Hello everyone! First blog tour of the new year! Today I am happy to be a part of the tour for Oasis by Katya de Becerra, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club!
About the Book
Author: Katya de Becerra
Publisher: Imprint Macmillan
Release Date: January 7th 2020
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Blurb: 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.
Review: This book was a lot of fun! I really liked the characters, but the main feature is the setting. I know nothing about archaeological sites, but I can completely understand the mystery and excitement of wanting to go visit one. It seems so simple and harmless, a collection of serious scientists doing their work, but danger can come without warning. The whole sandstorm scene is full of nothing but sheer terror. I never want to experience one!
Another standout part of this novel to me is the relationship between the group of friends. They are close, but their friendship is far from simple. It’s a turn off for me to read about friend circles in literature where everything is happy and easy all the time. Real friendships always have ups and downs, so the relationship between Alif and her friends felt very realistic, which I appreciated.
Now let’s talk about the real deal: the Oasis itself. There is nothing creepier than a thing that should be a point of salvation turning to be eerily too good to be true. While there they find a . . . thing. Artifact? Tablet? Magic item? Alien technology? Whatever it is, it seems sentient and I personally would not have tried to take it home, but they did and the power of the Oasis follows them, bending time and space and affecting all of them in different ways.
This book kept me guessing right until the end and my only real complaint was that I wanted more!
GoodReads rating: 4 stars
About the Author
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.
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Be sure to check out the other stops along the tour at this link for more reviews, author Q&As, guest posts and more. Thanks again to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this tour and for letting me be a part of it!