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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Goddess in the Machine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    So nice of Chrissy Teigen to pose for this cover! Edit: After being delayed by COVID-19 & the quarantine, I’ve finally gotten my copy of Goddess in the Machine just in time to celebrate its publication. I can’t wait to start reading! ☺️ *Thanks to Penguin Teen & BookishFirst for a finished copy! So nice of Chrissy Teigen to pose for this cover! Edit: After being delayed by COVID-19 & the quarantine, I’ve finally gotten my copy of Goddess in the Machine just in time to celebrate its publication. I can’t wait to start reading! ☺️ *Thanks to Penguin Teen & BookishFirst for a finished copy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    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 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 is happening. After a few chapters I was starting to understand what was going on, and after that I could not put it down. Once you start to understand this fantastic world, you don’t even realize that they speak a different dialect. This isn’t your typical YA fantasy book, there were so many twists that had me completely shocked. I loved our two main characters and the entire plot. You can tell the author spent so much time developing this world, which when I’m reading any sort of fantasy, I want the world building to be secure. Not to mention instead of magic, it’s technology that is so far advanced that in this new world the people think it is a “magic” of some sort. When Andromeda wakes up from her “sleep”, because she and a whole ship of people were traveling through space to start a new life on a new planet, she is astounded at what she sees. She doesn’t recognize anyone and everyone is calling her Goddess. She has to figure out what went wrong and where she really is, because 1000 years have passed not just 100. Our other main character, Zhade, was annoying, quirky, and full of sarcasm but you can’t help loving him. He has a lot of secrets that we slowly find out about that are jaw dropping. Zhade and Andra are superb main characters that you can’t help but root for throughout this spectacular book. I can’t stress how much I loved this book. While the beginning was a little slow the second half makes up for it. I mean it is plot twist after plot twist and full of action. I really appreciated how well developed the characters were, but in general just how much thought was put into this storyline. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, especially with that jaw dropping ending.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily Suvada

    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 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 rocky desert city, and secrets and lies and action. I love it. It's brilliant. And I hope you love it, too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    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 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 friends, heavy expectations from people around her in a vastly different and much more brutal society, and navigating the court intrigue that goes along with it. She is woken up Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Erensed- a handsome charmer with his own plans for the new goddess. Everyone has secrets and their own agenda, and there is a lot to learn. The world-building here is top notch. The author imagines what society might look like far in the future when English vernacular has shifted and technology is no longer well-understood and is instead viewed as magic with religious mythologies built up around it. And then you drop a teen girl from our not-so-distant future into that world. The people Andra encounters speak a slightly different dialect of English, but it's not hard to follow and get used to. When I say there are a lot of twists, I'm not kidding! There were a couple things that I was able to guess before they were revealed, but there were others that were completely unexpected. And I would say the first major revelation happens about halfway through the book. This will keep you guessing and leave you wishing book 2 was already available. Do be aware that this book gets quite violent with people being killed, depictions of blood, and discussions of ritualistic killing. Andra is apparently supposed to be somewhat curvy and is uncomfortable with her body, although it's unclear how much of that is just her internal dialogue. I had mixed feelings about how that was handled. But overall, I would definitely recommend this one. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Divine Anas

    THE COVER: AMAZEBALLS THE BLURB: AMAZEBALLS This kinda reminds me of Diabolic AND I'M HERE FOR ALL OF IT

  6. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | epochnovels

    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 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 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.” I love the Sleeping Beauty trope, and whether or not it was intentional, this thrilling Sci-fi adventure definitely played on those classic themes, and turned them on their heads! In the original fairytale we all know and love, it’s the charming prince who wakes the sleeping beauty up and saves the day. But it’s very apparent from the start that this prince definitely has his own agenda. And while he may be charming, he’s not the hero of this story. Andra is. ”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.” The Characters I really loved getting to see Andra’s reaction to every new challenge that was thrown at her, because BOY, did this world throw them. And throw them. And throw them. Her banter with Zhade was also so enjoyable to watch 😂 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.” Anastasia, anyone? Any book that references that movie in some way, knowingly or unknowingly, has my vote. The complicated dynamic between them was so interesting! It’s not necessarily enemies-to-lovers, but more like rescuer-to-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers-to-whatever-the-heck-they-are. It’s complicated, and fraught with tension, and I’m here for it. I also loved sweet sweet Lew. And Dzeni 🤧DON’T GET ME STARTED. They needed more screen time! ALSO, Lilibet and Kiv - oh sweet Moses, I want a brooding palace soldier. The World The world-building was definitely on another level. You can tell by reading the various vast descriptions of each change of setting and explanation of culture, that the author did her homework. She knows this world backward and forwards. Also, the language, while a little difficult to get used to at first, was such a unique insight into the dynamics of the world. There’s something so alluring about a story that must rely on the remnants of the past, to discover the mysteries of the future. I love stories that play on that dynamic, mostly because it’s so filled with tension for the reader: when the answers are technically right in front of you but have long faded away, and it’s left to the character and the reader to pick up the pieces. This story has that! As the reader, you’ll constantly be trying to puzzle together the past. What happened to Andra, who was the First Goddess, what are Zhade’s intentions, etc., There were times where I felt the story dragged a little, but let me tell you - that finale. Totally made up for it. Mind.Blown. However you think it might end, you’re wrong. Just take my word for it 😂 A big thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC of this book! Goddess in the Machine is out now! You can order your copy here: http://www.penguinteen.com/book/60269... To check out my Goddess in the Machine inspired Bookstagram post, click here:https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHK3T0An9L/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie L (catteabooks)

    um, honest to god, I really only added this because the title is so close to Ghost in the Shell

  8. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    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- 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-cutter books out there. In GODDESS IN THE MACHINE, I was transported to this world that was as mysterious to me as it was for Andra, who wakes up from cryonic sleep thinking she's with her family in an entirely different planet only to realize that she's the only one left, that she's overslept by a thousand years and these people who find her think she's a goddess, able to repair their failing dome around their city. The person who wakes her up from sleep is named Zhade, and he's a buff dude with scruff who talks funny, at least to Andra, and has his own agenda. He's funny, and kind but suspect. I never quite knew where his loyalties lie and I still don't. He kept me on my toes. Andra is everything I love in a protagonist in a story where she doesn't know wtf is going on. She's determined, intelligent, and empathetic. The author took her character and gave it life. We found out more about the world and its people through Andra bit by bit and kept the suspense going until the last page. This has strong science fiction elements, to warn you. But as much as it incorporated some technology and evolved human languages etc it did not bog down the story and it was very easy to follow. Give it a chance, anti-sci-fi peoples. You won't be disappointed. I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it so much I wish I could forget that I read it so I could read it again. I hope to snag whatever special edition a bookseller or book box has because this book is amazing. For all the books pics and giveaways, join me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/celiamcmaho...

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ankara C The 100 meets Cinder—with a dash of Planet of the Apes—Goddess in the Machine will be the latest YA sci-fi hit and definitely one of the strongest releases of 2020. No one would think that this is Lora Beth Johnson’s debut novel, but it is, and it is outstanding. A witty, refreshing take on the cryogenics trope on science fiction, Andra, the main character, wakes up a thousand years later than she was supposed to, just to find that her de Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ankara C The 100 meets Cinder—with a dash of Planet of the Apes—Goddess in the Machine will be the latest YA sci-fi hit and definitely one of the strongest releases of 2020. No one would think that this is Lora Beth Johnson’s debut novel, but it is, and it is outstanding. A witty, refreshing take on the cryogenics trope on science fiction, Andra, the main character, wakes up a thousand years later than she was supposed to, just to find that her destination planet is on the brink of devastation. Oh, and she is also considered a goddess, isn’t that a lovely scenario for a person to wake up to? That is as far as we can read, because, undoubtedly, the withdrawals and rationed revelations of information are the stars of the novel. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ivy Moore

    Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... "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 Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... "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 mysteries, flashbacks, and betrayals to satisfy any YA fan. Rating: four Bronze Thirds/five For Fans Of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    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 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 technology instead of magic): chosen one, awkward/insecure main character, snarky and (mostly) supremely capable male love interest who knows a lot more than he lets on, the evil king / court... But as the book went on, it started to surprise me more and more with clever little twists on the familiar YA tropes. This doesn't come out until June, but honestly, this is going to be one to keep an eye out for. And if there's a sequel (which I think is likely, based on the ending) you bet I'll be reading that one too!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I absolutely loved this book. Just like the main character, I had trouble understanding the people she meets' dialect at first but slowly became more used to it until I was not always even aware they were using different words then I am used to, but this helped to makethe main character even more relatable. Read the book in a single sitting as it just pulled me in and even when it ended left me wishing there was more, really looking forward to more books in the series. Received a copy from goodre I absolutely loved this book. Just like the main character, I had trouble understanding the people she meets' dialect at first but slowly became more used to it until I was not always even aware they were using different words then I am used to, but this helped to makethe main character even more relatable. Read the book in a single sitting as it just pulled me in and even when it ended left me wishing there was more, really looking forward to more books in the series. Received a copy from goodreads giveaway.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI ♠

    hello hello this is right up my alley and I am very interested hello hello this is right up my alley and I am very interested

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

    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 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 first chapter I was sure this would be a 5 star book for me. Then Andra met Zhade. And it all went downhill from there. To be honest, this book felt like a giant mashup of other stories. Aurora Rising was the most obvious, but also it reminded me of Futureman in certain scenes (especially the lack of technology in the NAG from season 2), Breathe by Sarah Crossan (the dome), and several other dystopian concepts I've read before. The only thing truly original about it was the language, and sadly that's the thing I hated the most. I think maybe I would have enjoyed this a lot more if the language, and the frustration it caused, hadn't utterly ruined this book for me. At first, I tried to suspend belief - it is, after all, a thousand years in the future, and who knows how much things will change in such a large span of time? But the more I read, the more it irritated me. After a thousand years of evolution, you want me to believe that we've devolved this much? Technology is seen as magic, and a kind of religion, and AI are referred to as angels. People who wake from cryosleep are seen as deities. They're basically living in a new dark age and seem completely uncultured and uneducated. Sure, it's possible - assuming something extreme happens and we lose touch with technology - but without a believable backstory (which we don't get, I have no idea how this world came to be because there's little to no history) it just seems farfetched. The language was absolutely ridiculous. I appreciate what the author was trying to do, and it was original, but I just couldn't handle it. The language devolved into slang so extreme that it was almost incomprehensible. The first time someone spoke, I had NO clue what the ever loving fuck he was saying. I actually had to read the paragraph twice and couldn't make sense of it. (Which I'm aware is the point, but it was just so jarring.) Again, I can appreciate the idea - Andra felt the same way, so we were getting what she was feeling: utter confusion and lack of comprehension. That was the only thing I liked about the execution. But it did not work for me. I did pick up on the language fairly quickly, but even when I could understand it, it had me sighing in frustration. -Gnatted = annoyed -Reck = know -Evens = okay -Marah = right? (this one took me forever to figure out and I scoffed when I did) -Skirl = squirrel (I legit rolled my eyes at this one) -Certz -Kidduns -Convo instead of talk, neg instead of no, peace instead of go somewhere, sorries instead of sorry, nerveful instead of nervous -The suffix -ish completely replaced EVERYTHING that ended it in -ly, which was by far the most frustrating one of all of them. Sometimes it made sorta sense - apparentish, especialish, unsuccesfulish; other times made ZERO sense whatsoever because it was tacked onto words where ish took away the meaning of them - definitish, resolutish, finalish oh and my personal favorite, legitimatish (hard eye roll at that one) -Some things were just straight up misspelled: skooled, sorcer, spoze Like I said, I can totally see where the author was going; but it was just so tedious and distracting that I wanted to rage quit halfway through, and it made me resent the book by the time more interesting things started happening. Speaking of things - I called the twist nearly 200 pages before it actually happened. (view spoiler)[I will say that I did not see it coming that she was actually still on Earth, so that was a good twist. But the little excerpt of the memo at part 3 was too much of a tell, in my opinion, and totally gave away the fact that Andra was an AI. I think it was intended to throw a red herring pointing to the AI that Andra befriended (I forget her name, oops), but to me it was just blatantly obvious that they were talking about Andra. (hide spoiler)] I was really hoping I was wrong - that twist felt so cliche - so when it was revealed that I was correct, I was just irritated instead of surprised. I'm not sure I would recommend this book. It most certainly was NOT for me. I do tend to be the black sheep, and the concept was interesting, so it's possible plenty of people will love this book. But, personally? I would say read Aurora Rising instead. This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alechia

    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 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 and definitely unreliable, you can't help but fall for him. Lew, Doon, Lillibet, Kiv, even Oz... they grab your heart and you'd do ANYTHING for them. I can't recommend this book enough, preorder, steal an arc of it, request your library to pick it up. You will LOVE it. I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    I'm always in need for some good sci-fi in my life, so let's hope this fits the bill

  17. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    4.5 stars read on my blog **I received an ARC from a festival (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** rep: fat biracial (Southeast Asian-Chinese, white) protagonist There’s always a balance to things. Where there’s worship, there’s dissent. Everyone’s god is a devil to others. Honestly, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, especially because I don’t really read science fiction. I had heard vaguely good things abou 4.5 stars read on my blog **I received an ARC from a festival (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** rep: fat biracial (Southeast Asian-Chinese, white) protagonist There’s always a balance to things. Where there’s worship, there’s dissent. Everyone’s god is a devil to others. Honestly, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, especially because I don’t really read science fiction. I had heard vaguely good things about it on Twitter, so I decided try it when I saw this at the book festival I went to. And I am so glad I took my chances because this was absolutely stunning. Goddess in the Machine delves into a world where people worship technology but don’t understand what it is, so they consider it divine. The first half is a slow build-up that introduces us to the world Andromeda (Andra) wakes up in. She was in stasis to travel to Holymyth, a settlement on another planet, with her family; except she’s woken up, not in a century as planned, but a whole millennium later. The person who wakes her up is Zhade, a bastard prince who knows Andra is his ticket back to the city, Eerensed. The people of this world think Andra is a goddess since she was in stasis. They don’t understand how the technology works, so they consider her to be holy. She has to piece together how her world has involved into this chaotic one, both linguistically and technologically. “Goddess,” he said. Then, “How do you like your worshippers?” The linguistics were really interesting; Johnson examines how a language can evolve over centuries. Andra’s way of speaking is already a touch different than ours, but in a way that we often see in books set in the future. However, the way the Eerensedians talk is comprehensible but extremely different from the way Andra speaks. She has to learn their slang and their accent, a dialect that they call High Goddess. Zhade is also a narrator, and, while it’s a bit difficult to read his chapters at first because of the different dialect, you quickly find yourself adapting to it and easily switching in and out of his and Andra’s manner of speaking, much like Andra herself gradually does. The ease in which this happens was a mark of how good the writing in this book is; I didn’t even notice when I grew comfortable reading both of their chapters. The technology was really what was so enticing about this book. Andra is from the twenty-second century, where they are entirely reliant on technology, whereas the world she wakes up in still has the same technology but they no longer recognize it for what it is. Instead, they call it magic, ‘bots angels (because they’re “immortal”), and the three people people who were in stasis but woke up like Andra? Goddesses. It’s utterly fascinating to see how society has adapted their understanding of something that’s so integral to daily life. They take what they don’t understand and consider it holy, turning technology into a religion. Right, so the first half was a bit slow but THE SECOND HALF OH MY GOD! It connected all the little details hinted at in the first half, but in ways you don’t expect. I mean, I saw a couple of things coming, but there were so many plot points thrown at you. I couldn’t put the book down, and it’s been months and I’m still processing honestly. I loved the differences between Andra’s and Zhade’s chapters. Dual perspective can be tricky because the narratives can sound the same, but Johnson very elegantly avoided this. I already mentioned the linguistic differences between them, but also their characterizations and how they perceive events are just so separate. They’ll go over the same events but you learn new details from each because their perceptions are so different, so it wasn’t at all repetitive. This is also in part because the way they understand the world around them differs. Also, even though we’re in their heads, they’re still keeping secrets from us, and I’m still thinking about that one reveal at the end… I don’t believe in the Goddess. I believe in Andra. They do have a bit of a romance, one that I liked. It’s not a huge part of the book though. Also, it’s mentioned that the world has evolved past people having separate ethnicities since it’s set a millennium in the future. I will say that it’s established that Andra’s father was Chinese from Southeast Asia (her grandma taught her Hokkien), but I would have liked an explicit statement. Goddess in the Machine is a standout debut from Johnson, one of the best debuts I’ve ever read. It’s amazingly written and takes worldbuilding to an entirely new level. I will be eagerly awaiting everything she writes, namely the sequel to this book because that ending ended me! original review: a bit slow in the first half but LET ME TELL YOU the second half was a wild ride from start to finish and I honestly need to process this for the next month

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole (FearYourEx)

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Helveston

    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I was hooked from page 1. A compelling sci-fi with fantasy prose and two main characters that you will fall in love with--Andra is so relatable and Zhade is a sass machine. AND. IT. HAS. A. BRILLIANTLY. CRAFTED. FUTURISTIC. DIALECT. You read that correctly. I thought I would be lost trying to read a dialect that doesn't exist but I was amazed at how my brain adapted so quickly and how it makes so much sense when you think about how language transforms over centuries? Anyway THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I was hooked from page 1. A compelling sci-fi with fantasy prose and two main characters that you will fall in love with--Andra is so relatable and Zhade is a sass machine. AND. IT. HAS. A. BRILLIANTLY. CRAFTED. FUTURISTIC. DIALECT. You read that correctly. I thought I would be lost trying to read a dialect that doesn't exist but I was amazed at how my brain adapted so quickly and how it makes so much sense when you think about how language transforms over centuries? Anyway, lovable characters, thrilling plot, thoughtful worldbuilding (down to the literal letter). I already can't wait for the sequel! Decide your fate. Read this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Gruenke

    I can say without a doubt that this is an absolute must read for sci-fi fans and fans of great books in general. I have been personally victimized by this book and I need the next one now. Right now. Gimmie it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    A Reader in Time

    edit: I can’t stop thinking about this book so I upped my rating to five stars, it’s amazing Thank you so much to Penguin Teen/Razorbill for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT! This is one of the most unique and fascinating YA sci-fi stories I have ever read. The author crafts such an amazing world that is so intricate and detailed. The author even wrote a new language as part of this book! That is just edit: I can’t stop thinking about this book so I upped my rating to five stars, it’s amazing Thank you so much to Penguin Teen/Razorbill for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT! This is one of the most unique and fascinating YA sci-fi stories I have ever read. The author crafts such an amazing world that is so intricate and detailed. The author even wrote a new language as part of this book! That is just impressive! There are so many twists and turns that occur in this book that just had me at the edge of my seat, eager to see what was going to happen next. The ending has me so excited for the sequel, which I need ASAP! The only reason this book isn't a five star read for me (it almost is!) is that it took me a long time to get situated in the world and understand the new language that was being used. The new language is similar to our English but it cuts out certain words or replaces them with something else so it sounds different. This is so cool but like anything new, it takes time to understand. This is by no means the fault of the book but I do want to mention that it took me until about 30-40% into the book to get a grasp on the language and begin to really get into the story. Overall, this is one of the most unique and fascinating sci-fi stories that I have ever read and I will be screaming about this book everywhere! This was such a great first book and I cannot wait to see what the author will do next, either in this series or any other books that she writes. I highly recommend this to sci-fi fans that are seeking a new sci-fi to dive into and fall in love with.

  22. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Days after finishing Goddess in the Machine I have no words for how fantastic it is. Not only is there absolutely fantastic world building, I loved the main characters. The story is told from dual POV which not only helps the readers get to know the world or Erensed, but also to witness the differences in perspectives. Can you imagine waking up from your sleep one day to find a thous (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Days after finishing Goddess in the Machine I have no words for how fantastic it is. Not only is there absolutely fantastic world building, I loved the main characters. The story is told from dual POV which not only helps the readers get to know the world or Erensed, but also to witness the differences in perspectives. Can you imagine waking up from your sleep one day to find a thousand years had passed and the world you woke up to is utterly alien? Why did I love Goddess in the Machine so much? First and foremost, it's got to be the unique world building and the amount of twists and turns in the plot. To me, both of these characteristics are sure to win my approval and love. Andra is a biracial fat MC who not only has to be quick on her feet, but also examine her own past of privilege, but also the ethics of technology. All while Zhade has all these layers of motivations, past grievances, and mystery. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)

    **I requested and received a physical ARC from the publisher** This was a wild ride! The new dialect, the futuristic and almost primal world was very interesting. This was very different and refreshing and man some stuff really surprised me! I have so many questions for the sequel!! While some of the middle didn't always grab me, the author is a genius with all the twisty things and not knowing what's going to happen. A stellar YA sci-fi book that you guys need to read when it comes out next mont **I requested and received a physical ARC from the publisher** This was a wild ride! The new dialect, the futuristic and almost primal world was very interesting. This was very different and refreshing and man some stuff really surprised me! I have so many questions for the sequel!! While some of the middle didn't always grab me, the author is a genius with all the twisty things and not knowing what's going to happen. A stellar YA sci-fi book that you guys need to read when it comes out next month 😁 review to come on the blog soon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Sanders

    Holy mother of fucking plot twist, followed by another plot twist! This book was GREAATTTTT I loved it, and I was so excited for it because I absolutely love Sci-Fi and this went places that I didn’t know it would go. Andra or Andromeda was supposed to wake up on a new planet with her family, instead she walks up drowning in her cryo tank with no one around to help her except a strange boy only to find out she woke up a 1000 years later and her family is dead! But this planet is weird and everyone Holy mother of fucking plot twist, followed by another plot twist! This book was GREAATTTTT I loved it, and I was so excited for it because I absolutely love Sci-Fi and this went places that I didn’t know it would go. Andra or Andromeda was supposed to wake up on a new planet with her family, instead she walks up drowning in her cryo tank with no one around to help her except a strange boy only to find out she woke up a 1000 years later and her family is dead! But this planet is weird and everyone refers to her as a goddess, but Andra is just a normal teenager who likes to read... or is she? Is Andra actually a goddess and this boy who saved her? What’s his endgame? I can not stress enough how much I loved this book, the world building was so impressive but the language of this planet was the best part, it really delved into how our own language may adapt and we literally learn to understand right when Andra does, it helps makes the story even better and now I just want to talk in this slang ALL THE TIME, who needs the basic English language, it doesn’t meteor 😏 Andra and her million plot twists of her life were great! Zhade was so funny and even heartwarming at times. We got both of their perspectives and it really helped understand both of their goals because they have super different goals but find themselves ya know, getting closer 😏😏😏 Absolutely love! Can’t wait for a finished copy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    *Spoiler free* When I heard about a book where a girl wakes up 1,000 years late and she's considered a goddess by the civilization around her. Technology is now considered magic and she's be killed if the vicious ruler finds out she's not actually a goddess. I sounded like a fantastic sci-fi book and I couldn't wait to read it! I could honestly write "so good" over and over again for hours and fine with it because that's how good this book is. Like, it's everything the synopsis promises it's going *Spoiler free* When I heard about a book where a girl wakes up 1,000 years late and she's considered a goddess by the civilization around her. Technology is now considered magic and she's be killed if the vicious ruler finds out she's not actually a goddess. I sounded like a fantastic sci-fi book and I couldn't wait to read it! I could honestly write "so good" over and over again for hours and fine with it because that's how good this book is. Like, it's everything the synopsis promises it's going to be and more. There's technology, a goddess who's not really a goddess, a bastard prince, a dying world, and a vicious ruler. It's so good and it's hard to pick a place to start screaming about. I guess I'll start at the technology, since that's as good a place as any! Let me tell you, it was fascinating. The way it's described, it's easy to imagine that it came from the technology that we have today. It was also incredibly complex. But, it was completely understandable. I was able to understand what everything was and how it worked. Johnson writes it in such a way that makes it understandable, fascinating, and slightly terrifying. Also the way it works with the world and how it evolved over time. Bots that could do hard labor and other things in that realm were moved to opening doors. A tablet that could do a tremendous amount of things was used as a flashlight. It was so cool to see how it evolved as people evolved. The world was also amazing. I have to be very careful with what I say because I don't want to spoil anything. The fragility of it was amazingly done. Everything about it was amazingly done. It's mostly desert and a whole lot sand. Alright alright, I'm talking about the plot twists now because THE PLOT TWISTS. When I got to the first one I was thinking, "Wow, this would have been cool to end the book on", because it was that big. BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE. There is plot twist after plot twist and I was left reeling after every single one. And they are all so well executed. They all fit perfectly into the story and made complete sense. And the sheer number of them is an incredible feat. Just, wow. I fell in love with every single character. Even the ones that had the smallest parts, like a guard who seems stoic, but is actually incredible sweet and a maid who never stops talking. The best friend who's adorable and his twelve year old sister who's incredibly badass. Just, all of them. They all have their own place in the story and I loved them all. Andra was stubborn and smart and she felt so human. SHE'S ALSO FAT. THERE WAS A FAT MAIN CHARACTER IN A SCI-FI BOOK. I was just a hodgepodge of emotions. I also really liked Zhade. I was surprised at how much he grew on me. He's snarky and his secrets are buried well. But, he's also incredibly smart. He's a bit of a jerk, but wow, the things he planned and the things he did. JOHNSON ALSO CREATED A NEW LANGUAGE FOR THIS BOOK. She's a genius. It's beyond amazing. It's also amazing how I wasn't sure of it in the beginning, but came to be completely in love with it in the end. It's like English, but not quite. It's mostly new slang used in this new time. It truly feels like what English would become as it evolved alongside the people. Plus, Zhade's chapters were written in this new language, which I thought was amazing. It was also pretty easy to catch on to and understand. All around, it was incredible. There's so much I want to talk about with this book, but I can't because of spoilers. Halfway through the book, everything changes. Then within the last 20ish pages, there's two huge plot twists. This book is constantly changing and evolving the best ways possible. I don't want to ruin any of it. So, this book is brutal. Johnson isn't afraid to rip your heart out again and again while leaving your reeling from reveals. It's bloody and filled with technology. I could honestly scream about this book for an incredible long time. It's so good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Breanne Weber

    This is my third time reading an arc of this book, because I CANNOT STOP. This book is ***everything*** I've always wanted in a YA novel. This is not an exaggeration. I've read a LOT of YA (you can take a peek at my shelves for proof) and *Goddess in the Machine* soars high above the rest. I'm a PhD student studying English with an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (so a bit of science/tech/language nerd myself), and I can tell you confidently how obvious it is that Lora Beth has done her This is my third time reading an arc of this book, because I CANNOT STOP. This book is ***everything*** I've always wanted in a YA novel. This is not an exaggeration. I've read a LOT of YA (you can take a peek at my shelves for proof) and *Goddess in the Machine* soars high above the rest. I'm a PhD student studying English with an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (so a bit of science/tech/language nerd myself), and I can tell you confidently how obvious it is that Lora Beth has done her research. She KNOWS the English language, she KNOWS theories of linguistic evolution, she KNOWS how technology has and continues to develop, and she KNOWS science fiction as a genre. *Goddess* clearly pays homage to so many of my favorite YA sf novels, but doesn't rely on overdone tropes. It plays to the best of science fiction while giving you something breathtakingly beautiful and new. tl;dr: GITM is fresh and well-researched and the plot twist will take your breath away and I'm not entirely sure how I can wait for a sequel to be honest. And I will just DIE if there is ever a screen adaptation, because this book deserves one. Please write new books forever, Lora Beth. I need more from you! And I cannot wait until June when this freaking gorgeous hardcover will take its rightful place on my top (read: most favorite YA) bookshelf.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I managed to snag this ARC at Yallfest. This was not at all what I was expecting. It's very heavy on the sci-fi aspects like nano tech, and ships, but it also felt dystopian. It took me awhile to get into. The author does an amazing job creating the world. Not only is it detailed, and the people are developed, but she went and created a language. At first it really felt like horribly botched English, but it ends up being much more complex than that. I enjoyed all the political maneuvering, and s I managed to snag this ARC at Yallfest. This was not at all what I was expecting. It's very heavy on the sci-fi aspects like nano tech, and ships, but it also felt dystopian. It took me awhile to get into. The author does an amazing job creating the world. Not only is it detailed, and the people are developed, but she went and created a language. At first it really felt like horribly botched English, but it ends up being much more complex than that. I enjoyed all the political maneuvering, and seeing how this world interacted with technology. The plot twist at the end was huge. Overall I found this to be a pretty strong start for the series. Based on the end, the next one should be quite chaotic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Porter

    I don't often read sci-fi. But when I pick up a sci-fi like Goddess in the Machine, I wonder why I don't read the genre more often! I was absolutely enthralled with this book. It starts out tense: Andra wakes up from a cryonic sleep after her journey across the galaxy, but she's a thousand years too late and everyone on the planet keeps calling her "Goddess." Andra has to figure out what went wrong on the spaceship, where her family is, and why everyone thinks she's deity. I think the plot is th I don't often read sci-fi. But when I pick up a sci-fi like Goddess in the Machine, I wonder why I don't read the genre more often! I was absolutely enthralled with this book. It starts out tense: Andra wakes up from a cryonic sleep after her journey across the galaxy, but she's a thousand years too late and everyone on the planet keeps calling her "Goddess." Andra has to figure out what went wrong on the spaceship, where her family is, and why everyone thinks she's deity. I think the plot is this book's strength. There's so many plot twists and so much tension. Andra is also a great character, and I LOVED how she was described as "chubby." We need more explicit body diversity in YA lit. Also, Johnson creates her own language in this book: an evolved version of English. The slang is hard to get used to at first, but by the end of the book, you feel like you've learned a second version of English. It's incredibly clever. All in all, this book surprised me, and I'll definitely be reading its sequel. Writing Aesthetic/Style: 4 Plot/Movement: 4.5 Character Development: 4 Overall: 4 Thank you, Razorbill and NetGalley, for the review copy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eilidh

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    I adore this book (and the author - who is the absolute sweetest)! It's everything a YA sci fi should be - fun, twisty, and unique. Even better, the setting isn't limited to a dark spaceship. We see vast landscapes, both gritty and beautiful (the beginning reminds me a bit of Star Wars). In fact, part of this takes place in a castle of sorts. It's a bit fantasy-esque actually, considering the religion and ruling system. Andra is a heroine to root for. We are dumped into her story right along wit I adore this book (and the author - who is the absolute sweetest)! It's everything a YA sci fi should be - fun, twisty, and unique. Even better, the setting isn't limited to a dark spaceship. We see vast landscapes, both gritty and beautiful (the beginning reminds me a bit of Star Wars). In fact, part of this takes place in a castle of sorts. It's a bit fantasy-esque actually, considering the religion and ruling system. Andra is a heroine to root for. We are dumped into her story right along with her, when she wakes up (drowning in her tank, mind you). Her friends and family are supposed to be there, but she somehow slept too long in a cryogenic tank, so when she wakes, she's not with anyone she recognizes - and they're referring to her as "Goddess'. So yeah. She's in the dark as much as the reader is, and piece by piece, we put it together with her. It makes for a compelling read. I was turning pages fast! The twists were so fun, especially one somewhere around the half way mark. My favorite, though, was Zhade. He's suuuuper interesting right from the start. We have no idea what he's up to or his real motives (I don't want to spoil much, but suffice it to say, it has to do with a bid for power. Everyone wants her for that). Anyway, I loved the banter between him and Andra. So yeeees. Definitely pick up this gem of a book!

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