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The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden ARC {5 Stars}

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden ARC {5 Stars}

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
Published by Harper Voyager on June 13th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Genre-bender, Sci-fi
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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 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.

5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Prey of Gods from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.


  • The science fiction future of The Prey of Gods is fantastically developed. I loved how much thought Drayden put in to how society might mold around the addition of robots that can accomplish pretty much every task currently done by working humans. One of my favorite details is the law that requires a one-to-one ratio of humans supervising robots, which actually seems like a really good compromise on still employing human workers, reassuring the public that the robots won’t do anything horrible, while still getting the efficiency and safety of robot automation!
  • This book is such a delightful blend of genres because while it takes place in a robot-filled future, it is at its core a fantasy story about a demi-goddess who has lived through many human civilizations and is trying to get enough believers back to regain her former strength.
  • I’m not particularly surprised, but I am delighted at the wide array of diversity showcased in this book. One of the main characters is trans and is mid-transition during the story. Another is falling in love with his best friend. Drayden also holds true to racial diversity that currently exists in South Africa, though with the racism issues improved as far as I could tell. Further, individual tribes from the region are called out and discussed because fun fact: not all South African native people are the same!
  • There are chapters from the robot’s perspective and it is so adorable! It starts out in binary and then has some English commands. Watching its thought process emerge as it gains sentience was so much fun and it really shows Drayden’s background in computers.
  • There are so many more things that I want to shout about, but I think it might be more fun if you discover them on your own. To encourage you further however, these are other things that I haven’t mentioned from the story: a dik-dik invasion, a god-creating drug, a retrovirus that targets long dormant genes, and an argument for why you should really be nice to all your appliances in preparation for the robot uprising.


  • The circumcision discussion that opens this book is odd and off putting. When I read the first chapter free online, I really wasn’t sure that I wanted to read the book. I can’t say enough: don’t let that dissuade you, it’s just one quirk of an otherwise amazing book!
  • I really really really hope that there is a second book. There is so much left to develop and see, but it’s not listed as a series yet :(.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

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