Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Oasis by Dima Zales

Headline news: This is a Young Adult novel full of strong language.

I fit with other adults who enjoy reading some young adult books because of the lack of adult-themed material (language, graphic violence, sexual content). I thrill at a good story without having to resort to those gimmicks.

The publishers have written a disclaimer that this book contains strong language as part of the theme of the book. I disagree. I didn't think it needed to be in it.

Oasis is about a boy named Theo who lives in a dome-like structure with the other inhabitants of the last livable area on earth.

Reading this I was reminded for other Young Adult books like The Maze Runner, The Giver, and Corridor. Something isn't quite right with Oasis. There's a girl's voice inside Theo's head. Is she real? Is she a figment of his imagination? A friend of Theo's suddenly vanishes and no one seems to remember he even existed. Then there's this goo stuff that is real nasty stuff.

Oasis is not the perfect place and Theo is thrust into the heroic role against his better judgment. Who can he trust? Is Oasis even real or is it a virtual reality game?

I thought this was an "okay" book. As I wrote earlier, this felt like a retread of most of the other post-apocalyptic Young Adult stories that have been written. I didn't really feel like new ground was covered. There's even a twist at the end that, honestly, did anyone NOT see it happening?

The strong language was a big turn off for me but I wanted to finish the story. I wanted to see if the answers to the questions would be satisfying. And I found them to be "okay".

This is the first book of a supposed series so we'll have to see how Zales wants to continue the adventure as this could stand on its own without a sequel.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Mozaika Publications.

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