Half Life

Half Life Review

Cas Russell is back — and so is her deadly supermath.

Cas may be an antisocial mercenary who uses her instant calculating skills to mow down enemies, but she’s trying hard to build up a handful of morals. So when she’s hired by an anguished father to rescue his kid from an evil tech conglomerate, it seems like the perfect job to use for ethics practice.

Then she finds her client’s daughter . . . who is a robot.

The researchers who own the ’bot will stop at nothing to get it back, but the kid’s just real enough for Cas to want to protect her — even though she knows she’s risking everything for a collection of metal and wires. But when the case blows up in her face, it plunges Cas into the crossfire of a massive, decades-long corporate espionage war.

Cas knows logically that she isn’t saving a child. She’s stealing a piece of technology, one expensive and high-stakes enough that spiriting it away is going to get innocent people killed. But she has a distraught father on one hand and a robot programmed to act like a distraught daughter on the other, and she’s never been able to sit by when a kid is in trouble — even a fake one.

Screw morals and ethics. All Cas wants to do is save one little girl.

Title:Half Life
Edition Language:English

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    Half Life Reviews

  • D. Jason

    Half Life is S.L. Huang’s follow up to the brilliant Zero Sum Game, second in a series she calls “Russell’s Attic” for reasons I’m still not completely clear about.Zero Sum Game was brillian...

  • Steven Laidlaw

    At once an improvement and disappointment.First of all the improvements. The story in this book is much more convoluted than the first, which ups the excitement and tension quite well. I liked the gro...

  • Nikolaus

    I really liked the first book in this series (Zero-sum game), but unfortunately the second one does not reach the quality of the first. At the beginning, the story is very slow-paced and tedious, but ...

  • Derek

    I was reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but around the middle of the novella, it all got so predictable and depressing, so I put it down and whipped through this in about five hours, instead...

  • Nancy Meservier

    Half Life is the sequel to Zero Sum Game, which focuses on a superhero-esque anti-hero who's abilities are fueled by power of math. Admittedly, I didn't like Half Life as much as Zero Sum Game. Some o...

  • Rachel Cotterill

    Cas returns in another intelligent, science-filled thriller. This time there are robots that look like people, problems with the Mafia, and a bona fide evil genius with a high-tech lair. If you enjoye...

  • victoria.p

    Less surprising than the first book - you'll figure out what's going on long before the characters do - but a lot of fun. ...

  • Sean Randall

    I had to reread book 1, of course, but having caught back up I really enjoyed this second kickass title. As antihero's go Russell's got some serious stuff going on in her head, but somehow it all work...

  • Chuk

    At least as good as the first one, maybe a bit more episodic....

  • Shaz

    Three and a hafl stars. I did not find this quite so absorbing as I did Zero Sum Game, but it was still pretty good....