Approachable writing style punctuates this sci-fi YA fantasy.

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The Goddess In The Machine follows Andra, a young girl who was asleep for a thousand years, waking up in a new and unfamiliar world wherein she is presumed to be a "Goddess" and major figurehead for the surviving people. This is a dystopian YA sci-fi fantasy. Despite taking place so far in the future, there is an old feeling to the world. As if a reset button was pressed by the desolation experienced across 1,000 years and society revisits what I would think would be older concepts like having a monarchy. The chapters switch back and forth between Andra and her companion, Zhade. Zhade is well entrenched in the new world. His chapters and Andra's are very different but complement each other well. The dual perspectives serve to flesh out the world more while keeping in mind Andra's more relatable origins, being raised on Earth so many years ago. Later chapters have some satisfying turns and unexpected developments. My main gripe would be that the world of Eerensed is not a colorful place ripe for exploration and discovery; rather, it's just kind of sad and treacherous and Andra herself doesn't get to do many interesting things for large early swathes of the story. Another smaller gripe is the language differences between Zhade and Andra. Zhade's dialect doesn't come off as some mysterious futuristic lingo but rather more like some bastardized version of a cockney accent. I don't know of a better way to describe it but when it comes to sci-fi I like to envision something more polished and inspiring of wonder rather than what is detailed here in Goddess In The Machine. I definitely give the author credit for the amount of detail she has put into Eerensed and its various curiosities. While not altogether interesting, the inspired depth is clear to see.