The Prey of Gods

The Prey of Gods

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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. Yesthe 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.Its 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 theres 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, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062493033
0062493035
Branch Call Number: DRAYDEN, N
Characteristics: ix, 381 pages ; 21 cm

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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.

FindingJane May 30, 2017

This novel is a terrific thrill ride that doesn’t shy away from gore, viscera and uncomfortable subjects. From the first page, where we find a young man uneasily contemplating an adult circumcision to the gory details of a demigoddess stretching out a human meal while watching one of her favorite old black-and-white movies, you know you’re in for one unusual reading experience.

But oddity isn’t enough to keep anyone enthralled (it didn’t work for that “Howard the Duck” movie, did it?). You need characters and Ms. Drayden gives us characters to spare. Her people are filled with gritty, rough edges and commit appalling acts from illicitly reading minds and wiping memories to torching an entire village. No one is innocent and few people keep their hands clean.

But what glorious characters they make! The author pulls us into their lives and makes us feel for them, even the reprehensible, secretly lonely murderous aforementioned goddesses. Like anything in the world, nothing is unalloyed bliss or pain and each needs the other to be meaningful. Betrayal is found in any friendship and love can look a lot like vicious hatred…and vice versa. In a world where people only want to be loved, worshipped or adored, can we fault a near-goddess for craving the same?

This book combines its elements of sociopolitical commentary, old-world mythology and modern cybernetics into a truly heady brew and Ms. Drayden serves it up with relish.

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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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