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400 pages, Hardcover
First published June 30, 2020
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”She was angry at the cryo’tech who froze her...Angry that she had never been enough. Angry that she felt like she had to be a goddess to be important.”
Andra left her room, and ran straight into a dark figure in the hallway. They grabbed her wrist, and she jerked back, flailing, arm swinging out, and by some miraculous accident, it made some contact.
There was a crunch, a spray of blood, and the person - whom Andra now saw had broad shoulders and tousled blond hair - rolled to the floor moaning.
Both hands covered his face, but it was unmistakably Zhade curled into a ball. “I think you broke my nose!”
She let out a sigh of relief and rolled her eyes. “You’re fine, you big baby.”
”Yeah?” she said. ”Well, I’m a fucking goddess.”
I've wanted to read this since June 2019, and goodness Goddess in the Machine did not disappoint! This debut is gripping from the first sentence; I love the fast-pace and descriptive prose that paints a vivid picture in my mind. It's also got some biting humor that is right up my alley and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
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"So. You’re the last person I’ll ever speak to on Earth.Andra is just a normal and curvy teenager who wakes up from cryogenic sleep a little later than she should have in a dangerous, desert wasteland. Everyone she knew is long gone and she has no choice but to trust this roguish Zhade character who's obviously hiding something. And they won't stop calling her Goddess. I adore the banter between characters, which serves to lighten the tension of danger, but also kind of blurs what you think you know. I like complex characters with complicated motivations that the reader struggles to suss out, and then watching the conflicting emotions. If you like this too, you're in for a treat!
Don’t be so morbid."
"She'd fallen asleep in one place and woken up across the universe."Language changes over time, and I like that the author created a version of English that could evolve over the course of 1,000 years. I found the Linguistics element a fantastic addition to the worldbuilding and lands the reader in the same confused state as Andra. Some readers (obviously) may not enjoy this as much as I do, but I feel so invested in this story because of this - like I was there alongside her. It's understandable, but obviously different. The audiobook does a fantastic job providing audio to the new version of English. (Yes, I also bought the audiobook. What of it?)