Osiris: Book One of the Osiris Project

Osiris: Book One of the Osiris Project

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by E.J. Swift
     
 

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“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 fifty years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth, while others cling to the idea that life still survives somewhere beyond the

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“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 fifty years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth, while others cling to the idea that life still survives somewhere beyond the merciless seas. But for all its inhabitants, Citizens and refugees alike, Osiris is the entire world–and it is a world divided.

Adelaide is the black-sheep granddaughter of the city’s Architect. A jaded socialite and family miscreant, she wants little to do with her powerful relatives–until her troubled twin brother disappears mysteriously. Convinced that he is still alive, she will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means uncovering long-buried secrets.

Vikram, a third-generation storm refugee quarantined with thousands of others in the city’s impoverished western sector, sees his own people dying of cold and starvation while the elite of Osiris ignore their plight. Determined to change things, he hopes to use Adelaide to bring about much-needed reforms–but who is using who?

As another brutal winter brings Osiris closer to riot and revolution, two very different people, each with their own agendas, will attempt to bridge the gap dividing the city, only to find a future far more complicated than either of them ever imagined.

Osiris is the beginning of an ambitious new science fiction trilogy exploring a near-future world radically transformed by rising seas and melting poles.

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Publishers Weekly
They say that the world drowned on the day of the Great Silence, leaving the oceanic city of Osiris, divided into the privileged east and the impoverished west, as the sole survivor of Earth’s catastrophic climate disasters. Decades later, Osiris teeters on the edge of a revolution, and a scion of Osiris’s founding family, the brilliant and delusional Axel Rechnov, mysteriously disappears. His mercurial, rebellious twin sister, Adelaide Mystik, determined to find him, makes a deal with Vikram Bai, a westerner unsuccessfully petitioning the complacent ruling Council for much-needed reforms. As unrest grows between the citizens and the westerners, Vikram and Adelaide uncover an intrigue that could bring down the Council. Ensuing events, and an unevenly developed romantic subplot, turn them from reluctant, adversarial conspirators to partners and allies. Swift’s imaginative debut, the first in a trilogy, is a dystopian thriller with complex characterizations and a riveting main plot, though both are marred by an unsatisfying, implausible resolution. Agent: John Berlyne, Zeno Literary Agency. (June)
Library Journal
Fifty years after the cataclysmic Great Storm that flooded Earth with rising waters, Osiris is believed to be the last city standing and serves as the collection point for survivors. Divided into Citizens who enjoy the privileges of prosperity and Refugees who live confined in Osiris's impoverished western quarter, the social fabric has begun to unravel as dissent and fear further divide the haves from the have-nots. When Adelaide, the renegade granddaughter of the city's Architect, joins forces with Vikram, a refugee on a mission of justice for the neglected westerners, the beginnings of a resistance spark a mixed reaction from the city's powers. VERDICT Swift's first novel, with its brilliant near-future vision of an ecologically and socially devastated world and characters who resonate with life and passion, marks her as an author to watch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597804172
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Series:
The Osiris Project
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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