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The Prey of Gods

Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes The Prey of Gods, a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor.

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 that 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.

Fun and fantastic, 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.

©2017 Nicky Drayden (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Wonderful Patchwork of Themes

This was a great story blending the rich story telling traditions with African mythology with science fiction and fantasy. If you like a lot of various elements being blended together to tell a good character driven story, you will enjoy this.

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Interesting but not great

The concept of this book is outstanding. I want to get that out of the way first. But, I wasn’t impressed at how long it took to get someplace that the characters seemed to be growing and doing things. Many of the elements just didn’t mesh. The voice actor is okay and I’m glad they could get someone to read a story about South African people with the proper pronunciation of certain names.

Basically, this was an okay book and I’m not unhappy I got it. Just not impressed.

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 12-26-18

​I was in Awe

​"The Prey of Gods" is a bizarre story. Set somewhere in South Africa in the high tech world, where robots are taking care of our needs and a trans woman appears as a pop singer. There are also robots and a girl becoming into power. This is an out of the ordinary concept of science fiction.

I wasn't excepting much from this author and to be honest, I thought that the first half was just okay. The second half of the book really surprised me. I was in awe how complicated the plot really was. There was so many social cues being addressed that I needed to listened and pay attention on what was going on. I'm looking for more from this writer.

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  • David
  • Woburn , MA, USA
  • 06-14-18

RIP-roaring mash-up of urban fantasy and sci fi

This is a superb book, with great world-building, characters, and action. It’s funny and touching, and in general a tour de force. The amount of inventiveness that went into this book is off the charts. DNA is 70% urban fantasy and 30% sci-fi, but with more than enough ideas to sustain a whole novel in either genre. In terms of energy and exuberance of its action sequences, might compare it to Vinge’s Rainbow’s End. Really fun.

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Off the chain!

This book was amazing. It was fun and original and even a bit comic book type nerdy. I love the overall story.

My only criticism is of some of the rigidity in character decision making and development. And the ending seemed a bit rushed in the wrapping up.

But I loooved it so much. I'd live to see this on screen. An adventurous heartwarming exciting book.

Potential for branch off stories as well.

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I think therefore I am

Mindbending. Triggering. Inspiring. This book was like claws fully out, tearing into the fleshy bits of your heart and mind. Onayemi's performance gave life to these beautiful and awful words, making them even more powerful. I don't know if this book is for everyone but I'm glad I took the time.

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meh

started great, then got.....a bit wild with the plot devices. it felt like there were too many stories here. God's, mech uprisings, biotech viral conspiracies. its a bit of a lot.

the mechanics of magic distribution is clunky and inconsistent, but fun all the same. loved the new lore, and had there were some excellently performed moments of comedy.

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Stellar

This story was riveting from beginning to end. A brilliant construction of both characters and world inspires the reader to hang on every word. Sublime in every way. I can't wait for the sequel.

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  • luke
  • Fukuoka, Japan
  • 02-22-18

I was skeptical... but it was great!

After returning a half-a-dozen books in a row, I was SUPER skeptical. But...this was fresh, well-written and original--highly recommended!
Definitely worth a credit if you like modern day fantasy.
It lost one star for a lack of polish at the end of the book--to many threads to bring together perhaps.

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  • Alexander
  • granite bay, CA, United States
  • 12-19-17

Best Book I've Read (listened too) in a Long Time

This book is right up there with the greats. It both reflects and surpasses them. A little like American gods with some cyberpunk mixed in. Great weave of science fiction and fantasy. Characters are vivid, relatable, and INTERESTING! Their drives and passions are tangible. This book really stands and delivers! Buy it!

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  • paul sparks
  • 04-24-19

Superb blending of myth and science fiction

I absolutely loved this book, the story is a combination of African folklore, AI sentience and teenage angst and coming of age, shamefully I admit to knowing little of African folklore and what is told in this book may or may not be rooted in truth but I enjoyed the telling of it, the narration is excellent and really complimented the story, wholly recommended