Title: Goddess in the Machine (Goddess in the Machine #1)
Author: Lora Beth Johnson (Debut)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: June 30th 2020 from Penguin Razorbill
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 ago, and for some reason, their descendants think Andra’s a deity. 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 Eerensed, has other plans. Four years ago, the sleeping Goddess’s glass coffin disappeared from the palace, and Zhade devoted himself to finding it. Now he’s hoping the Goddess will be the key to taking his rightful place on the throne–if he can get her to play her part, that is. Because if his people realize she doesn’t actually have the power to save their dying planet, they’ll kill her.
With a vicious monarch on the throne and a city tearing apart at the seams, Zhade and Andra might never be able to unlock the mystery of her fate, let alone find a way to unseat the king, especially since Zhade hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with Andra. And a thousand years from home, is there any way of knowing that Earth is better than the planet she’s woken to?
I was going through the new releases coming out this year this month and I found this STUNNING cover and the synopsis immediately intrigued me. I’ve really been getting into YA sci-fi a lot more over the years, with books like Unearthed, Renegades, This Mortal Coil and of course the gem Aurora Rising. Even the blurb of this book says it’s for fans of Marissa Meyer and Aurora Rising. So what’s not to love?
In all my time of blogging, I’ve really come to have a tender heart for debut novels. While I’m not published (I want to one day), I have seen debut authors talk about how nervous but excited they are. When working with Kelly Coon to promote Gravemaidens last year, I really got to know some of Kelly’s process and a lot of her thoughts when she shared them with the group. You never know how a book is going to do until it’s out in the world. But you know what? This book better become a bestseller dang it! The premise sounds incredibly unique to YA sci-fi and I think this will blow me away. Plus it has my TOP FAVORITE sci-fi cover of all time.
While this idea of someone waking up in the future, where civilization is so different from what you know isn’t new, I’m so stoked for this book! I think YA sci-fi has really been competing with the fantasy author as of late. You have authors like Emily Suvada, Marissa Meyer, Amie Kaufman, Neal Shusterman, Olivia A. Cole, Claudia Gray and even Brandon Sanderson offering various and diverse stories into the genre. I think this book, based off the stunning cover and premise, should have an amazing future. There’s at least 2 books planned from what Goodreads says. But if you’re a fan of YA sci-fi, keep this book on your radar! I know that I’m ready for another sci-fi book to hook me in like The Kingdom did last year.
Are you excited for this book? Have you heard of it? What other YA sci-fi books do you love? Let me know in the comments!