Oasis by Katya de Becerra
Release date: January 7th
Format: ARC provided by Fierce Reads
Top 3 Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
To buy the book: CA • US • FR• Bookdep
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Welcome to my first review of 2020!!! And it is about a book that took me out of my comfort zone: Oasis by Katya de Becerra! A mix of thriller, sci-fi and horror that took med by surprise!
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archeological dig site in the desert with four close friends … and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.
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, and 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 each other, 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 …
Enter the Oasis at your own risk!
In this novel, we join Alif and her four friends as they go to a dig site in the desert in the Dubai area. Dig site had me hooked already, ask my dream job when I was little was archeologist! It is a job/domain we don’t find that much in books so I was SUPER excited to have this archeological site setting as a starter point. It gave the book a slight Indiana Jones vibe … even if it quickly turned into a Twilight Zone one!
Because as they are barely settled into the dig camp, our novice adventurers find themselves ( with an extra cute sexy student) lost in a sand storm…and ready to die in the desert.
Until they find the Oasis. Mysterious and enchanting, almost too good to be true. But there is food and water, and when you are almost dying of thirst and sunburn, it is hard to resist. The only problem? Alif starts having these very very vivid dreams, dangerous ones. Crazy ones? Perhaps… or not! And her friends are acting so strangely, Alif doesn’t know what to believe anymore. Turning on each other, trying to survive, the group comes to find an alien artifact having the strangest effects…and that is when the real sh*t begins!
When rescue finally comes, Alif finds her world changed, different and confusing. Reality seems to be this changing thing she can’t get a grasp on. She sees her friends losing it, and she kind of lose it too herself. And we, as a reader, we see her struggle, we feel her unease (that is what makes a good horror thriller for me, this feeling of unease and heavy atmosphere we feel when reading, this tension pouring through the pages) and at some point, we start to wonder too, what the f*ck is happening? What is real? What does real even mean? I was not that sure at the end!
A tiny source of frustration
My only problem with this book was the relationship between Alif and her friends. She brings them on a trip with her and then keeps giving all of their negative traits. I wanted to ask her » why are they your friends then? » ». Thankfully, once the Oasis reached, none of this matter anymore!
In a few words
I can’t tell you too much to avoid spoiling you, but I feel like if you love to read thriller/horror sci-fi, you can only enjoy this book! It has everything you can expect from the genre, plus an ending that is truly audacious! And I like when authors surprise me this way!
See you for a cup!