Song of Scarabaeus

Song of Scarabaeus

by Sara Creasy

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Overview

“A powerful debut….Gripping characterization, non-stop action, fascinating biological speculation, and a dash of romance. Don’t miss it!”
—Linnea Sinclair

 

Remember the name: Sara Creasy. With Song of Scarabaeus she takes her place alongside Ann Aguirre and Linnea Sinclair, staking her claim as one of the most exciting new writers currently rocketing across the science fiction universe. Seamlessly blending action, romance, intrigue, technology, and a tough, complex, and unforgettable heroine in the vein of Elizabeth Moon, Creasy boldly goes where few have traveled before. No wonder author Vonda N. McIntyre declares that “Sara Creasy is a new writer to watch, and Song of Scarabaeus is a novel to read and enjoy.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061934735
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Series: Scarabaeus Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

What People are Saying About This

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.”

Trudi Canavan

“The tension never lets up, both in the action and between the characters, from the first page to the last.”

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.”

Linnea Sinclair

“A powerful debut…gripping characterization, non-stop action, fascinating biological speculation, and a dash of romance. Don’t miss it!”

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Song of Scarabaeus 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
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.
Aemelia More than 1 year ago
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!
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
"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.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
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
nexist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the better reads I have had in some time. An actual story aimed at selling itself with its story rather than appealing to the ugly, fat and lame by giving them the sex they have problems finding in real life.This story blends elements of space western, space opera, cyberpunk and other genres into a likable whole. Edie is a "cyphertek." She's been modified with a data-jack and the like. Her function is to program the Terra-forming machines (semi-sentient AI genetic modifiers) that allows humanity to settle the stars. The technology is guarded by a interstellar corporation and licensed to the colony worlds. If you do not renew your license the machine will stop and the world will become inhospitable to humanity. The "darkness" of the corporation is kept within normal bounds (instead of exaggerated like with Cyberpunk, more in line with the interstellar government of Whedon's "Firefly.")I recommend the book for people who enjoy less technical sci-fi.
clairesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Song Of Scarabaeus is a Science Fiction book written by Sara Creasy. Edie Sha¿nim was born on the planet Talas to a native father and human scientist mother. Abandoned by her parents at birth and thought of as an outcast by the other natives Edie grew up in one of the camps where she displayed a natural talent for talking to tech. As a teenager she is rescued by the Crib they insert an implant into her arm that gives her a dose of the special neurotoxin that natives of Talas need in order to stay alive and she is trained to become the best cyphertech there is with an outstanding talent for biocyph seed technology. It is now some years later and Edie reluctantly works for the Crib travelling from planet to planet terraforming them with her biocyph expertise so that humans can inhabit the planet, whilst the Crib bleeds the inhabitants dry. The story begins with Edie kidnapped by renegade mercenaries who want to free the terraformed planets from being under the Crib¿s control whilst also making some money themselves. In order to keep Edie safe and to ensure that she complies with the mercenaries demands they assign her an escaped freedom fighter now captured slave called Finn. Finn has a chip is in head that is linked to Edie¿s chip so if Edie dies or is further than 2000m away Finn will die too. The mission that the mercenaries have kidnapped Edie for is to go to the planet Scarabaeus and retrieve the non-working BRAT's that Edie put there seven years ago. I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little bit of time to get into it as I thought the start was a bit slow but once we get into the action the pace soon picked up. I like Edie she isn¿t your feisty action hero girl but more or a nerdy geeky one, she seems to have had a pretty sheltered life at the hands of the Crib and she relies on the protection of others. And then there is the gorgeous brooding tough guy Finn who plays the reluctant hero. I have a huge soft spot for him and I wouldn¿t have restrained myself like Edie did when they find themselves alone together. The supporting characters were very interesting too especially the navpilot Cat who could have a book in her own right. Despite the sexual chemistry between Edie and Finn there wasn¿t that much romance going on. Their relationship and banter between them reminded a lot of Mac and Barrons from the Fever series. So if you are looking for steamy scenes you will be disappointed but if like me you love it when an author builds the sexual tension rather than just have characters go at it like bunnies you will enjoy this book. I hope this continues to be the case in the next book until we get a sexual explosion of major proportions. The science parts of the book were hard science in my opinion and sometimes I was a bit lost with all the descriptions but I still managed to get the gist of what was going on. I loved visiting the planet Scarabaeus Ms Creasy created a fascinating place along with horrifying descriptions of the events that follow. I will warn you now, there is a big cliffhanger ending but that is ok becasue the second book Children Of Scarabaeus is already out so you don't have to wait to find out what happens next. In fact I am off now to purchase it. I would like to give this book 4 stars out of 5 and would recommend this to people who like Sci Fi who like a little bit of Romance.
Isamoor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jul10:Meh. It did have an original setting. And it did have sci-fi romance. But just meh.Characters: Not fully rounded, but all those present were likable. Was missing a good villian though.Plot: Nothing much there. The back story was passable I suppose.Style: Pretty heavy in the trite romance, but had some real sci-fi too. Was an okay outing.
Mardel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw this book a few times at Barnes & Noble, and a couple times at Borders. Each time I picked it up, looked at it, thought about buying it and ultimately put it down in favor of buying books that were written in first person. I am weirdly obsessive like that. Finally, because my eyes kept being drawn to it, I bought it. Boy am I glad that I did.This book is science fiction with just a touch of romance, and a teeny bit of angst, but not enough to turn me off reading it. Edie is a being from a planet called Talas Prime. Problem is, she was only half Talas, and half human so she was practically shunned growing up by the elders. She ends up being trained in wet-tech skills, as she was very skilled with working computers and programs. This is an era of people having splints inserted into their heads and/or finger tips to enhance their computer working. I'm not explaining it very well, and I myself don't have much computer type knowledge, but that didn't get in the way of me enjoying this excellent story.The Crib has trained Edie to use her skills as a coder for terraforming planets for eventual colonization. She and others code seeds that are dropped on uninhabital planets. These coded seeds force climate changes that make a hostile to life planet inhabitable. This is a big money maker.Edie is kidnapped by a rogue "rovers", people who work against the "Crib", and conglomerate type corporation that pretty much runs the universes. A serf, a man who is little more than a slave (a sentence carried out for "criminal" behavior) is put on a leash and attached to her. Not a real leash, but a splint is inserted into his brain and a code download that will explode his brain if Edie dies or he is too far away from her. He has to serve as her bodyguard. He's not too happy about it, she's not too happy about it. Edie is kidnapped for her wet-tech skills, which also make her a target for "rads", short for radicals - a group of people who like to kill wet or op-techs so they cannot mess with the the ecology of planets.Edie and Finn, her bodyguard must come to an understanding. He has to learn to trust her, and she has to basically do the same thing. Trust for both of them is a big deal, hard to come by. Both of them do a couple of stupid things, and both of them make some good decisions. Interesting.There is some intrigue going on. There are betrayals and more betrayals. There is heartbreak and friendships and retribution. This is a damn good book. It's one of those books that you don't want to put down, and if you do you can't wait to be able to pick it back up again. This is one of those novels that make you hope the author writes another one.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how to rate this... up until the last two pages I was completely engrossed. I didn't want to put it down for anything. Then, I got to the end and ..... cliffhanger! Not a fan of the cliffhangers.Edie is kidnapped by rovers, who want her to help them reprogram the nanotek devices responsible for terraforming worlds. As Edie has been trained by the Crib to do such programming, it's obvious why she's been selected. (The Crib sounds like Monsanto, only instead of making crop seeds that are only fertile for one season, the entire ecosystem of planets is vulnerable.) Because she's so valuable and such a target for eco-rad(icals), she's assigned a bodyguard. In this case, her bodyguard is Finn, a serf (prisoner/slave) with ties to a group that rebelled against the Crib's authority. In order to keep Finn under control, Edie's kidnappers tied his life to hers by implanting a chip in his brain. Even worse, because of the way the chip is implanted, not only must he keep Edie close and alive, any strong emotion she feels (fear, anger, lust) causes him painful mental feedback. (This part is primarily important for the thwarted (for now) romance storyline.)Edie grew up both as an outsider/underdog and as someone who provides an important service to those responsible for maintaining the status quo. Because of her past, she is determined to protect Finn as she wasn't able to protect others. The value she places on Finn's life, however, leads her into conflict with the rovers and makes her even more afraid of being returned to Crib control. Through much of the story Finn is wary and distrustful of Edie, but as they learn more about each other and work together more, their strengthening bond allows them to accomplish and learn more than they had expected--especially related to the planet Scarabaeus, which Edie had been assigned to help terraform years earlier, and which she had thought she had protected.Not much of Finn's character is revealed in this story, but he reminds me of what the Captain in Firefly might have been like if he'd been captured by the Alliance or if Zoe hadn't been around to keep him grounded.Overall, good characters, fast pace, excellent world building, and a dark but not too graphic story. Honestly, if it weren't for the cliffhanger ending and the star-crossed romance, I'd probably give this five stars. (Sorry, but I like my characters to have their HEAs.) I think this would appeal to fans of Ann Aguirre, Linnea Sinclair, and maybe Ilona Andrews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! The world building was fantastic in this one. I loved the idea of the terraforming worlds and the control the Crib over all the Fringe planets. As great as the world building was, I still wanted more about the history of the Crib, the Reach Conflicts, and the BRATs program. Edie was a genuine and compassionate character and though maybe a bit naive, it was hard to dislike her. She continues to see the good in people even when they they don’t prove their worth. Sometimes the “programing” Edie was doing was a bit confusing. This might just be my lack of any prior knowledge in this field. Finn was a perfect dark and mysterious character. I constantly wanted more on his history and what he was thinking. He wants his freedom, but he also seems to be sucked into helping Edie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weak characters. Plot is haphazard. A lot of action, yet still boring.
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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.
MiddleagedSFfan More than 1 year ago
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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SaraMC More than 1 year ago
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.
Eurisko More than 1 year ago
This book was freaky and awesome. Liked the merge of technology with people. Interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed it.