Song of Scarabaeus

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Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, Edie's mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When renegade mercenaries kidnap Edie, she's not entirely sure it's a bad thing . . . until they leash her to a bodyguard, Finn?a former freedom fighter-turned-slave, beaten down but never broken. If Edie strays from Finn's side, he dies. If she doesn't cooperate, the pirates will ...

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Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, Edie's mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When renegade mercenaries kidnap Edie, she's not entirely sure it's a bad thing . . . until they leash her to a bodyguard, Finn—a former freedom fighter-turned-slave, beaten down but never broken. If Edie strays from Finn's side, he dies. If she doesn't cooperate, the pirates will kill them both.

But Edie's abilities far surpass anything her enemies imagine. And now, with Finn as her only ally as the merciless Crib closes in, she'll have to prove it or die on the site of her only failure . . . a world called Scarabaeus.

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Edie's long training as an advanced biocyph techie could not have prepared her for the challenges that would confront her when she is kidnapped by mercenary outlaws. In her scary new job assignment, she is yoked to a freedom fighter who doesn't know the meaning of the word "submit." The separation would mean a death sentence for both. A nuclear-powered romantic sci-fi thriller for fans of Linnea Sinclair and Ann Aguirre. A paperback original.

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This brilliantly conceived debut heralds a significant new talent. The secretive interstellar government called the Crib unleashed its “biocyph” terraforming technology on the planet Scarabaeus, but something went very wrong. Only sensitive, talented Edie Sha'nim, an orphan raised by the Crib and taught to program biocyph seeds, knows what happened. Rebel Fringe colonies, determined to escape the Crib's clutches, send freedom fighters to kidnap Edie, telepathically link her to handsome thug Finn, and promise her liberty if she shows them how to prevent the biocyph seeds' annual deactivation. Edie wants to trust Finn and help the rebels, but she doesn't dare explain her part in Scarabaeus's transformation into a planet of horrifying death. Creasy's convincing scientific speculation, appealing characterizations, and eerie alien landscapes make this science fiction romance deeply satisfying. (May)
Robin Hobb
“Traditionally, readers of fantasy are looking for well-developed characters while SF fans want plot and action. Song of Scarabaeus definitely has both going for it.”
Trudi Canavan
“The tension never lets up, both in the action and between the characters, from the first page to the last.”
Linnea Sinclair
“A powerful debut…gripping characterization, non-stop action, fascinating biological speculation, and a dash of romance. Don’t miss it!”
Vonda N. McIntyre
“A writer to watch. … The biological speculation rings with truth and possibility, the terraforming-gone-wrong creates an environment of delicious creepiness, and Creasy’s imaginatively-constructed universe draws the reader in.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061934735
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Creasy grew up in a tumbling-down Victorian house in England, where she tapped out her first stories on a tiny blue typewriter. After moving to southeastern Australia as a teenager, her love of all things fantastical hooked her on science fiction. Meanwhile, in real life, a biology degree led to work as an editor in the educational publishing industry. She was associate editor of Australia's science fiction and fantasy magazine Aurealis for several years, and her involvement with the SF community inspired her to write her first novel. Marriage to an American resulted in a second intercontinental move, and she lived in Arizona for five years. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    A terrific outer space science fiction romance

    The ultra top secret government agency the Crib deploys a "biocyph" technology to terraform the planet Scarabaeus. However, something goes terribly wrong and the planet is dying. Leadership of the Crib has no idea why and besides deploying the cover-up seeks explanations. The Crib raised orphan Edie Sha'nim because she possesses the innate talent and augmented with appropriate training and brainwashing to program biocyph seeds. Edie knows what caused the genocidal snafu.

    The Rebel Fringe colonies seek their freedom from the iron fist of the Crib's clutches know of her. Agents kidnap Edie and link her "telepathically" to Finn even as they want her to help them prevent the biocyph seeds annual deactivation. Edie fears telling Finn and the Rebels what she knows as she inadvertently played a key role in the destruction of Scarabaeus.

    Song of Scarabaeus is a terrific outer space science fiction romance with the emphasis on the science extrapolated from current trends. The planets add to that feeling of being out in deep space with their strange extraterrestrial surfaces while the lead coupling leashed together mentally is attracted to one another but each has to find a way to separate what their leaders programmed from what their hearts demand. Sara Creasy provides a winner with the lamenting haunting Song of Scarabaeus.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    This is a great sci-fi romance, but one of the many good things is that the romance isn't shoved down your throat and is more just a normal two-people thing than a 'romance' in the literary sense of the word. I think this will develop more over the course of the series, but for once it's nice to take things at a more slow and realistic pace.

    The characters in the this story are very well-developed, although I think we could have learned a little more about some of the side characters like Cat and Zeke. Creasy does a good job of having her characters be neither good nor bad. Their human and they all make human mistakes, but ultimately it is their final actions that show who they really are and what's important to them.

    The world building was good and in-depth, but I felt like it took me longer than it should have to get a hold on some things. Like what exactly the Crib is. I suppose it's pretty much their government/big brother, but it seemed like there was more to it than that that I wasn't getting. Also, I got the biocyph and how she communicated with it... but than all of a sudden she started talking about melodies and songs. OK, so in some way this biologically based information is translating into songs... I dunno, I felt like they just started calling it that but never really explained it at all. Especially given it's the title of the book.

    To summarize: I really liked the first 2/3rds of this book, and it took an interesting direction that I didn't expect, but something about the last 1/3rd dragged for me a bit. It did however turn around for me again at the very end, and I'll definitely continue with the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    fast-paced, action packed adventure

    Sara Creasy has tackled the Science Fiction community with her debut SONG OF SCARABAEUS. I love the chance to enter into a new world with a new author and I loved Ms. Creasy's new creation. I felt that she did a phenomenal job building her new worlds and characters. SONG OF SCARABAEUS is a fast-paced, action packed adventure, mixing in a lot of sci-fi technology, with an emotional backdrop that keeps the pages turning.
    Edie is a very strong woman, she never really had a chance to bond with people, and is very tech oriented, as that is all the Crib really let her be. While her interactions with others was limited, she didn't lack people skills nor compassion.
    Finn has been dealt a really bad hand in life. He was a commanding officer in war, then became a slave to the Crib's, who tried to break him, but never succeeded. Now he's expected to watch over Edie, but what he didn't expect was the emotions that would threaten to break through. 
    Honestly, I'm a sucker for any romantic elements, and I grew very attached to Edie and Finn and their budding relationship, I can't wait to see where future books take them. There is a strong chemistry between him and Edie, though they barely touched upon their emotions in this book. Edie was rightfully leery of any attachments, but slowly began opening up. I also want to see what is in store for Cat, Gia, Corky and Yasuo, to see what direction they will all go, and to see if the Crib empire will become diminished or if the revolutionaries will begin to gain power.  There are so many questions left unanswered that leave me hoping that a second book comes out soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    A Sonnet Review (from All-Consuming Books)

    "Meet Edie. She's a cypherteck who works
    with terraforming seeds called BRATs (a brand
    of bio-engineered sci-bomb which jerks
    a planet's ecosystem into shape and
    preps it for new colonists). She's kidnapped
    by rovers (space pirates) who need her aid
    in fixing dying Fringe worlds. Since her apt-
    itude is rare and vauled, Finn is made
    into her bodyguard--can't leave her or
    he'll die. Tension ensues. Now Edie must
    survive assassinations, restore
    planet Scarabaeus, and earn Finn's trust.
    Romantic subplot's sweet and feels legit--
    I only wish that there were more of it."


    I picked up this book because I was looking for another read like Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series--modern, mostly positive, science fiction written with a female audience in mind. I'm a big fan of science fiction, but I've mostly read very guy-centric SF, like cyberpunk, and I've recently grown more interested in SF stories that feel like a counterpoint to urban fantasy--action, intrigue, some humor, and no Big Messages about how We Are All Doomed, like a lot of dystopian SF has delivered in the past. Well, author Sara Creasy sure knows her science fiction, because Song of Scarabaeus is both brilliantly imagined and deeply entertaining.

    Edie's abilities are interesting and well-rendered, and she's also a very believable character. She grew up as an outcast on her primitive backwater world, but now she has skills that are vauled throughout the galaxy. But she doesn't let pride get to her. When Finn, a slave who was incarcerated for fighting on the wrong side during a galactic war, is assigned to her as a bodyguard, she thinks of his wellbeing, though everyone else treats him like an intelligent animal. Finn's boundary chip keeps him from leaving her (or else his head will go kaboom), and the two of them have to learn to work together under various hostile circumstances.

    This book only just narrowly missed a "A" rating because I felt that second half of the novel didn't live up to the promise of the first half--which is to say, that not everything unfolded like I was expecting. But Sara Creasy is now on my autobuy list, because if this lovely piece of excitement is what she produces for a debut, I can't imagine how awesome subsequent novels will be.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    This book is very enjoyable

    To call it a "romance" is stretching the definition, but it's an excellent read.

    A female cyber-techie physically hooks into the programming in just everything around her to try to set things back on track, but instead it keeps running further and further amok.

    There's lots of excitement as the multitudinous bad guys, bad gals and bad critters chase her around. She's stuck with the male hero nearby for the entire time or else he's going to blow up (not my idea of a romance, but it takes all types).

    The characters are developed a bit further than they usually are in this sort of action-packed story, but not far enough that it becomes a "girl story".

    I liked it and will read it again, eventually.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Sara Creasy-Song of Scarabaeus

    I have always preferred to read my dark urban fantasy and watch my SciFi (i.g. SG1, SGA, SGU, Farscape, BSG, etc.). While I am a huge scifi fan, I would consider this my first official scifi book.

    Besides my favorite selected authors, I feel like urban fantasy is spiraling down into a bit of a repetitive rut. Needing something new and inspiring, I decided to give this book a chance. I am so glad I did because this book was spectacular! It was exciting, imaginative, full of action and completely exceeded my expectations.

    For those fellow dark urban fantasy readers wondering how exactly to categorize this book; I would categorize it as a SciFi book dark urban fantasy style. Meaning the flow of the writing and lack of romance is similar to dark urban fantasy but instead of dealing with demons, vamps and fae, it focuses on planets, space and time instead. Also, for those who don't fancy romance and are wondering if they should take a chance with this book, contrary to this books description there wasn't one lick of romance; so don't let that false classification influence your decision.

    I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers who are looking for something different and I anxiously await the next book Children of Scarabaeus.

    In addition to my other recommendations, I would also like to recommend: J.A. Saare Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between, for some reason this book isn't listed on bn.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Don't bother.

    Weak characters. Plot is haphazard. A lot of action, yet still boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Really enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this book. The story line was very good and the characters were well developed and likable. I couldn't wait for the next book and I wasn't disappointed. I look forward to reading more from Sara Creasy.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Good read

    I enjoyed this book because it was SF with emotional human reactions. Don't like fantasy or vampire'ish' etc. books and this is pure SF for the most part. Nice interaction between the 2 main characters who are totally tied to each other for their own survival in a very interesting way.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Enthralling Cyberpunk Romance

    As a lover of SF Romance, I can't believe I never read this book before now! I fell in love with the characters and the world. So much so, I went out and bought CHILDREN OF SCARABAEUS immediately--and I'm seldom excited enough about a story to do that. The cyberpunk and biopunk blended nicely with the romance between Edie and Finn. This is s smart book with an intriguing concept. Dear, dear Finn. I am such a sucker for an emotionally wounded man who refuses to show he's hurting and still manages to step up and take control when he's needed. Plus, Creasy puts him in the role of reluctant protector from the very beginning. His hardened strength and realism complements Edie's sheltered view of her world. She is one of the most likeable female characters I've read in a while. I just wanted her to give into her desire for Finn at least once. I believe the sexual tension could have still been maintained even if they had consummated the relationship. The constant threat of separation, which went beyond the metaphorical distancing of a lover to be an actual life and death struggle, kept the stakes high. Adding a physical element to their relationship would only make those stakes higher. I can think of several great opportunities for this, like the skiff, the shower, the shared quarters. Come on, Edie, give Finn a little love--he hasn't been laid in the four years he was in prison.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Freaky and Awesome

    This book was freaky and awesome. Liked the merge of technology with people. Interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

    Hanging Plot Threads

    I'm assuming she's planning a sequel, because you're left hanging at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    love this book

    I really love this book i didn't think i would enjoy it as much as i did. I would recommend it to everyone. Can not wait to find out what happens next.

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