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The Prey of Gods (2017)

av Nicky Drayden

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In South Africa, 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 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 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.… (mer)

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  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
This was a complex sci-fi that had notes reminiscent of other authors/works, and yet is fully its own.

I originally said "Its American Gods in a cyberpunk Africa" but that's an over-simplification. It reminded me of a lot of different things - American Gods, Gunnerkrigg Court, Oryx and Crake, Parasite Eve, Ghost in the Shell, Perdido Street Station, Magic: the Gathering, Impossible Creatures... the list goes on. Its easy to see that list and go "So its just a derivative pile of tropes, huh?"

No, its not. That's the thing. It takes these common, common tropes you find in sci-fi/fantasy, breaks them down, and then rebuilds them. There were some surface similarities in a few cases, sure, but most of the resemblance was emotional resonance. The cast is incredibly diverse. I appreciated the representation, but also just the unique variety of their voices and perspectives, making for a genuinely more interesting story. The story moves quickly and builds up naturally. The mythology is original and the magic system was explained enough without being overly mechanical or ambiguous. The ending is satisfying.

This was just a great damn book and I recommend it highly. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
I loved this!
I found the beginning to be a seamless mix of so many genres: fantasy, sci fi, horror, mythology, incredible.
Towards the end a few places in the narrative snag a bit.
I liked the ending a lot and I think how reviewers feel about the ending probably weights reviews ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
I loved this so freaking much. This is the utterly weird, genre-bending, diverse, mind-blowing story that I want more of. In a future South Africa, there's an old has-been demigoddess hellbent on reclaiming her former glory with lots of murder and mayhem. Standing in her way? A girl with some truly terrible power, a pop diva, a politician who would rather put on a dress and sing on stage than run for premiere, a queer teen, and a robot.

I read half of this in print, and then bought the audiobook to finish it on a roadtrip because I needed to know what happens next. This was amazing.

I'm a bit torn if I want a sequel or not. On the one hand, the ending did leave some open-ended bits that I would love to see some resolution to. On the other hand, the book seemed perfect. And that ending was wild. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
Super fun read. ( )
  jzacsh | Sep 9, 2020 |
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In South Africa, 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 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 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.

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