Book Review| Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Jhonson

Title: Goddess in the Machine

Author: Lora Beth Jhonson

Date of publication: June 30th, 2020

Publisher: Razorbill

Print length: Hardcover, 400 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance

Edition: audiobook

You can buy this book from Amazon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Writing Quality 3/5, Character Development 5/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 3/5, Intellectual Depth 3/5, Diversity 5/5, Originality 4/5, Overall 3.8/5.

Trigger Warnings: loss of family, death, murder, abuse.

The last science fiction book I read was Cinder, and I finished it a while back. I enjoyed that one, and I thought I would like this one just as much. Truth be told, it was a good book, but I wouldn’t have read it if it wasn’t for the audiobook.

The best thing about this book was, without a doubt, the main character, Andra. I had the chance to read about the main character, who wasn’t the typical female assassin. She was just a normal teenage girl who found herself in an unpleasing situation. She wasn’t the standard white and skinny girl, and I appreciated that. Andra was more on the plus-size part, and form the cover I could tell she was Asian. She also had a impulsive personality, and she knew what she wanted. Andra was a strong female protagonist, and I am all about it.

Another thing that I liked a lot about the book was the world building. It was very rich and quite gripping. A world where technology is seen as magic where the main character has to find a way to use technology. She has to keep herself from appearing too threatening, and get killed. Pretty cool if you ask me!

I also enjoyed the fact that the disappearance of Andra’s family wasn’t just to be. Every action that happens throughout the book has something to do with Andra’s family. It shows me how deep the connection they had before going into the colonist program, and I love that about this book.

On the other hand, there were also some things I didn’t quite like. Everybody was phasing the number and the impact of the plot twists. For me, they weren’t that great. They didn’t keep me as engaged as they should. Furthermore, they bored me. Most of them were foreseeable too.

Also, I didn’t quite connect with the characters either. It might be my problem, and it may not happen to everyone, but I think it was worth mentioning.

Overall, Goddess in the Machine was a good book. I still recommend it as I think it is a valid young adult book, and I could see myself coming back for the next book in the series.


As an only child, Lora Beth Johnson grew up telling herself stories and reading past her bedtime. She spent her adulthood collecting degrees, careers, and stamps in her passport before realizing her passion for creating fictional worlds. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching college English and learning new languages. She lives in Davidson, NC with her little roommate, Colocatire the Yorkipoo. Goddess in the Machine is her first book.


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