Waiting on Wednesday : The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  My book this week is : The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden (confession: Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn brought my attention to this book – and it sounds great – so thanks :D)

prey of godsIn 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.

First off – check out that awesome cover – it’s bloody brilliant.

Secondly – I read this described as ‘A new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor’ – now, obviously you have to be wary of these comparisons and these are big shoes to fill, but even so – it still makes me want to read this!

Thirdly – not long to wait.  This is due out 13th June.

12 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday : The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    As I read the synopsis for this novel I immediately recalled a short story by Okorafor about AI traffic-controlling machines, and set in Africa: seeing that this novel quotes Okorafor as one of the inspiring writers makes me want to read it – now 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    • @lynnsbooks

      This sounds great doesn’t it – I love the idea of the setting and the cover is so cool.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    I’m excited about this too. I find that South Africa has turned out to be a favorite setting of mine in SFF books, so really how could I not want to read This?:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      It does sound really good – I’m very much looking forward to starting.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    This is going on the list. I love that it is set in Africa and I ADORE the look on that little girl’s face. AWESOME!

  4. Bob Milne

    Okay, that sounds cool, and I love that cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The cover is outstanding and I just love the idea of this not to mention the setting.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I saw the DRC on Edelweiss a while back but ARRRGH had to resist! The cover’s great though, the look on the girl’s face alone makes me want to read this one! I look forward to your thoughts 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a great cover isn’t it – the look on the girl’s face is excellent.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Nathan

    I am all over this. It may be my next read. I just can’t decide!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, I will look forward to seeing what you make of it. I love the sound of it and the cover is ace.
      Lynn 😀

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