008 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Good ending to the trilogy - she wrapped the story up appropriately. Neat aliens ideas.
Jun 14, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing
Yes, yes, yes. LOVED this series.
Nov 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: favoriteauthors
A satisfying conclusion to the series. Bear has a fascinating way of describing the interplay between human and machine. This whole series is an amazing projection of where humans might be headed.
Michael Schulz
Mar 19, 2016 Michael Schulz rated it really liked it
Shelves: cyberpunk
Very good ending to the series.
This series ground to an awfully slow conclusion for a book with nanobot enhanced cyborgs, Artificial Intelligence, alien contact and emerging faster than light travel.
Lynn Calvin
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Jul 23, 2015 Lushr rated it really liked it
Really surprising and original sci fi, so many elements to it, but things I will remember forever. Particularly the so very different aliens and their relationship.
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