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.