Title: Osiris
SubTitle: Book One of the Osiris Project
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Pub Date: May 29, 2012
ISBN: 9781597804172
Author: E. J. Swift
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Science Fiction & Fantasy: Science Fiction

Marketing Copy:

“Nobody leaves Osiris. Osiris is a lost city. She has lost the world and world has lost her . . .”

Rising high above the frigid waters, the ocean city of Osiris has been cut off from the land since the Great Storm 50 years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth. Adelaide is the black-sheep granddaughter of the city’s Architect. A jaded socialite, she wants little to do with her powerful relatives — until her troubled twin brother disappears mysteriously. Vikram, a third-generation storm refugee, sees his own people dying of cold and starvation. He hopes to use Adelaide to bring about much-needed reforms — but who is using whom? As another brutal winter brings Osiris closer to riot and revolution, two very different people attempt to bridge the gap dividing the city, only to find a future far more complicated than either of them ever imagined.

E. J. Swift is an English author of science fiction and magical realism. Osiris is her first novel and the first in a planned trilogy. Her short fiction is featured in the January 2012 edition of UK magazine Interzone. Emma studied English and American Literature at the University of Manchester and later completed the MA in Creative Writing program at Royal Holloway, University of London. Between studies she has lived and worked in Paris, and is now based back in London. Emma also works at the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, an affiliation of eight specialist dance, drama and circus schools. She takes time out from writing and the day job exploring circus skills such as trapeze and hula hooping.

My Review:

I love a dystopian novel, but I found this one overly long, weighing in at 400 pages. For a start, it takes quite a few pages (about 100) to get to any real meat of the story. This story is richly textured, multi-layered and all of that, but I feel it works against the book. This may have well done with a little bit of editing to cut it down just a bit.

The characters were a bit cardboard cutout-ish. The rich spolit brat socialite named Adelaide and Vikram, who had been to prison but still is a little too innocent for his own good.

Once you get into it, which does take a bit, you will find something here. Osiris is not a nice place and we read about this too many times (hence my editing comment). Aside from that, I will probably look for the second volume when it comes out.

My Rating:

3 lost cities out of 5