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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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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

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One of my most memorable listens to date

As nother reviewer said, I don't know anything about south african folk lore but what is here is enjoyable.
It blends sci-fi and fantasy/myth/folklore superbly and has so many unusual things going on.
I mostly listen to american/english trash lit, just cause it pushes the right "heh" and "cooool" buttons.

THIS though was a good book. I'm actively recommending it to people.

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  • Nikolas Braren Blanchet
  • 25-06-20

Myth + Science = Yay! Should have a South African narrator

The story is a great story of myths reimagined in the modern day, not entirely unlike American Gods by Neal Gaiman. But instead of a sedate pace with lots of philosophy, The Prey of Gods is a pleasing action story. Contains sex, drugs, and pop music. Could have used a South African narrator since that’s where the novel is set.

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  • T.O.
  • 04-05-18

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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  • Brian Neubauer
  • 12-02-19

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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  • David
  • 14-06-18

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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  • Gus
  • 07-07-20

Fast-Paced Sci-Fi Bursting with Ideas

I had so much fun with this book! It's manic in the best of all possible ways, I was practically out of breath just listening to the audiobook. THE PREY OF GODS combines science fiction and mythology in a way that's strange, surprising, at turns funny and heartwarming, and always entertaining.

Just like a playlist that never breaks for a slow song, every scene in the novel raised the stakes just that bit more. It should have been exhausting, but Nicky Drayden ushered me through the story in such a way that I was always hungry for the next thing. And the next. And the next.

If you're looking for a big story with big characters doing their best, I highly recommend THE PREY OF GODS. The narration by Prentice Onayemi is wonderful. I won't hesitate to read another book by Nicky Drayden!

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  • garfield
  • 21-05-19

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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  • Tim
  • 26-12-18

​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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  • WizBangWow!
  • 03-03-21

Wild and fun!

Admittedly a bit scattered, but incredibly fun. The narrator was wonderful. I couldn't put it down!

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 25-12-20

INCREDIBLE!

This book would make the BEST movie! #Amazon #Netflix pay attention. Waay more fun than ReadyPlayerOne (which rocked) and more revolutionary than Avatar. Loved this! Twisted, complicated, dark and so beautiful in plot and prose. Prentice always delivers. Excited to see what's next.

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  • Aidan Wharton
  • 01-10-20

Brilliant.

This book is so wonderful, captivating and imaginative. I couldn’t stop listening to Prentice Onayemi’s brilliant I habitation of the characters. I couldn’t recommend this more.