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Going Under (Quantum Gravity #3)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  978 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Lila Black is off with the faeries . . .
Ever since the Quantum Bomb of 2015 things have been different; the dimensions have fused and suddenly our world is accessible to elves, demons, ghosts and elementals—and their worlds are open to us. Things have been different for Special Agent Lila Black too: tortured and magic-scarred by elves, rebuilt by humans into a half-robot,
Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Pyr (first published September 1st 2008)
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Jason Pettus
Mar 25, 2009 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

So once again, it's time for me to pen a single essay concerning an entire series of genre books; because once again I'm tackling a combination of back-titles and a new title from our good friends at genre publisher Pyr, who earlier this year sent me an entire giant box full of cool-looking books mer
Mar 30, 2017 autumn marked it as dnf
dnf at 168 pages. these books are just so RIDICULOUSLY almost laughably complicated and there is some cool stuff, but they're just so hard to get through; i know if i try to keep at it i'll just end up in a slump
Barb in Maryland
Oct 10, 2008 Barb in Maryland rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
And I got part way into this book and I realized--I just don't care anymore.
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Quantum Gravity series by Justin Robson. There are supposed to be at least 5 books in this series. The fourth book "Chasing the Dragon" came out in August of 2009. This was a decent book, I liked it better than "Selling Out" book 2, but there are still some things that are a bit crazy about this book especially towards the end. I listened to this as an audio book and the quality was okay but not the best I have heard.

The book start with Lila Black in Demonia. Right
Paul  Perry
Justina Robson's Quantum Gravity series is a romp of an adventure with some depth to it. Following the 'Quantum Bomb' event, alternate worlds of Elves, Demons and Faeries are opened up to ours and humanity has to come to terms with this new reality. The central character is Lila Black, a former foreign office worker who, following a terrible accident, has been rebuilt s a kick-arse cyborg but is also increasingly effected by the magic (or aether) of the other worlds, to which humans are largely ...more
I'd say that the theme if this one is secrets, those everyone is keeping from each other and those they're keeping from themselves. It starts off somewhat lighter, with Lila just worried about telling Zal and Teazle that she's not happy in Demonia and that she wants to get back to Otopia and get to work. But a dangerous situation quickly spirals out of control, and when someone they love gets hurt, anger and regret leads to more secrets and blame. And Zal has secrets about what he's doing with h ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Raj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
The third in the Quantum Gravity series, this one starts nuclear-powered cyborg Lila Black married to an elf and a demon and enjoying a honeymoon in Daemonia. This starts to go sour as more and more demons try to duel Lila for her power and prestige in having married a scion of one of the most powerful families in the land. Although with her AI-assisted reflexes and battle-technology she is easily able to defeat these challengers, the senseless waste of it is getting to her, so it's a relief whe ...more
Michael Mcclelland
Aug 01, 2011 Michael Mcclelland rated it liked it
I only made it to this, the third book in the Quantum Gravity series, on the potential indicated by the preceding two. While the genre clash and multiverse setting were definite pulls, they were almost outweighed by the push of an uneven pace: alternatively dizzyingly breakneck through action sequences and achingly slow in getting to the grist of a series-spanning story arc.

Whether it's through the confidence gained in being well into what must now be a relatively successful (critically if not c
Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
Originally reviewed at For Your Literary Pleasure
Because my comments for the last three books in the series are similar I'm cheating and making them have one review - sue me. In all honesty, this series could have been shorter. There were many scenes that dragged on despite having one of the more intricate plots I've read in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. My drive to finish the series was pushed by my inability let characters go with no resolution - I NEEDED to know what happened to Lila, Zal and Teazle
Nev Percy
Justina Robson is on top form with this Lila Black series. Don't be put off by the genre-crossover 'pitch' of cyber-babe meets elves and fairies and magic and what-not -- it's really good stuff!

The writing is incredibly tight, and the various otherwordly goings-on are so well thought out I'm just jealous!

Going Under, specifically, is 'the faerie one' -- but these are truly timeless creatures rather than twee expressions of mediaeval whimsy, a point made real by their relating to the modern (just
Apr 05, 2009 CD rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I can't imagine where Robson will take us next. This third installment in the Quantum Gravity series is the best I think. She bring together Teazle and Lila in a totally unique way, explaining Teazle's background and motivation in such a way as to naturally include him in the mix. Zal and Lila continue to play out their game, and still pine for just a few minutes alone to see where the relationship is going. This book has the crew going into Faery and deep into a game played by the Oth ...more
Gemma Thomson
May 18, 2009 Gemma Thomson rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, cyberpunk, fantasy, own
Of the three books before Chasing the Dragon, number 4 in this series and as yet unread, I do prefer number two. Going Under suffers a little from that book's split between worlds, as Lila's time in Faery changes the theme and the nature of her peril quite considerably, making it feel like a miniature story unto itself. This is, of course, quite fitting for the series, but I have to fight my personal tastes in order to absorb that.

Just like the books before it, Going Under offers a sci-fi/fantas
Mar 09, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it
this is a great series so far.
it brings together multiple dimensions that are open for anyone to travel(demons, fairies, elves, elementals, ghosts, and others), and the world as we know it now is completely changed. the main character was tortured and magic-scarred by elves, rebuilt by humans into a half-robot, part-AI, nuclear-fueled walking arsenal, not to mention that she has the "spirit" of a dead elfin necromancer "living" in her chest. if you like science-fiction you'll love this series.
Larry Kenney
Jan 17, 2012 Larry Kenney rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Once again, I had fun reading this book. It struggles with some of the shortfalls of the earlier books in the series, such as a weak plot and and not having a lot of depth in the characters.

However, compared to the first two books, you finally get to see more sides to a few of the characters.

The main strength of this book, and this series in general, is the setting. Her richly imagined and unique take on the world of the Fey is reason enough alone to read this book.

Looking forward to reading the
Oct 10, 2008 Micheline rated it liked it
I really wish there was a 3 1/2 star rating, but there's not, and nobody reads these anyway, so I probably shouldn't fixate on it. Her previous two quantum gravity books involved the complicated and often sexual relationships between elves, fairies, cyborgs and demons having adventures throughout multiple universes. They were weird and completely groovy. Justina definitely took it one step weirder in this book, and a really enjoyed it, and it satisfied my secret fantasy of being a super-hot homi ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
GOING UNDER suffers less than SELLING OUT from the difficulty of separated protagonists. Lila, Teazle and Zal come together and then go spinning off into faery, learning more about themselves in the process. Faery did not have as distinct a flavor for me as Alfheim or Demonia, though everyone's regression to their older forms was interesting.

Where SELLING OUT dragged for me, GOING UNDER has restored the series momentum, itching to get to book four.
Apr 09, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fan
Quantum Gravity series is a fun series that blends fantasy, sci-fi and a touch of steam punk. Its unique combination of genres provides something that cannot be found in other series. The main protagonist Lila is an amazingly complex and believable character. The mythology used by the author brings in authenticity as well and plenty of new twists. I am very happy and sad to see the fifth and final book come out last month
Dec 10, 2008 Tanya rated it liked it
I'm a little over halfway through this book and enjoying it more and more. The beginning was a bit heavy on explanations, but it has really picked up. The back cover labels it as "Science Fiction & Fantasy" and it's correct. It truly is a mixture of both, with Lila's AI and partially mechanical body and the involvement of elves, demons, faeries, etc. Ms. Robson has an amazing imagination and I highly recommend all three of the Quantum Gravity books.
John Owen
Apr 07, 2014 John Owen rated it did not like it
Very disappointed in this book. Previous Justina Robson books I've read have been good, but this really doesn't work for me. The base problem is its cross-genre nature -- it's a mix of fantasy and cyperpunk, with most of the worst features of both. When anything can happen, the reader has to rely on the protagonist to be an anchor point in an ever-changing landscape, but for the most part Robson's main character hasn't got the foggiest what is going on either.
Dec 26, 2008 Mike rated it liked it
This third in the trilogy (? don't know if any more are coming) kind of petered out there. As if the author had an obligation to write this one more than a desire to get the story out of her head. But still a good read.
Jul 28, 2011 Julie added it
This has been a very entertaining series so far. I eagerly await the next volume. If you like fantasy... vampires, demons, faeries, and the lot... you'll probably like this series. The writing is very good and the author makes you care about the characters. I was sad to have it end.
Feb 15, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
I feel like the narrative and world building finally found clarity, just at the time we're hitting that point in a series where it starts to get bogged down in its own mythology. Hm.
When and if I get to the 4th book, it will be for secondary characters, not the leads.
M. D. Parkhurst
Sep 06, 2014 M. D. Parkhurst rated it liked it
The author finally takes the reader to Faerie, but I was under impressed. There was too much double speak and games to get the feel of this world. There was so much going on the author did not allow time to accept what happened before the next problem arose.
Jaine Fenn
Oct 03, 2009 Jaine Fenn rated it really liked it
The third book in the 'Quantum Gravity' series; whilst I enjoyed the other two, this one I loved, mainly because of the author's brilliant depiction of faery as a truly twisted and alien place than nonetheless operates by its own warped rules.
Ryan Viergutz
It's definitely the same writer but this book is a bit less gripping than the first two. The ending rocks it out and the epilogue is incredibly crazy.
Todd Morris
Aug 12, 2011 Todd Morris rated it really liked it
Loved the treatment of Faerie & the fey. The ending... well, read it for yourself. Definitely left me eager for the next one.
Sharon Malcolm
Apr 19, 2010 Sharon Malcolm rated it really liked it
A superb installment in a brilliant series. Amazing world building, can't fault this at all. Must get the next one, quick!
Lynn Calvin
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Dec 18, 2008 Jason rated it liked it
I agree with those people who say that they wish that there was a 3 1/2 star rating. Robson keeps up with a good story with plenty of originality, and I look forward to what's coming next.
Diziet Sma
Jun 20, 2012 Diziet Sma rated it really liked it
Justina Robson seems to have hit her stride for this book in the series.
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Justina is from Leeds, a city in Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to write and always did. Other things sometimes got in the way and sometimes still do...but not too much.
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