Thursday, January 14, 2016

Oasis by Dima Zales

Series: The Last Humans #1
Publication Date: January 19th, 2016
Publisher: Mozaika Publications
Genre: YA, Dystopian
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Synopsis: A new dystopian/post-apocalyptic series from a New York Times bestselling author 

My name is Theo, and I'm a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It's meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.

I was once content too, but now I'm different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.

Or is she?

Note: This book contains some strong language. We felt it was important for the censorship theme of the novel. If such words offend you, you might not enjoy this book.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review: Oasis will most likely be my favourite book this year!

When I first started this book, I was a bit iffy about it. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the main character, especially if he was in fact crazy. But after a few chapters I was absolutely amazing by the book and I could not put it down. It's action packed, mysterious and you just can't help but fall in love with it.

Theo thinks he's going crazy because he can hear a voice inside his head. The voice known as Phoe, can't possibly be an imaginary friend, Phoe knows things, like where his friends are at all times, and information he can't possibly make up on his own. When Theo's friend Mason disappears after confessing his love for a girl (which is strictly not allowed in society), Theo happens to be the only one to remember that Mason even existed. Theo and Phoe have to find out what happened to Mason, why only they can remember who he is, and who Phoe really is.

At first this book really reminded me of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, especially with them being trapped in a dome, if you go outside you die type of thing. Then it sort of turns into a Giver type of situation with the Elders and only one person being able to remember.

Even though this book resembled a few other books, it was still very original. I haven't read a book that had a virtual reality/video game twist to it, so that was very new and exciting to read about. I know it sounds weird, but it will all make sense in the end.

The character of this book are fantastic, at first you're not sure about Theo but you end up loving him in the end. He's very relatable, especially to someone with fears. A huge aspect of his character is trying to get over the fear of heights and the author nailed that perfectly! We also get to meet Theo's two friends Liam and Mason. They are both funny characters, and I wish we got to see more of them in the book. As for Phoe, I found her to be a bit confusing at times, but in the end, I absolutely loved her character, especially her intelligence. 

The plot line of this book was excellent. There's tons of action to keep you interested in the book, with lots of mystery and twists. I can guarantee you that you will be surprised at one point or another, and the ending will be totally different than what you predicted. 

Overall, I'm in love with this book. Everything about is absolutely fantastic from the characters to the writing. If I could change one thing about this book, it would be the ending. I felt like it kind of ended in a bit of a hurry, and I would have liked some more information before it ended, but this is also a great way to get you hyped for the next book. I definitely recommend this book to all dystopian fans, especially fans of The Giver, Hunger Games, and Under the Never Sky. I can't wait to continue this series, and read more from this author.

Happy Reading,
- Aneta

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