Ever since they gave her a new cyborg body and a steady stream of murderous work, she’s known the rules. Keep your head down, do your job, don’t get involved.
Then they sent her to assassinate a child.
Instead, she took him out of the City and into the Waste. Of course they’ll be coming for her, and for the strange, quiet, thirsty boy she’s rescued. Because he’s not just a child — he’s a profitable experiment. Bounty hunters. Fellow cyborgs. Cannibals. Monsters. They're all after him. All she has on her side is an almost-invulnerable body, a lifetime’s worth of stubbornness, and the willingness to kill whoever she has to.
It’s going to have to be enough.
Saintcrow (the Jill Kismet series) teams up a cyborg agent and a genetically engineered child vampire for a cyberpunk western adventure in this lackluster novel. An excess of technobabble certainly gives a sense of the setting but distracts from the story. The population of the future U.S. has mostly retreated to cities, and the government heavily restricts travel to the wastelands outside. When the narrator agent is sent to kill a young boy, Geoffrey, she balks and instead takes him away from his corporate caretakers and smuggles him out of the city. Out west they find more civilization than they were expecting, as well as several groups looking to get Geoffrey back. The agent's voice is coldly clinical about the realities of her enhanced body and job as an assassin, which makes her reticence to discuss Geoffrey's vampirism, even in her internal narration ("He needed to... drink"), seem out of character. Geoffrey is a much more interesting character, especially when it is revealed that he can telepathically communicate with the sand worms in the desert. Unfortunately, one or two interesting ideas don't make up for a slow plot overburdened with exposition.