by Jess C. Scott
Published: January 9, 2011
Anya and Leticia are partners-in-crime who steal for a living. Their world turns upside down after a chance encounter with fellow rogue, Ithilnin—the enigmatic leader of an Elven band of thieves.
A scuffle to prove who’s “the better thief” transforms into more than Anya and Ithilnin ever bargained for. They retrieve the missing piece of an ancient poem, before getting caught in the secret dealings of a megacorporation. What they uncover threatens to alter the very essence of not just human life, but the other side as well.
Elven intrigue, cyberpunk action, and a deadly dose of danger come together in The Other Side of Life [Book #1 in the (Cyberpunk) Elven Trilogy].
Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things — though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.
This book has elves, technology, sneaky thieves, and saving the world. I loved the way the author approached elves in an urban fantasy environment, and the technology she dreamed up was amazing! It was realistic (I could see some of their invention coming into fruition in the next couple years) but still way cool :) - Serena
Jess C. Scott is a smart, detail-oriented writer with a great grasp of cyberpunk style. She has created a distinct world here, with a unique vision of elves and a wry look at the future of corporations, and both Nin and Anya are rounded, complex characters whose developing relationship makes sense. You root for them to overcome their threats and come out on top. I won't tell you what happens, but this is book one, and I'll be quick to get hold of book 2 when the time comes. - Matt Posner
A mix of fantasy and science fiction (using "old" terms), The Other Side of Life is in "new" sub-genres as well: cyperpunk and urban fantasy, both types which are sweeping through fiction like wildfire these days. - Red Haircrow