Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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In the 22nd century, Andra is put into cryogenic sleep for a hundred year trip across the galaxy with a million others to colonize a new planet. When she wakes it’s 3102 and everyone is calling her “Goddess”. The other colonists, her friends, and her family are long dead. Zhade, the bastard prince of Eerensed and the one who woke Andra, plans to use Andra to take the crown and save his city.
I’m such a fan of fiction that deals with tech and technical ethics but in a creative and unique way. The author imagines what changes the English language would undergo over the course of a thousand years. The language changes intrigued me but also slightly annoyed me at the beginning. Once I got into a groove with the book, I got used to the style.
Goddess in the Machine is told in alternating third-person focused on Andra and Zhade. I struggled a bit with Zhade’s perspective, given that it heavily relies on the futuristic improvements to the English language.
I highly recommend Goddess in the Machine for fans of futuristic sci-fi that comments on technical ethics in a fun way.
Thank you to Penguin Teen, BookishFirst, and Netgalley for my gifted copies. All opinions are my own.