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"An Afrofuturist love story, set inside a giant space-creature, about two women of different castes...top-notch worldbuilding and sharp characterization." - Kirkus Reviews
Escaping Exodus focuses on this matriarchal alien (this is the best way I know how to describe them without really giving away too much) society that inhabits a beast/huge creature that travels throug ...more
This was so, so amazing! And so close to being a full 5 stars for me. This is an incredible, unique, queer, sci-fi story that I could not get enough of. Which is why I was a little sad that the ending was so rushed. There was so much going on throughout the book and it did such a good job building everything up to the very end, just for it to wrap up way too quickly. It really dropped the ball on one of my favorite characters and overall was just not a satisfying ending. But I still lov ...more
This is a spectacularly bizarre concept, of spacegoing societies living inside giant interstellar beasts, in the body cavities. It's quite staggeringly biological, full of fluids and sphincters and organs in a way that's quite overwhelming at points. There is...ooze. Alien jizz. It's sticky.
The society is matriarchal and ...more
This was one of those wonderful reading experiences when I picked up a book on a whim, with very few preconceived ideas, and absolutely fell in love with the story. The premise reminded me of the novel, The Stars are Legion, but this was honestly so much better executed.
Given the biological nature of the world, there were some rather gross scenes that I personally enjoyed, but might turn off more squeemish readers. The ending wrapped up the story a little too quickly for my tastes, but ...more
I loved what it had to say and what it was trying to achieve, but some things - especially in the ending - just didn't end up working for me. I've said this before about Nicky Drayden's books, but there's always something about the pacing, about the transition from one scene ...more
A huge thank you to Harper Voyager US for gifting me a copy of Escaping Exodus! This is a space opera set in a time in which earth is all but a distant memory. With extrasolar planets still out of reach, the remains of humanity has managed to survive by creating colonies within humongous space beasts, leaving after mining all their resources. The book follows Seske, a girl first in line to the throne of her clan. After having just found a new beast to inhabit, their new home is plagues wi ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Escaping Exodus debuts October 15th.
The seemingly acid trip-inspired cover of Escaping Exodus does the words inside justice: this book is unabashedly weird. Drayden chronicles a matriarchal society that has made the innards of a gargantuan, living space beast their home; when one space beast is on the way out health-wise, they literall ...more
The final third, though, has to be one of the most hair pullingly frustrating things I've read in a long time. It just took such a huge and shockingly swift downturn in quality ...more
What I thought most interesting about this was the biological elements. The civilisation live in the cavities and ...more
Seske Kaleigh is the heir-apparent to the matriline that leads her people. Her society is in the early stages of colonization of the current "beast", a process that involves massive modification to the beast's physiology, and will cause its death in only a decade or so. But Seske is ignorant of many of the details of the lifecycle of her culture, particularly in t ...more
Seske is one of the most selfish, immature, oblivious, and entitled characters I have ever encountered in any work of fiction. She infuriates me so much it’s hard to express coherently. The summation is that she wants to have her cake and eat ...more
I got an ARC in exchange for a review. Opinions are my own. Drayden has created an imaginative playground of a world that allows her to showcase her strengths: her creativity and her humor. I was fascinated by the social orders and mechanics of the beast described within the book. The chemistry between Seske/ Adalla and their rival love interests was believable, and I became heavily invested in certain relationships working out. While the narrators ...more
But, forgetting the cover for a moment, this story sounds incredibly weird and fascinating.
A society living inside a giant space beast, that's hella queer. Sign me up!
I love weird, squishy, biological scifi, and I was impressed by how perfectly Escaping Exodus delivered on this front. When I originally read the premise on Goodreads – “a city-size starship carved up from the insides of a space-faring beast” – I knew I had to get my hands on this book. I’ll admit that I came in feeling a hint of trepidation: what if the beast is relegated to being in the background? What if it’s a normal spac ...more
Real Rating: 4.5* of five
Many thanks to the author and HarperVoyager for my ARC.
I know the author of this book for like fifteen years now. She's got a dry wit, a generous heart, and a deeply subversive soul. This is by way of explaining how I know that, in this twisty and turny story of siblings very much at odds with each other and very deeply enmeshed in each others' psyches, she's explained us to ourselves.
What happens when your in ...more
The story concerns two young women from different classes, who start as friends and grow to f ...more
I have been meaning to read this author's work for a while now. I heard about this book from Matey Sarah. The gorgeous cover and the mention of the spaceship being "insides of a spacefaring beast" is what made me click this cover and enter the giveaway. And then I won! This book was quite an experience. I really enjoyed this intr ...more
Oh, I am so sad. I really, really, really thought I could just ignore the reviews and enjoy this, because it clicks all the buttons I wanted it to click, at least as far as the description goes. Unfortunately, the book itself is, shall we say, flawed?
Well okay, even that is probably a bit too far even. This book is probably for somebody, that somebody just isn't me.
To start, I have a problem with books that act like scifi but are really just excuses for fantasy things to happen. ...more
A unique matriarchal society set in space and filled with sci-fi goodness and a tiny bit of horror concerning the idea of bodies. I liked the ideas behind the story and how the characters tried to race against time as the Sister wants to get power in her own hands. The lost star goes to the slightly YA feeling of the book. If it had more pages and it was set in the Adult spectrum of readers then it would be even more spectacula ...more
This was an *exceptionally* enjoyable, delightful, engaging book. It was the first time I had read something by this author however I was so impressed by it that I plan on checking out her other works. The story line is well thought out, the characters have depth and you find yourself almost instantly drawn in to their lives, the drama and the inner workings of living out in space. The author has done a fine job of creating her own "fantasy" world, complete with it's own univer ...more
Nicky Drayden does something rare, her stories are all super we ...more
Anyway....This book is unlike anything I've read before. Mind you I'm not a huge SF reader so I don't have a lot of things to compare it too, and I didn't really have any expectat ...more
I didn't realise until I opened it up that this was going to be a novel where the matriarchy is set up to be as toxic as many ways as the patriarchy (absolute power corrupts absolutely). There is also class distinction in a really toxic way. And this is highlighted particularly between the main characters of Seske--the Matris' daughter--and the young woman she's in l ...more
In Escaping Exodus we have desperate spacefarers who live like parasites inside of travelling space beasts, killing their intelligent hosts, one after the other. They are ruled by a strange matriarchal government with rigid caste ...more
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley. Trigger warning for slavery, mass murder, rape, and animal abuse. This review contains some general spoilers about the world building - so please skip it if you want to read the book with fresh eyes.)
“She?” I ask, eyes wide. Never in all my dizzy dreams had I thought that our beast was something other than a thing, an animate object, a sustainer of l...more