The Prey of Gods

The Prey of Gods

Book - 2017
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*WINNER: 2017 Compton Crook Award!

*WINNER: 2017 RT Booklovers Award (Science Fiction)!

*A Wall Street Journal "Summer Reading: One expert. One book" pick for 2017!

*The RT Book Reviews "June 2017: Seal of Excellence" pick!

*A B&N Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog "Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2017 So Far" pick!

*A Book Riot Best Books of 2017 Pick!

*A Vulture "The 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2017" Pick!

From a new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes The Prey of Gods, a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale, set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.

In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes--the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:

A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .

An emerging AI uprising . . .

And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.

It's up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there's a future left to worry about.

Fun and fantastic, Nicky Drayden takes her brilliance as a short story writer and weaves together an elaborate tale that will capture your heart . . . even as one particular demigoddess threatens to rip it out.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062493033
0062493035
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: ix, 381 pages ; 21 cm

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TomVinson
Feb 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book.
Caveat: the author is a computer programmer from Texas. But then, I've been a computer programmer from Texas myself.
I'm looking forward to her next book.

JessicaGma Jan 10, 2018

I have been greatly enjoying the sci-fi and fantasy stories set in South Africa and this was quite excellent with the mix of future tech plus ancestral gods and goddesses. The characters are great, the varying points of view are fabulous, and the plot is top speed. Add this to your list to read!!

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haminheadley
Aug 28, 2017

This immersive sci fi/fantasy genre blender has some of the most vivid characters I've encountered in a while paired with effective yet complex plotting. It also has some of the most deliciously droll one-liners sprinkled throughout. Be prepared to set some time aside for this one because the second half is nigh unputdownable.

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shayshortt
Jun 28, 2017

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book through the Harper Voyager Super Reader program.

The Prey of the Gods is a humourous, genre bending romp through the near future, fearlessly mixing and matching demi-goddesses and robots, pop stars and politicians. Although it takes a while to settle in and get a handle on all the moving pieces of this narrative, the result is fresh and unexpected.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/06/27/the-prey-of-the-gods/

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scifireader
Jun 23, 2017

I got to read an ARC copy of this title. It was really very good. For a debut novel it was downright impressive. I'll read the next book she writes without hesitation. Sort of an urban fantasy in a near future science fiction setting.

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shayshortt
Jun 28, 2017

South Africa, 2064. Sydney, a debased demi-goddess with dwindling powers, schemes to find enough fear, blood, and belief to feed on to return to her heyday. A new designer drug is hitting the market, and unleashing the divine potential of seemingly ordinary humans, and in it Sydney sees the possibility of chaos such as the world has not experienced for a long time. Meanwhile, her old mentor Mr. Tau is preparing to release a new demi-goddess into the world, one who may help her or undermine her, depending on how Sydney plays her cards. Can a pop star, two gay teens, a little girl, a politician, and a robot foil her plans?

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shayshortt
Jun 28, 2017

If there’s one rule in planning for world domination, it’s to make sure you look good doing so.

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