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Nicky Drayden
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Prey of Gods

Nicky Drayden


Harper US

Myth & legend told as fiction


400 pages

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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. 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 hell-bent 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.

In a style both fun and fantastical, 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.

By:   Nicky Drayden
Imprint:   Harper US
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   277g
ISBN:   9780062493033
ISBN 10:   0062493035
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   June 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Lauren Beukes and Neil Gaiman better add The Prey of Gods to their reading lists! This addicting new novel combines all the best elements of science fiction and fantasy -- RT Book Reviews (June 2017 Seal of Excellence -- Best of the Month) This dense and imaginative debut is [...] a book like no other, with a diverse cast that crosses the spectrum of genders and races, and a new idea (or four) in every chapter. -- B&N Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog (The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2017 So Far) You'll need to clear your schedule as soon as you get your hands on a copy of Drayden's debut novel!...Drayden has certainly made herself an author to watch out for. -- <em>Romantic Times</em>, 4 1/2 stars (Top Pick!) Prey of Gods delivers on every promise in beautifully unexpected ways that leave you breathless, a little dizzy, and wanting more...Exquisite, fast-paced, and excellent fun. -- Fran Wilde, award-winning author of <em>Updraft, Cloudbound,</em> and <em>Horizon</em> Drayden has knocked it out of the park with this novel. . . . an excellent piece of fiction that is levels above any of the summer reads coming out. -- New York Journal of Books Drayden's delivery of all this is subtly poignant and slap-in-the-face deadpan - perfect for this novel-length thought exercise about what kinds of gods a cynical, self-absorbed postmodern society really deserves. Lots of fun. -- <em>New York Times</em> Book Review Nicky Drayden's debut novel The Prey of Gods is a surprising cornucopia of genres and characters taking place in a futurist South Africa [...] It's a little bit surreal, a little bit weird, a lot of fun and wholly impressive. -- Kirkus Reviews A fantastic mix of science fiction, horror, fantasy, and humor, The Prey of Gods is a unique novel that defies categorization...Fun and engaging, The Prey of Gods is an unforgettable read. -- <em>Bustle</em> -- 13 Science Fiction Books Starring Women For Your Summer Reading List Ancient gods, gene-tech, and gripping action - I love so much about this book. -- Cat Rambo, author of <em>Beasts of Tabat</em> and <em>Neither Here Nor There</em> The Prey of Gods was a very entertaining novel filled with wonderfully imaginative ideas, and it was very competently written...I really enjoyed reading it, and I would definitely recommend it to whoever is looking for a diverse novel full of action and inventive creations. -- Black Girl Nerds The Prey of Gods is an ambitious blend of folklore, bioengineering, and science fiction... With luck, readers will remember Drayden's novel when nomination season rolls around. -- Steven Silver -- SFSite In this debut novel from accomplished short story writer Nicky Drayden, the mythic and the mechanical mesh as smoothly as servo gears in a security droid. That's due largely to Drayden's understanding of the creatures that occupy the space between those two: human beings. -- Austin Chronicle

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