Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson – First Impression #6

I got the first 55 pages of this book from readersfirst.co.uk and this is my first impression

52894698._SX318_SY475_Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Re-released Date: 30 Jun 2020
Sample Pages: 55p
My First Impression Rating:

Synopsis (1)

Andra wakes up from a cryogenic sleep 1,000 years later than she was supposed to, forcing her to team up with an exiled prince to navigate an unfamiliar planet.

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?

FirstImpression (1)

The premise of  “Goddess in the Machine” sounds pretty cool.  I teenage girl wakes up after 1000 on an unfamiliar plate where the inhabitant thinks she is a Goddess. An exile prince that wants to take back his throne. It’s a mish-mash of fantasy and Sci-Fi tropes and it could really be something unique and interesting.

Unfortunately from the first pages, a was hit with some YA cliché that I personally don’t enjoy…

First, and that’s probably just me but, the main character is called Andromeda and I’ve seen that name used in Sci-fi way too many times.

Then, as soon as Anda wakes up and while she is still panicking and trying to figure out where she is, she still has time to observe the boy that is staring at her, is handsome with some dark secrets… Really?

As mentioned above our love interest in your classic arrogant, handsome, mysterious guy with a dark past…

And then you have his gentle, nice and carrying sidekick.

The author is throwing some tech words that, as a software developer, made me really feel like she was just using those words without really knowing what they mean.

This was my first impression. Not the best by I’m still convinced that the main concept sounds very interesting and I pretty sure many will enjoy this book. Unfortunately for me, it had one too many clichés that I don’t like.


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