Cover Illustrator : Brenoch Adams
Setting: future, Port Elizabeth
Rated : 9 Stars
His birth certificate reads Muzikayise McCarthy, but nobody calls him that except his grandfather and anyone looking for a busted lip.
–Nicky Drayden - The prey of gods - c.2017
I added this book to my TBR pile a whole year ago, when it was rec’d by Kameron Hurley. And then it was one of the books discussed on Fangirl Happy Hour, so I bumped it up the list. I haven’t listened to that episode yet, because I wanted to read the book first.
It is set in the near-ish future, where personal robots are everywhere, genetic engineering is creating new pets, and everything looks good. Although there are far too many dik-diks about, getting in traffic, causing accidents.1 But there are also old gods lurking and new gods rising, and possible sentient bots. The future is about to get real interesting.
I loved this book.
It was just so damn entertaining.
It is different and original, but the world Drayden creates seemed familiar and relatable (that’s not a real word, but I’m using it anyway)) so quickly. Not familiar as in safe, just that you can understand parts of it while going yeah that’s crazy but I can see how it happened.
It hops around, point of view-wise, but in the end I think that all the stories and threads were integrated in a way that worked. Sure, some issues were left unanswered or unexplored, but isn’t that life?
Also, I loved the bots. And the final line… great job.
This is a stand alone novel, but I’d certainly read any sequel, or even another story set in the same ‘verse as this and there is plenty of scope for that.