[ Read Online Escaping Exodus º words PDF ] by Nicky Drayden ✓ Review to come I received an e ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review A unique matriarchal society set in space and filled with sci fi goodness and a tiny bit of horror concerning the idea of bodies I liked the ideas behind the story and how the characters tried to race against time as the Sister wants to get power in her own hands The lost star goes to the slightly YA feeling of the book If it had pages and it was set in the Adult spectrum of readers then it would be even spectacular.
I m so excited for y all to read this book This one really took me down a rabbit hole of weirdness If you re planning on joining me on this adventure with alien tentacles and royal space drama galore, why not pre order and get some amazing Escaping Exodus Swag An Afrofuturist love story, set inside a giant space creature, about two women of different castestop notch worldbuilding and sharp characterization Kirkus Reviewslink okay, while supplies last.
SPACE DRAMA BY DRAYDEN O Review to come I received an e ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review A unique matriarchal society set in space and filled with sci fi goodness and a tiny bit of horror concerning the idea of bodies I liked the ideas behind the story and how the characters tried to race against time as the Sister wants to get power in her own hands The lost star goes to the slightly YA feeling of the book If it had pages and it was set in the Adult spectrum of readers then it would be even spectacular.
I m so excited for y all to read this book This one really took me down a rabbit hole of weirdness If you re planning on joining me on this adventure with alien tentacles and royal space drama galore, why not pre order and get some amazing Escaping Exodus Swag An Afrofuturist love story, set inside a giant space creature, about two women of different castestop notch worldbuilding and sharp characterization Kirkus Reviewslink okay, while supplies last.
SPACE DRAMA BY DRAYDEN O The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss website in exchange for an honest review Wow, what a boring and confusing book It reminded me a lot of Space Opera by Catherine M.
Valente and in a bad way because I despised that book If it weren t arc, I might ve dnfed this novel altogether.
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5 stars maybe I LOVED the first two thirds of this for its weirdness and originality and delightfully disgusting body horror It has fabulous world building The story, which centers on a unique matriarchal society living inside a giant space beast, is quite unlike anything I ve read before there s so much shit and puke and oozing viscera all over the place.
The final third, though, has to be one of the most disappointing and hair pullingly frustrating things I ve read in a long time It just took such a huge and shockingly swift downturn in quality Suddenly plot threads were left dangling all over the place, emotional development stalled, and character consistency went out the window I reached a point where I was actively rooting against these people when I know I was definitely not meant to be What a bunch of feckless narcissists espousing progressive values.
Overall I think that the story the author wanted to tell was hampered by two things first, it was too ambitious for the space it had, with too many different competing ideas and none of them properly developed It really needed at least another 100 200 pages to flesh out the story Or, alternately, it could have worked well as a solid novella if the focus had been narrowed slightly Either would have been better than this messy, disjointed ending.
It was also, in my opinion, hampered by the YA coming of age feel It insulates the reader from any intense emotions of which there should be many given the events and the general brutality of it all But I wanted to feel all of that Give me MORE BRUTALITY I wish she d pushed it to the max, or at least that I d gone in with different expectations.
Anywho Yeah I went to bed frustrated and had bad dreams, so I m just going to stop now before I get even ranty Escaping Exodus Is A Story Of A Young Woman Named Seske Kaleigh, Heir To The Command Of A Biological, City Size Starship Carved Up From The Insides Of A Spacefaring Beast Her Clan Has Just Now Culled Their Latest Ship And The Workers Are Busy Stripping Down The Bonework For Building Materials, Rerouting The Circulatory System For Mass Transit, And Preparing The Cavernous Creature For The Onslaught Of The General Populous Still In Stasis It S All A Part Of The Cycle Her Clan Had Instituted Centuries Ago Excavate The New Beast, Expand Into Its Barely Living Carcass, Extinguish Its Resources Over The Course Of A Decade, Then Escape In A Highly Coordinated Exodus Back Into Stasis Until They Cull The Next Beast From The Diminishing HerdAnd Of Course There Wouldn T Be Much Of A Story If Things Didn T Go Terribly, Terribly Wrong Escaping Exodus Is Scheduled To Be In Readers Orbit Summer Daidi s bells What a weird, wickedly funny, and ultimately empathetic ride Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Netgalley Trigger warning for slavery, mass murder, rape, and animal abuse This review contains some general spoilers about the world building so please skip it if you want to read the book with fresh eyes She I ask, eyes wide Never in all my dizzy dreams had I thought that our beast was something other than a thing, an animate object, a sustainer of life The idea intrigues me Scares me some, too.
We are careful, taking only what the other offers, knowing that a connection like this is deeper than either of us can fully comprehend He reads poetry to my spleen I tell fairy tales to his bile ducts The inside of his navel is a vast, unexplored desert He lounges upon the cushion of my lips His desires rise, and I pretend not to notice, diving right into the pool of tears caught in the corner of his eye I don t make a single splash And while I swim laps, he hikes across the boundless expanse of my molars, and then I m climbing up his chest hairs We re curious, playful Adventuresome The landscapes of our bodies like the foreign world we orbit Is this how the beasts communicate with one another A life without secrets Becoming intimately familiar with everyone you touch All throughout our history, we sing of two kinds of women those born into power and those who disrupt power I intend on being the latter Excavation, extinction, exodus these are the phases that define humanity s existence hundreds thousands of years in the future.
Forced to flee a dying earth, humans took to the skies, eking out a rugged existence searching, in vain, for a habitable planet Instead, they found the Zenzee enormous, tentacled animals whose rough hides and bodily secretions allow them to soar through space, as if it was water Social creatures through and through, they travel in great herds, communicating through touch and flashing lights Humans being, well, human, we did what we do best attacked, dominated, conquered, oppressed Captured, consumed, culled In short, we made the Zenzee our ships our homes When a new beast is taken, a contingent of workers is sent ahead to make its barely living zombie carcass habitable excavation Its hide is harvested for leather its flora reshaped into fields its parasites, harvested for food Bones are reshaped to provide infrastructure Every part of the beast is twisted, bent and broken to serve out needs And what of humanity We reshape ourselves into parasites And we are greedy ones, at that beasts with a natural lifespan of thousands of years, we deplete within a decade extinction Then we simply repeat the cycle again, killing and abandoning one animal after the next exodus So it has been for roughly six hundred and fifty years But the newest ruler a young woman named Seske or Matriling Kaleig Seske Ashad Nedeema Orshidi Midikoen Ugodon Niosoke Kaleigh if you re feeling especially stuffy is poised to change things She s not the only renegade on the ship, though also working to effect change is Adalla, Seske s childhood bestie and soul mate , a lowly beastworker who Seske was forced to shun once she reached marriageable age Sekse s betrothed, a man named Doka and Wheytt, one of the few male Accountacy Guards.
I almost passed on Escaping Exodus As an ethical vegan read vegan for animal rights reasons , the thought of plunging into a make believe world where animals are routinely and brutally oppressed in such a way let s just say, it s not my idea of relaxing escapism But I also love interrogating pop culture from an animal rights perspective, so there you go And, y all, I am so glad I made the leap Escaping Exodus is a wildly inventive, wickedly funny, twisty turny science fiction story that, at its core, has a giant bleeding heart both literally and metaphorically This book is brimming with compassion and examples of humanity at its best Escaping Exodus is told from the alternating perspectives of Seske and Adalla, as each girl hovers on the precipice of adulthood For Seske, this means taking a wife or husband the first of eight You see, in order to keep the ship s population in check, family units are strictly regulated Matris Tendasha made the Rule of Tens that helped to counteract the population explosion after the Great Mending Ten fingers Pai opens his hands and wriggles his long, slender fingers, patinaed with the deepest shade of orange Ten persons in the family unit Three men, six women, and a child shared between them all Ten for Tendasha Seske s is a matriarchal monarchy, and she s next in line to rule after Matris, one of her six mothers, passes away As such, her choice of mate is especially important read political, calculating, stifling Yet Seske s position her very existence is but a fluke of nature Seske was the second child conceived in her family unit, but arrived four months early, thus beating Sisterkin by a hair By all rights, Seske s younger sister sister being a slur in this culture , deemed so unimportant that she s not even granted a name, should be the next ruler Paradoxically, and by a mere technicality, she should have been killed upon birth, and fed back to the ship But Matris s weakness may prove to be Seske s downfall, as Sisterkin plots against her in the background I said this was a twisty turner thriller, did I not.
Meanwhile, a natural talent for sensing the rhythms of the beast s heart scores Adalla a coveted promotion to caring for the creature s heart But life comes at you fast, as Adalla wryly observes, and her grief at losing Seske quickly spirals out of control, eventually landing her in the slums of the boneworkers Vapors aren t the only thing whispering through the working class before she can say Daidi s bells , Adalla is fomenting her own kind of revolution.
What s interesting is how each woman arrives at the realization that their society is corrupt, built on the broken backs and brutalized bodies of others, rotting from within Early in the story, when she s off getting into mischief as plucky heroines are wont to do, Seske accidentally stumbles upon the womb of their beast and it is not empty The beast that Matris has chosen for them is pregnant, and the fetus is draining precious resources, further taxing the Zenzee s already injured body and hastening another exodus The workers are trying in vain to kill the fetus And this is when the young Zenzee reaches out to Seske for help Through her interactions with the fetus and, later, an adult Zenzee Seske comes to accept that which she already knows, if only subconsciously the Zenzee are sentient animals They are capable of feeling pain and suffering of experiencing joy and happiness They form bonds and love their children, their mates, their friends And they are forced to sit back and watch as we capture and colonize their loved ones Because of the intimate way in which they communicate, they feel their loved ones pain as acutely as if it was their own Their lives predate human existence yet, as we continue to deplete their herd, they likely will not survive humanity What gives us the right to put our survival above their own Adalla, for her part, comes to epiphany along two parallel roads Caring for her heart, cutting away murmurs, learning to anticipate an arrhythmic beat Adalla forms an intimate connection with the beast, which eventually results in her humanizing their would be vessel The beast transitions from an it to a her a something to a someone From there, it s just a short hop to accepting that the animal has her own thoughts, feelings, and desires not the least of which is the will to live.
The second road reveals yet another crack in the foundation of Adalla s society The grisette colloquially known as a bucket waif, for the mindless, repetitive job she performs assigned to Adalla looks achingly familiar After some digging, Adalla discovers an especially nasty open secret in order to excavate a beast as quickly as possible, slave laborers are grown in vats and then destroyed when their services are no longer needed Dissolved into fertilizer for the ship, in an especially grisly scene Skilled beastworkers and their husbands are paid a handsome sum to donate their eggs and sperm In a society where siblings are unheard of, Adalla s brood sister is destined to become plant food So while the world Drayden imagines here is rife with suffering and oppression, there is hope in Seske, in Adalla, and in the world they want to rebuild on the ashes of the old one But complications about, as they always do, and Escaping Exodus has some pretty jarring twists late in the game I m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending we certainly didn t land where I expected But it s an ending that s replete with hope, trust, and empathy, and that s good enough for me.
I also thought it a bold choice to make Seske s society a matriarchy It s not unusual to think hope that a society ruled by women would be a kinder, peaceful and equitable one Yet interrogate this idea further and you ll see that it rests on some gender essentialist bullshit As a whole, women are not naturally compassionate or nurturing than men rather, these are the traits that society fosters in women Women can be just as brutal, selfish, and hateful as men Why wouldn t Seske s culture be marked by stark class differences, poverty, inequality, slavery, sexism, and other forms of oppression, when women are in charge yet still place a premium on stereotypically masculine traits Even interesting, imho, is how Seske s ship came to adopt a matriarchy As we discover at the end of the book, hers is but one of seven surviving ships from Earth, each having evolved along separate lines, developing its own unique culture, rule of governance, etc How did women seize control of her ship And why are the citizens predominantly or exclusively Black How did b influence a, if at all I am dying for a prequel Social justice and animal friendly plot lines aside, Escaping Exodus is a just a damn good book The world building is simply breathtaking crafting a sky faring creature into a ship is hella inspired if heartbreaking , and the descriptions of the ship s interior are fascinating Seske s encounters with the Zenzee arguably humane than us are marvelous These are some of the most beautiful and bizarre passages I ve ever encountered Really mind bending stuff Think Octavia E Butler And Drayden s sense of humor Truly gross out wicked I mean, talk about your body horror Between Seske tricking her new groom Doka into deflowering a gel puppet, and Seske expelling a Zenzee fetus from her vag, there are plenty of WTF moments that will either make you hysterical laugh, or else chuck the book across the room in disgust It s not for everyone, okay.
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review This book starts with a very intriguing premise I loved how creative and original it is The story does a really good job of pulling the reader into a world of the strange and weird It s a bit confusing at first but once you get into the story, the concept and world building were mesmerizing The pacing of the story was fast and with every page, there was a new twist The characters were well written and had a lot of emotional development I really like that this is a very character driven book If you are a fan of science fiction, I think that you will enjoy reading this book.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgally in return for an honest review.
This book was WEIRD But it was a weird I liked Reading about a civilization that lives inside of space faring beasts is pretty uncommon and I was fascinated The matriarchal authority as well as the role that males have in the hierarchy and family dynamic was just as fascinating as the fact that they are literally living inside of a huge creature The writing itself is fantastic and very descriptive, reminds me a lot of N.
K Jemisin I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading weird scifi stories that are well written



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5 stars maybe I LOVED the first two thirds of this for its weirdness and originality and delightfully disgusting body horror It has fabulous world building The story, which centers on a unique matriarchal society living inside a giant space beast, is quite unlike anything I ve read before there s so much shit and puke and oozing viscera all over the place.
The final third, though, has to be one of the most disappointing and hair pullingly frustrating things I ve read in a long time It just took such a huge and shockingly swift downturn in quality Suddenly plot threads were left dangling all over the place, emotional development stalled, and character consistency went out the window I reached a point where I was actively rooting against these people when I know I was definitely not meant to be What a bunch of feckless narcissists espousing progressive values.
Overall I think that the story the author wanted to tell was hampered by two things first, it was too ambitious for the space it had, with too many different competing ideas and none of them properly developed It really needed at least another 100 200 pages to flesh out the story Or, alternately, it could have worked well as a solid novella if the focus had been narrowed slightly Either would have been better than this messy, disjointed ending.
It was also, in my opinion, hampered by the YA coming of age feel It insulates the reader from any intense emotions of which there should be many given the events and the general brutality of it all But I wanted to feel all of that Give me MORE BRUTALITY I wish she d pushed it to the max, or at least that I d gone in with different expectations.
Anywho Yeah I went to bed frustrated and had bad dreams, so I m just going to stop now before I get even ranty The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss website in exchange for an honest review Wow, what a boring and confusing book It reminded me a lot of Space Opera by Catherine M.
Valente and in a bad way because I despised that book If it weren t arc, I might ve dnfed this novel altogether.
Daidi s bells What a weird, wickedly funny, and ultimately empathetic ride Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Netgalley Trigger warning for slavery, mass murder, rape, and animal abuse This review contains some general spoilers about the world building so please skip it if you want to read the book with fresh eyes She I ask, eyes wide Never in all my dizzy dreams had I thought that our beast was something other than a thing, an animate object, a sustainer of life The idea intrigues me Scares me some, too.
We are careful, taking only what the other offers, knowing that a connection like this is deeper than either of us can fully comprehend He reads poetry to my spleen I tell fairy tales to his bile ducts The inside of his navel is a vast, unexplored desert He lounges upon the cushion of my lips His desires rise, and I pretend not to notice, diving right into the pool of tears caught in the corner of his eye I don t make a single splash And while I swim laps, he hikes across the boundless expanse of my molars, and then I m climbing up his chest hairs We re curious, playful Adventuresome The landscapes of our bodies like the foreign world we orbit Is this how the beasts communicate with one another A life without secrets Becoming intimately familiar with everyone you touch All throughout our history, we sing of two kinds of women those born into power and those who disrupt power I intend on being the latter Excavation, extinction, exodus these are the phases that define humanity s existence hundreds thousands of years in the future.
Forced to flee a dying earth, humans took to the skies, eking out a rugged existence searching, in vain, for a habitable planet Instead, they found the Zenzee enormous, tentacled animals whose rough hides and bodily secretions allow them to soar through space, as if it was water Social creatures through and through, they travel in great herds, communicating through touch and flashing lights Humans being, well, human, we did what we do best attacked, dominated, conquered, oppressed Captured, consumed, culled In short, we made the Zenzee our ships our homes When a new beast is taken, a contingent of workers is sent ahead to make its barely living zombie carcass habitable excavation Its hide is harvested for leather its flora reshaped into fields its parasites, harvested for food Bones are reshaped to provide infrastructure Every part of the beast is twisted, bent and broken to serve out needs And what of humanity We reshape ourselves into parasites And we are greedy ones, at that beasts with a natural lifespan of thousands of years, we deplete within a decade extinction Then we simply repeat the cycle again, killing and abandoning one animal after the next exodus So it has been for roughly six hundred and fifty years But the newest ruler a young woman named Seske or Matriling Kaleig Seske Ashad Nedeema Orshidi Midikoen Ugodon Niosoke Kaleigh if you re feeling especially stuffy is poised to change things She s not the only renegade on the ship, though also working to effect change is Adalla, Seske s childhood bestie and soul mate , a lowly beastworker who Seske was forced to shun once she reached marriageable age Sekse s betrothed, a man named Doka and Wheytt, one of the few male Accountacy Guards.
I almost passed on Escaping Exodus As an ethical vegan read vegan for animal rights reasons , the thought of plunging into a make believe world where animals are routinely and brutally oppressed in such a way let s just say, it s not my idea of relaxing escapism But I also love interrogating pop culture from an animal rights perspective, so there you go And, y all, I am so glad I made the leap Escaping Exodus is a wildly inventive, wickedly funny, twisty turny science fiction story that, at its core, has a giant bleeding heart both literally and metaphorically This book is brimming with compassion and examples of humanity at its best Escaping Exodus is told from the alternating perspectives of Seske and Adalla, as each girl hovers on the precipice of adulthood For Seske, this means taking a wife or husband the first of eight You see, in order to keep the ship s population in check, family units are strictly regulated Matris Tendasha made the Rule of Tens that helped to counteract the population explosion after the Great Mending Ten fingers Pai opens his hands and wriggles his long, slender fingers, patinaed with the deepest shade of orange Ten persons in the family unit Three men, six women, and a child shared between them all Ten for Tendasha Seske s is a matriarchal monarchy, and she s next in line to rule after Matris, one of her six mothers, passes away As such, her choice of mate is especially important read political, calculating, stifling Yet Seske s position her very existence is but a fluke of nature Seske was the second child conceived in her family unit, but arrived four months early, thus beating Sisterkin by a hair By all rights, Seske s younger sister sister being a slur in this culture , deemed so unimportant that she s not even granted a name, should be the next ruler Paradoxically, and by a mere technicality, she should have been killed upon birth, and fed back to the ship But Matris s weakness may prove to be Seske s downfall, as Sisterkin plots against her in the background I said this was a twisty turner thriller, did I not.
Meanwhile, a natural talent for sensing the rhythms of the beast s heart scores Adalla a coveted promotion to caring for the creature s heart But life comes at you fast, as Adalla wryly observes, and her grief at losing Seske quickly spirals out of control, eventually landing her in the slums of the boneworkers Vapors aren t the only thing whispering through the working class before she can say Daidi s bells , Adalla is fomenting her own kind of revolution.
What s interesting is how each woman arrives at the realization that their society is corrupt, built on the broken backs and brutalized bodies of others, rotting from within Early in the story, when she s off getting into mischief as plucky heroines are wont to do, Seske accidentally stumbles upon the womb of their beast and it is not empty The beast that Matris has chosen for them is pregnant, and the fetus is draining precious resources, further taxing the Zenzee s already injured body and hastening another exodus The workers are trying in vain to kill the fetus And this is when the young Zenzee reaches out to Seske for help Through her interactions with the fetus and, later, an adult Zenzee Seske comes to accept that which she already knows, if only subconsciously the Zenzee are sentient animals They are capable of feeling pain and suffering of experiencing joy and happiness They form bonds and love their children, their mates, their friends And they are forced to sit back and watch as we capture and colonize their loved ones Because of the intimate way in which they communicate, they feel their loved ones pain as acutely as if it was their own Their lives predate human existence yet, as we continue to deplete their herd, they likely will not survive humanity What gives us the right to put our survival above their own Adalla, for her part, comes to epiphany along two parallel roads Caring for her heart, cutting away murmurs, learning to anticipate an arrhythmic beat Adalla forms an intimate connection with the beast, which eventually results in her humanizing their would be vessel The beast transitions from an it to a her a something to a someone From there, it s just a short hop to accepting that the animal has her own thoughts, feelings, and desires not the least of which is the will to live.
The second road reveals yet another crack in the foundation of Adalla s society The grisette colloquially known as a bucket waif, for the mindless, repetitive job she performs assigned to Adalla looks achingly familiar After some digging, Adalla discovers an especially nasty open secret in order to excavate a beast as quickly as possible, slave laborers are grown in vats and then destroyed when their services are no longer needed Dissolved into fertilizer for the ship, in an especially grisly scene Skilled beastworkers and their husbands are paid a handsome sum to donate their eggs and sperm In a society where siblings are unheard of, Adalla s brood sister is destined to become plant food So while the world Drayden imagines here is rife with suffering and oppression, there is hope in Seske, in Adalla, and in the world they want to rebuild on the ashes of the old one But complications about, as they always do, and Escaping Exodus has some pretty jarring twists late in the game I m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending we certainly didn t land where I expected But it s an ending that s replete with hope, trust, and empathy, and that s good enough for me.
I also thought it a bold choice to make Seske s society a matriarchy It s not unusual to think hope that a society ruled by women would be a kinder, peaceful and equitable one Yet interrogate this idea further and you ll see that it rests on some gender essentialist bullshit As a whole, women are not naturally compassionate or nurturing than men rather, these are the traits that society fosters in women Women can be just as brutal, selfish, and hateful as men Why wouldn t Seske s culture be marked by stark class differences, poverty, inequality, slavery, sexism, and other forms of oppression, when women are in charge yet still place a premium on stereotypically masculine traits Even interesting, imho, is how Seske s ship came to adopt a matriarchy As we discover at the end of the book, hers is but one of seven surviving ships from Earth, each having evolved along separate lines, developing its own unique culture, rule of governance, etc How did women seize control of her ship And why are the citizens predominantly or exclusively Black How did b influence a, if at all I am dying for a prequel Social justice and animal friendly plot lines aside, Escaping Exodus is a just a damn good book The world building is simply breathtaking crafting a sky faring creature into a ship is hella inspired if heartbreaking , and the descriptions of the ship s interior are fascinating Seske s encounters with the Zenzee arguably humane than us are marvelous These are some of the most beautiful and bizarre passages I ve ever encountered Really mind bending stuff Think Octavia E Butler And Drayden s sense of humor Truly gross out wicked I mean, talk about your body horror Between Seske tricking her new groom Doka into deflowering a gel puppet, and Seske expelling a Zenzee fetus from her vag, there are plenty of WTF moments that will either make you hysterical laugh, or else chuck the book across the room in disgust It s not for everyone, okay.
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review This book starts with a very intriguing premise I loved how creative and original it is The story does a really good job of pulling the reader into a world of the strange and weird It s a bit confusing at first but once you get into the story, the concept and world building were mesmerizing The pacing of the story was fast and with every page, there was a new twist The characters were well written and had a lot of emotional development I really like that this is a very character driven book If you are a fan of science fiction, I think that you will enjoy reading this book.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgally in return for an honest review.
This book was WEIRD But it was a weird I liked Reading about a civilization that lives inside of space faring beasts is pretty uncommon and I was fascinated The matriarchal authority as well as the role that males have in the hierarchy and family dynamic was just as fascinating as the fact that they are literally living inside of a huge creature The writing itself is fantastic and very descriptive, reminds me a lot of N.
K Jemisin I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading weird scifi stories that are well written