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Goddess in the Machine

(Goddess in the Machine #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,917 ratings  ·  829 reviews
When Andra wakes up, she's drowning.

Not only that, but she's in a hot, dirty cave, it's the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. When Andra went into a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy, she expected to wake up in a hundred years, not a thousand. Worst of all, the rest of the colonists—including her family and friends—are dead. They died centuries ag
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Razorbill
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Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
after sorting through my feelings, ive realised that, while i liked this book, its just because i was enjoying the sci-fi aspects.

the story itself is interesting enough. even though not a lot happens, its mainly a girl trying to adapt to a new world with some twist and turns along the way, i still enjoyed reading about the technology and how an entire civilisation has adapted to what they think is magic.

but the way this is written is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way. the authors atte
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
GAH THIS WAS SO FUN! SO many great twists and such cool sci-fi themes going on!! full thoughts coming in a video very soon :)
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I love sci fi and I was hoping to love this but I just couldn’t get into it. 🤨😕

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Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookishfirst, 2020
Yes—it is time, Chrissy, for me to read your book.

Okay this isn’t actually a book about Chrissy Teigen; the girl on the cover just kind of looks like her. (I believe the main character is at least part Asian, so that makes sense.) The actual writer is a debut author named Lora Beth Johnson, and I have been SO excited to read this one since I first saw it appear on BookishFirst.

A thousand years after being cryogenically frozen along with her family, friends and everyone she knew, Andra wakes up.
Miranda Reads
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Emily Suvada
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is glorious. And Lora Beth is a genius. I don't say that lightly - the language of this future world has been stunningly, carefully, painstakingly crafted and is a feast for pretty much anyone who's into words. Which I'm guessing is you, since you're on Goodreads 😂

But there's so much more than linguistics. There's banter. So much delicious banter. And intrigue and dresses and knives and nanotech and a cocky prince who's most certainly up to no good. There's cryotech, and the heat of a
Angela Staudt
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Penguin Teen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Are you looking for a new sci-fi fantasy book? Do you want incredible world building? Do you want well developed characters? Do you want to have some amazing plot twists? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should definitely read Goddess in the Machine.

When I first started reading this, I didn’t know what to think I’m not that big into sci-fi and the author creates a whole new dialect and it’s quite confusing what
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
What a disappointment! I went into this a bit tentatively since I knew there was a chance it could suck, but somehow still ended up feeling bummed out.

Basically, it takes place in the future already, Andra is put to sleep to be awoken with her family and other people from Earth on a new planet to make their home. Instead, Andra is woken up a thousand years in the future and is told that she’s a goddess, the third that has awoken. She has to accept this role to survive, but accepting it comes wit
Lia Carstairs
Sep 01, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF @ pg.25

ehhh I know only reading 25 pages is not enough for me to just DNF, but I don't feel like reading this anymore.😅

It's not that this book was bad—I'm only not in the mood to read this. Especially with all these other new releases👀

I'll try again another time...
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. That's not surprising, since I really love anything Sci-fi. This book is similar to Aurora Rising by, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, because it follows the whole 'girl lost in time' trope; Which I personally really like to read.

Goddess in the Machine, by Lora Beth Johnson follows the story of Andra, who wakes up from cryogenic sleep 1,000 years later than she was supposed to. When shes does wake up, Andra realizes her family is nowhere to be found and everyone around her is
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A girl who’s been asleep for a thousand years. A cocky prince who’s up to no good. The classic Sleeping Beauty tale gets a Sci-fi upgrade—fraught with epic twists & turns.

“When Andra wakes up, she’s drowning.

Not only that, but she’s in a hot, dirty cave, it’s the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. She knows she’s nothing special, but she’ll play along if it means she can figure out why she was left in stasis and how to get back to Earth.

Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Eerense
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seriously one of the best YA sci-fi books I have ever read, Goddess in the Machine takes an intriguing premise and executes it incredibly well with epic twists throughout the book. Andra is a teen girl who has been put into cryogenic stasis for 100 years as she travels with her family to colonize a new planet. Except when she wakes up, it has been 1,000 years and everyone thinks she is a goddess. I mean, how can you not want to read that?!

Andra is trying to cope with the death of her family and
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, signed-arc

In the beginning, I was totally hooked. It felt a lot like Aurora Rising: girl wakes up hundreds of years - or in this case, a thousand years - late from cryosleep and everyone she knew is dead and the future is cray. Girl out of time! The girl's name is even similar - Andromeda (Aurora), or Andra (Auri) for short - maybe not the best decision? But that's where the similarities to Aurora Rising - as well as my enjoyment - ended. It got off to a strong start, it really did. When I read the fi
Nicole (FearYourEx)
May 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF at 20%

The story is a fun idea, but I just cannot get past the dialog. It's making it nearly impossible to connect with the story. And I honestly am just so annoyed every time Andra talks to someone that I just cannot finish this book.
Drew's ambitious reading
I finished this just in time before the #owlcrateathon2020 ends! It's currently 10:08pm on sunday and I completed my second book and final book for this round! I would've read more, but I started out with a 600+ book, and then this one.
But, other than that I really enjoyed this one....

Goddess in the machine by Lora Beth Johnson was a 2020 release that wasn't on my radar and I heard about it but thought I wouldn't be into it. I don't normally read a lot of sci-fi if I do its from my favorite
Jan 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
This kinda reminds me of Diabolic AND I'M HERE FOR ALL OF IT
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this - a girl goes into Cryogenic sleep and wakes up 1000 years later - will sound very familiar, as that's the plot of Aurora Burning. But that's where the similarities end, because the two books could not be any more different. This is such a twisty book, that got me so many times and had me screaming "Wait what if Goddess In The Machine DOESN'T mean Goddess In The Machine, what if it means Goddess In The Machine?!" on Twitter at 11pm and if you've read it, I swear that makes compl ...more
Bright Star
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2020
“Decide your fate.”

Whoa! What a ride!
I started Goddess in the Machine not knowing what to expect and I ended up loving it! This sci-fi book was a rollercoaster of action and plot twists, and I couldn't put it down! I was immediately captivated by the story and the characters, but the bonus point was the linguistic side and how the author played with words, creating a new dialect; truly original! I don't want to spoil too much but if you love sci-fi stories, you have to read this one!
Jay G
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Andromeda was put into a cyrogenetic stasis years ago with the expectation of awakening 100 years into the future to help colonize a new planet. So, when she wakes up 1000 years into the future instead, life as she knew it drastically changed. Not to mention, everyone is calling her Goddess. Now Andra s
francis moore
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
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"Her life became a story, with meaning. Meaning that didn’t belong to her. She didn’t belong to herself. She belonged to humanity.”

Overall, Goddess was fun, original, and truly interesting. The futuristic tech was cool and it was unique to have a futuristic language to go with it. Andra was the perfect main character: relatable, emotional, and just a little too trusting. With a bit of a slow start, the story soon pays off with plenty of my
Stephanie L
um, honest to god, I really only added this because the title is so close to Ghost in the Shell
Celia McMahon
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Huge thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc!

Unique plot?- Check
Engaging characters?- Check
Unputdownable writing?- Check

check check check check check check check check check check check check This book did it for me in every way. We have a plus-sized main character, a unique futuristic language, twists at every corner, and a cover LIKE THAT?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?

Scifi/dystopian novels don't do it for me unless there's something different to set them apart from the cookie-
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
Thanks to the publisher and Bookish First for giving me a free finished copy for review. It was sposed to be an ARC, but Corona messed that up too. #2020things

Anyway, I was hoping to enjoy this one more than I did. While there were elements I definitely liked, (the snark of the main character, Lilibet for a few pages, the cover) overall, this wasn't my cup of tea.

Right off the bat, I was thrown off by the weird made up language which is really just the author spelling English words in the most a
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020
What just happened to me?!? Goddess in the Machine is so well-crafted that it's hit you over the head with its cleverness before you even realize what's going on.

I love how technology is viewed as magic in the future (the 3100s), which is a really interesting reversal of Andra's culture views science. But how the language of what we call things has so much power of what it actually is...

There is a lot of twists and turns that I NEVER saw coming, like in the way that magicians say "Now, look rig
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vid review will be up on July, 8th, 2020 here ...more
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
This book is criminally underrated and I need more people to read it so I have someone to talk about it with! Goddess in the Machine is a brilliant young adult sci-fi that kept me guessing in the best of ways. It's smart and funny, with some of the best worldbuilding and a cast of characters you'll adore.

You can read the first chapter for free now!
I've wanted to read this since June 2019, and goodness Goddess in the Machine did not disappoint! This debut is gripping from the
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, june-2020
I quite enjoyed this book! I was so excited to jump in after reading the premise (I mean, waking up after a thousand years in cryo!? How could I not be eager!?), and it definitely did not disappoint. Andra finds herself in a very, very different world than she left, and no one that she encounters can give her any clues as to what happened- at least none that make sense to her. I loved uncovering the story of what happened to Andra and her people, and figuring out what exactly was happening with ...more
Julia Ember
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m usually a very hard sell for sci-fi but I was really captivated by this. I read the first half in the bathtub, turning into a prune, because I didn’t want to stop reading. Andra 100% reacted how I would have finding out I’d been asleep for a thousand years, and I was here for it. The writing is very fast paced and I loved how Johnson handled etymology and language evolution.
Laura (crofteereader)
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's so much to love about this book. We get a realistic fat main character (who isn't absolutely obsessed with being "in spite of"), we get really awesome technology that doesn't work perfectly, we get linguistic evolution (honestly, I totally nerded out about how COOL it was to see even the barest attempt at evolved language that was entirely consistent throughout the text).

That being said, it was still YA, so it was very much built on the same structure as most YA fantasy (but this one has
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book. Wow. I know that's not articulate, but it really is an extraordinary story. Lora Beth Johnson hooks you from the very beginning and doesn't let you go. She crafts a science fiction, fantastic tale full of detailed, engaging world-building, characters you want to trust and root for, and twists that keep you guessing even at the very end. Andra is all of us, she wakes up confused, out of place, and grasping for the truth at every turn--you can't help but cheer her on. Zhade is lovable a ...more
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As an only child, Lora Beth Johnson grew up telling herself stories and reading past her bedtime. She spent her adulthood collecting degrees, careers, and stamps in her passport before realizing her passion for creating fictional worlds. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching college English and learning new languages. She lives in Davidson, NC with her little roommate, Colocatire the Yorkipoo.

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