It’s a bit hard to know where to start with a review of this one, except to say that I liked it! It took a chapter or two, but then I was totally hooked, and pretty much read to the end in a day.
This is going to sound weird, and I promise I mean it in a good way, but this kind of reminded me of a cool episode of Star Trek – one of those episodes where the away team lands on a strange planet and its not entirely clear what’s real and what’s not.
The writing style really worked for me in this one – something about it felt to me like Alif was giving an account of what had happened after the fact. This gave it an authenticity that I don’t think a 3rd person POV would have had. I also liked the way that this worked with the sense of confusion around what was happening – Alif wasn’t really sure what was happening, so we weren’t either, and I feel like that gave kind of a shared experience which is one of the things that drew me into the story.
Now I’m keen to go back and read de Becerra’s first book – What the Woods Keep – which has been on my TBR since it came out, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next!
OASIS by Katya de Becerra
Release: Out now from Pan Macmillan Australia.
Source: I received a copy of from Pan Macmillan Australia for review. All views are my own.
Category: YA, speculative fiction, adventure, mystery, thriller