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In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.

When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader of Elysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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megs_bookrack
This cover has added 5-years to my life.



Thank you, Disney-Hyperion, for my ARC!

I am excited to get to this one. Anytime a synopsis sounds like an ode to Mad Max, I'm down.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I dont even know what the book idea Mad Max: Fury Road meets Caraval with witch girl gangs is going to look like but Im okay with that ...more
Tara ☽
Mar 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
This book is so far away and I don't know anything about the author, but I read the words "Mad Max", "girl gang" and "witches" and I hit that Want To Read option faster than Donald Trump would hit the nuclear button
raphael ✧
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Mar 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
Uhm yes I will read this. It had me at MMFR

DAMN LOOK AT THAT COVER WOW
Cindy ✩☽♔
Mar 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Pitched as Mad Max: Fury Road meets Caraval in an alternate history American Dust Bowl, the book features a girl gang of witches and a wildcard demon...

I have no idea what to expect, but I think I'm into it?
fae
Feb 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
a girl gang of witches and a wildcard demon??
Goddesses of Life and Death??
Vee_Bookish
Mar 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Mad Max meets Caraval also there's a witchy girl gangs

I'm don't know what I'm here for but I'm here for it
Autumn Krause
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got to read this prior to publication and IT. IS. AMAZING. It's a thrilling story grounded in exquisite writing--all I can say is: read this!! It delivers on every level.
rachel ☾
In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.


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Dahlia
Dec 08, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2020-releases
This was very cool! It's not the most "my thing" as far as genres go but I had to read it to confirm it was Sapphic as reported, and I read the whole thing in a couple of days so it was certainly compelling! Think The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco meets The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis. There are a couple of things that I thought were leading to much cooler, grander revelations** but didn't (one I think is just an error, so hopefully that's fixed for the final copy; I read an ...more
✩ Ashley ✩
In *love* with the chills this cover gives!! 🖤



This cover is TOO GOOD - why hasnt it dropped on GR yet?!?!? 🔥
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Chelsies Crazy4Books
Jan 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
The sample was amazing. I cant wait to get my hands on the full novel.
Sana
Feb 23, 2018 marked it as 2020-reading-vision
This one sounds too good to be true but hey, here for the girl gang just like in Undead Girl Gang and The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
Micaela Muldoon
Jun 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
- American Dust Bowl
- girl gang of witches
- other supernatural players
- high stakes

Am hyperventilating from how awesome this book sounds. Send help.
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RTC for blog tour.
Karissa
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I got an eGalley to review through NetGalley.

Story (5/5): This was an amazing book. The whole story has this fantasy dust bowl type of feel to it. Elysium was like any other town until the Dust Soldiers came and the Gods returned. Now Elysium is isolated from the rest of the world and its denizens are part of a 10 year old game being held between the Gods of Life and Death. Then Sal comes along and breaks it all.

This was a very unique story that
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Sara Codair
I received a copy of this from NetGalley.

If you like weird west stories and chosen one narratives, then read this. The setting and the world are something of a twist on classic western with a vibe that isnt quite steampunk but something similar. There is even a magic showdown.

While I did enjoy the book, I didn't find myself as immersed in it as I would have liked, and I'm wondering if it is because I knew a little too much too early on.

The blurb summarizes a lot of the story, so I think
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Kat
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An interesting and conceptually different read. Young adults will enjoy the backdrop and pacing. It was hard to follow at times, but once I was invested it really began to pick up half-way through.

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#ElysiumGirls #NetGalley
An interesting and conceptually different read. Young adults will enjoy the backdrop and pacing. It was hard to follow at times, but once I was invested it really began to pick up half-way through.
Amanda
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, 2020
3.5 stars
Ely
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as wishlist
Shelves: 2020
Literally want this because it has the word Elysium in the title.
Rosemary
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I was at a Book Buzz where this book came up, the publisher rep said, "I love this book! It's hard to describe, but it's so good! It's so weird!" And really, that was all I needed to hear: I wanted to read a book with a big steampunk horse on the cover. I was not disappointed.


Elysium Girls is Dust Bowl-era dystopian fiction. In 1935, while America is in the grips of the Great Depression, a giant dust cloud rolls over Oklahoma. The goddesses of Life and Death have taken this little chunk of
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Amy Hodges
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the Oklahoma city, Elysium, the citizens are merely pieces in the game between Life and Death. With Dust Bowl conditions, the 10 year period of the game and judgement day is coming to a close. When Sal, who is known as the girl who cried rain, is named successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader of Elysium, she jumps at the opportunity to prove herself to the town. Things are going okay until an outsider named Asa arrives and a terrible mistake happens, causing them both to be ...more
Meghan
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I 100% enjoyed this book from cover to cover. The concept, the plot execution, the characters and the theme just blew my mind. When I read the first few chapters I got excited when I saw that the world of Elysium was controlled by two sisters playing a game and gambling the lives of the people of Elysium. This reminded me
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Jessica
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Goddesses of Life and Death make a bet trapping an entire 1935 Oklahoma town in a game to see who will win. If the city can comply with the challenge and collecting their tithing Life will win and so will they. But if the inhabitants fail Death will win and they will all die. But the challenge isnt straight forward for the residents. Life and Death each get a Wildcard, a dust illness plagues the town, magic complicates things, racial tensions abound, and bandits create havoc. With only four ...more
Martha Sullivan
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Elysium Girls never feels like it quite pushes its ideas far enough - and they are great ideas. A battle between good and evil, set in the Dust Bowl, focusing on a witch and a demon is exactly the kind of premise that I'm here for. Unfortunately, great characters get lost in an unfocused world, vacillating between too many or too few background details to make it fully cohesive. Oddly timed switches in perspective don't help matters, and there's some drag in the first third that could have been ...more
Kendra
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
This novel takes place in a world in which magic exists, along with unending Dust Bowl conditions, and in which goddesses use humans and constructs to play out decade-long power games. Told from several mostly unnecessary points of view, the plot involves Sal, a young woman with strong magical capabilities, her friends, exiles in the desert surrounding their protected city-home, and a daemon in the form of a man. The plot is rather weak and the author relies on hero fights for tension and ...more
Amelia
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elysium Girls is a strange book. I feel like for the first third I didnt know what the book was really about, but Im glad I stuck with it because the payoff was good in the end. Its not a perfect book: theres something strange about the pacing and the author has trouble making all of the characters as distinct as they should be. However, the unusual setting is really creative and the author hits on deeper themes like the meaning of humanity and the concept of identity and family. I enjoyed ...more
Andria Sedig
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I LOVED this book. It was such a fun setting for a fantasy story. There were subtle western/cowboy elements woven into the fantasy setting and magic system. The magic itself wasn't overly complex but felt explained enough. The characters were fun. I love that this is a standalone fantasy. I love that the main characters didn't fall in love with each other. I loved all of the diversity in the story. I loved the plot twists and pacing. There were a couple of tough to read descriptions/moments ...more
Susie
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just really dug this whole book. Like, the whole premise is whackadoodle and I still freaking liked it!!! The stark setting, the quirky characters, the descriptions that are so layered I felt a part of them....its just all very very good. I did not think I would like this book, much less love it, but, there ya go. I love it. 🤓💜📚 ...more
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Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems.
She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem "Small Town Witches."
Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion
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