Review: Osiris – E.J.Swift

Osiris is a lost city. She has lost the world and the world has lost her. 

Adelaide Rechnov, wealthy socialite and granddaughter of the Architect, spends her time in pointless luxury, rebelling against her family in a series of jaded social extravagances and scandals until her twin brother disappears in mysterious circumstances. 

Vikram Bai lives in the Western Quarter, home to the poor decedents of storm refugees and effectively quarantined from the wealthy elite. His people live with cold and starvation, but the brutal winter coming promises civil unrest, and a return to the riots of previous years. 

Brought together by circumstance and fate, these two very different people attempt to bridge the divide lurking at the heart of Osiris, but who is using whom, and what secrets will they uncover?
My thoughts:
Osiris was a dream that turned to dust, but then what kind of dystopia post-apocalyptic book would we have if everything did not go to hell?
In this world storms and well everything really turned the world to a wasteland and Osiris was a refuge for some. The rest of the world is dead..or is it? (no really is it? I wanna know!! I guess I have to wait until book 2 for that). But this Oasis is not a happy place. There are citizens who have it all, and then refuges behind a wall who has nothing and freeze to death. The perfect setting to cause some conflict. Especially since our heroine is a spoiled rich girl and the hero a poor Westerner.
The premise is interesting. A city eating itself, but some being to close-minded to see it. A world where I wonder if anyone is alive in the world? Because the rich have secrets.
The characters are not exactly lovable. Adelaide is rich and spoiled, and obsessed with finding her lost brother. Vikram on the other hand is nice, but maybe a bit naive. Sometimes you just have to storm the barricades. But they grow on you.
Osiris has a pace of it’s own, it moves slowly, like a dream but always forward and never slowing down that it would get boring. And when it ends I do wonder, what’s next? I enjoyed it.

Series; The Osiris project #1
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, dystopia
Pages: 448
Published: February 2013 by Del Rey UK
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44 thoughts on “Review: Osiris – E.J.Swift

  1. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    "what kind of dystopia post-apocalyptic book would we have if everything did not go to hell?" SO TRUE! :)I do like the sound of this one. I don't mind slow as long as they don't lose me. It looks like it kept your interest so I'm game. Will have to add it to my wishlist!

  2. SQT says:

    I remember seeing this book and being interested in it- and then totally forgetting about it. So I appreciate the review. It sounds good to me. Sometimes I'm really in the mood for something that moves a little slower. It seems like most books I pick up these days are all about wall-to-wall action.

  3. Lexi H says:

    I figure if you finish a book and can't help but wonder what happens next then the author did something right, even if they didn't sweep you away in a tidal wave.

  4. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    Wow, this certainly sounds like a unique dystopian/post apocalyptic world. I kind of like the idea of a city eating itself. It's creepy! Glad to hear this kept your interest. I'm very curious to see what happens. Thanks for sharing and bringing this to my attention!

  5. Lexi H says:

    Yes, I agree with that. Sometimes when I pick up a book I don't want a super intense read that leaves me emotionally charged. Somedays I just want to gasp, laugh, and smile then close the book and go about my day.

  6. Ryan says:

    I adore the cover even if it is for a dystopian book. I'm not sure where my aversion comes from, but I really don't enjoy most of them. The ones I do like tend to be built in our reality, normally without any fantasy or scifi aspects to it.

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