Author: Katya de Becerra.
Genre: YA, science-fiction.
Publication date: January 7th 2020.
Publisher: Imprint Macmillan.
The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.
With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.
The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .
Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion.
This book had such an interesting concept! I loved that they all want into the dessert, in an oasis, but you never really know if it is truly happening or if it is all in their heads! (‘of course it is happening inside your head Harry, but way on earth should that mean it is not real’, sorry couldn’t help myself)
I quite liked the main character, Alif, she wasn’t perfect, and didn’t always make the best decisions, but that made her more realistic. The relation between the characters was quite interesting, but I think it could have been expanded/explained a bit more!
Actually I have the same to say about the story, it was very interesting, but I think it could have been a bit more. I just didn’t feel 100% satisfied after finishing this book. After the set up, I think even more could have been done with the story! I definitely think this book could have easily been 100 pages longer, and I think I would have enjoyed it more!
The ending felt a little bit convenient, but I think that could also have been better if the story was a little bit longer!
I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author! I ended up giving this book 3 stars, mainly because I wanted a bit more from the story.
Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Katya is a short version of her real name, which is very long and gets mispronounced a lot. What The Woods Keep was her first novel (out now), which is followed by another standalone Oasis in 2020. She has also authored and co-authored academic articles, book chapters, guest posts and opinion pieces.
Prize: Finished copy of Oasis! (US only..)
Starts: January 1st 2020.
Ends: Januaey 15th 2020.
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