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Song of Scarabaeus

(Scarabaeus #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,743 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Remember the name: Sara Creasy. With Song of Scarabaeus she takes her place alongside Ann Aguirre and Linnea Sinclair, staking her claim as one of the most exciting new writers currently rocketing across the science fiction universe. Seamlessly blending action, romance, intrigue, technology, and a tough, complex, and unforgettable heroine in the vein of Elizabeth Moon, Cre ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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Ilona Andrews
This will be the oddest review I’ve written to date, so bear with me.

Is it a good book? Yes.

Should you read it? Absolutely. It’s that rare beast of accessible hard SF and action that doesn’t turn into fantasy in space. Neither is it a rehashing of Honor Harrington. It’s unique, it’s SF, it has a female protagonist. We don’t get many of those.

Did I like it? That’s where things get a little more complicated. First, the writing is lovely. I dissolved into the narrative, which is a rare thing for me
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linnea Sinclair, Sirantha Jax fans
Shelves: romantic-scifi
Okay, these timid, fainthearted reviews gave me no clue what I was in for! I loved this book!

If you've watched the trailer, then you know Sara Creasy's Song of Scarabaeus follows prodigy Edie Sha'nim -it's not a fantasy without apostrophes- as she confronts her greatest failure with the help of your friendly neighborhood kidnappers.

Yes, I saw shades of Gabriel's Ghost and Grimspace , but unlike the heroines of those novels, Edie Sha'nim isn't immediately chummy with her kidnappers (OMG, BFFs

Fergie Ferg, back me up here.

We're Space Bandits! Here we come... We're coming for ya.
Space Bandits! Here we come... We're taking ya higher.

I think that's high enough, crazy. Why don't you come back down now?

Why you might be interested:

It takes cues from Battlestar Galactica - large cast of interesting characters and similar wardrobe (gold flight suits for pilots, tank tops with cargo pants, etc...)

Uses similar tech and future speak from Grimspace - using te
Song of Scarabaeus started off slowly for me. I was bombarded by all sorts of technological terms to keep track of. Words like cypherteck, datastream, wet-teck interface, and biocyph retroviral automated terraformer (or BRATs for short) were thrown at me, making me wonder why I had picked up this book. But suddenly, around page 30 or so, the story took over. I was mesmerized. I could not put this book down.

One of the reasons why I loved this book was the main character Edie. Edie is a cypherteck
Laura Lulu
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I loved this book. Wonderful characters, fast paced action, strong world building, and immersion into the world instead of info-dump, which I always prefer.

I haven't read much Sci-Fi, but I love the Sirantha Jax series and this one ranks right up there with Jax. Scarabaeus is more sciencey and technical than Jax--the main character, Edie, is a hardcore bio techie, and with the quick immersion into the world, she's throwing futuristic tech terms around and I'm like, whoa, slow down! Not confusin
Fine, I'll admit it: I lost faith in the science-fiction genre. I did. Completely. Granted, I haven't read all that much science-fiction in the past two years as I may have wanted to, but the ones that I have read have been disasters of monumental proportions. As such, I was a little skeptical about Song of Scarabaeus when I went into it. I was more than a little eager to read a duology (for once!), but I was not keen to be burned by science-fiction, yet again. Sara Creasy's debut, thankfully, i ...more
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, sci-fi
Well, I didn't realize that Song of Scarabaeus was part of a series, so I almost gave it 3 stars just for the ending. In fact, I was fully prepared to go on a long rant about it. And, let's face it, nobody wants to hear my whining.
Soooooo, in light of new evidence, I gotta say this was a pretty good book. If you're not the least bit interested in sci-fi, then don't bother with this one. I've seen some things on Goodreads indicating that this was a romance. Eh, not so much. There is a teensy bit
I started Song of Scarabaeus without really knowing whether I would enjoy it or not. But, since I've been enjoying Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series, I thought I'd give it a go.

We are dropped into Edie Sha'nim's military-like world full of Fringers, the Crib, serfs, cyphertecks and BRATs right from the start, but quickly find our way through it as Creasy feeds us, sometimes slowly, details which help us become knowledgeable and immersed in this colorful world.

Edie is the best cypherteck there is,
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, vaginal-sf
This was a really well done sci-fi book with a romance in it but it's secondary. I really enjoyed the characters and the world built up. It felt like a first book a bit, but definitely intrigued me enough to order the sequel!
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
/edit - So I have this book, got it early and how is this for odd - this is the third book that I've bought within the last two years that features that same woman on the cover. She's from the MM edition of the Elantris book, The Reckoners and now this book. I'm pretty convinced that the guy model is on the Mistborn books and pretty damn sure he's on the Reckoner's novels...weird.

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Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
EDIT June 30 2018: re-read this and still blown away.

Original Review:

Simply amazing.

This book completely blew me away.

Song of Scarabaeus is a must-read if you liked the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre (also amazing).

Edie grew up essentially an orphan, completely abandoned by her own people, and worked for the Crib government since she was little. It isn’t exactly forced, but no one asked her either, and she isn’t allowed to leave. Edie and Finn have a lot in common in this regard, even if Fi
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction fans
Song of Scarabaeus is an action-packed, science fiction book with a hint of romance. If you like Linnea Sinclair and Marcella Burnard then you'll like Sara Creasy. (Those are the only other sci/fi authors I have read btw. Well, there's Gini Koch but she's different.) This author does take her world-building up another level in sci/fi. I wish this book had a glossary because she introduces new terms in this futuristic world.

This book is also very smart and the world descriptively written. Someti
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, scifi
I am, well, there's no other way to put it, distressingly late in finding this absolute gem of a book. I don't know how it slipped under my radar until now. I'm not complaining too loudly, of course, because I discovered and devoured it just in time for the sequel to come out at the end of this month. And that, my friends, is nothing to sneeze at. I'm used to waiting years for books. A couple of weeks will not kill me. At least, that is what I tell myself so I can sleep at night. I am, in fact, ...more
The Flooze
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Song of Scarabaeus is absorbing. Though Creasy’s tone differs, I’d liken her storytelling talents to those of Ann Aguirre (author of one of my favorite series, Sirantha Jax). This is a study in full-immersion, where tech-speak is casually (but not carelessly) thrown about, reactions are realistic, tension is high and characters fall mostly within the grey zone.

In the larger view, Creasy paints a somewhat familiar picture: far-off planets ravaged by a power-hungry empire, deprived of their resou
I would have given the book four stars (possibly five) if I knew that the story was a cliffhanger and if Ms. Creasy had a sequel published at the same time. Then, I would have ordered the two books at the same time and read them. SONG OF SCARABAEUS is a sci fi fantasy first with a dash of romance. Our heroine, Edie, is written as a strong female. She has managed to stay alive at a time when the world as we know it no longer exists. She has a gift; an ability that the ruling regime wants to explo ...more
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-romance
I am a fan of all types of Sci-Fi. Hard, soft, fantasy mixed, romantic, etc. That being said, I have rarely read a romantic sci-fi that had any sort of hard sci-fi in it. This one did. Granted it's not the The Mote in God's Eye but it aint even close to this crap Slave.
Thank you Ms. Creasy.

Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, Edie's mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When reneg
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Edie is a cypherteck. This fact makes her very valuable. Her value as a wet-teck is how the book begins. She is kidnapped from her current employer so that she can perform illegal work for them. The rovers that have kidnapped Edie are actually working against the Crib, the employer that she was kidnapped from. Due to her value she must have a bodyguard. Not only do various people want to kidnap her so that she will work for them, but there is a faction called eco-rads that do not believe in her ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katyana by: new_user
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, series, future
This was an excellent start to a new series. The opening is a little chunky - casual use of lots of unfamiliar terms, giving the read a little bit of a stagger / stutter until you get familiar with them - but after the first 20-30 pages, the story takes hold and doesn't let go.

I was amused and irritated by the number of characters that "took possession" of Edie and then expected her to be happy with her situation and loyal to them. It's funny how everyone in this book - the Crib, Natesa, the rov
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't know whether to add the "sf" tag to this or not, despite the fact that it obviously should be sf, and everyone else calls it that. Possibly the whole biotechnology-music deal was just lost on me as I haven't read enough biotechnology-related sf, but also possibly, it's really fantasy wearing a not-very-well-fitting sf-suit. I mean terraforming should be extremely cool! And I like that Edie tries to maintain some kind of ethics, despite her lack of almost all agency. The book jus ...more
It’s really difficult for me to improve on what’s been said about this book already. Just go look at Anachronist’s or AH’s reviews and you can consider yourself fully informed.

For me, the difficulties in the beginning of the book weren’t due to the language fitting for science fiction. I could adjust well enough to cyphs, tecks and streams, but I objected to the undefined acronym jargon. Throw BRAT’s and CCU’s at me all you want but tell me what they mean—Biocyph Retroviral Automated Terraforme
Erica Anderson
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved this book and can't wait for the next installment, Children of Scarabaeus. While Song has created a buzz among SFR readers, it isn't really a romance, though there are certainly romantic elements. Creasy sets up readers in this first book for what promises to be a multi-book adventure in which the H/H's relationship develops gradually.

Finn, the hero, is the strong silent type--enigmatic and intriguing (the cover artist for the book did a great job with him). Finn and Edie, the heroine, ar
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars a great follow up to the sirantha jax series. It was a great storyline and the whole cypher tech and seeding planets theme was very original. The characters needed a little more umpf. I liked Edie, I just think that she could have been better. I liked the crew members, but a poker party or some kind of friendship building activity would have added a little bit of character depth. The author focused on action, which was good...the story did not lack in that dept. but if you are going to ...more
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading this as an Advanced Review Copy. A fabulous read, and fans of Julie Czerneda and Ann Aguirre will find SONG much to their liking. Fast-paced, with excellent plotting and characterization.
This is one of those books where I got to the 2/3rds mark and was just DONE and skimmed the rest. Which is not to say I was super loving it before, but I liked it well enough to keep reading. It was a lot of world building and I didn't get to know the characters well enough or their backstories and it just . . . wasn't enough.

(This is also one of those books I bought 7 years ago because I just HAD to read it. Sometimes you miss your window on books, but I don't think that was the case here. I th
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I'm always on the lookout for good sci fi romance as I think it's a criminally under-served genre these days. This one I loved! Even though they never really truly get to the romance part in this book (they better in the next one or then I will feel cheated), I found the plot thought-provoking, clever and unpredictable.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked

I have to admit Song of Scarabaeus started off slowly. It was sometimes difficult to wade through all sorts of technological terms to keep track of. Words like cypherteck, datastream, wet-teck interface, and biocyph retroviral automated terraformer (or BRATs for short) were thrown at me, making me wonder why I had picked up this book and whether it was switched with a tech nerd vocabulary. Then I adjusted and my reading was progressing more smoothly. Mind you it didn't feel like info
Miss Clark
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Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-release
Song of Scarabaeus is the first book in the Scarabaeus series and is definitely one worth putting on your list of books that you should read especially if you liked the Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series.
Recommended for those who enjoy Science Fiction, and Romance, although don’t expect a lot of sexual encounters in this first release. Not happening.

Edie Sha’nim was been forced to work for the Crib since she was 10 years old. She has absolutely no clue who her father was, and her mother disappea
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Song of Scarabaeus is science fiction with just a touch of romance, and a teeny bit of angst, but not enough to turn me off reading it.

Edie is a being from a planet called Talas Prime. Problem is, she was only half Talas, and half human so she was practically shunned growing up by the elders. She ends up being trained in wet-tech skills, as she was very skilled with working computers and programs. This is an era of people having splints inserted into their heads and/or finger tips to enhance th
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yaaaayyyy! What a fun, solid read! Despite my assumptions based on the cover, this book is first and foremost a sci-fi story, with romance playing a very distant second. In fact, except for the prototypical romance alpha hero traits that Finn, the hero, exhibits, I probably would not have thought this was related to romance at all. I wish he wasn't so typical, but his character was handled well enough that it did not detract much.

The technology is more unique (in my experience of reading sci-fi
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