Osiris: Book One of the Osiris Project

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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 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,...

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Overview


“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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597804172
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Series: The Osiris Project
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


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.
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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    A pretty good start for Swift

    I would like to thank Night Shade Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book for them. Adelaide “Mystik” Rechnov is a spoiled brat socialite searching for her missing (and presumed dead) mentally-ill twin brother Axel. Vikram “Bai” is a passionate but impoverished citizen of Western Osiris fighting for the basic human rights of his Western kinsmen. Their paths intersect when Adelaide’s brother Linus suggests to Vikram that his sister might just be bored enough to help him win over the City Council - lead by their father. As Adelaide fights to find out what has happened to her twin brother and Vikram fights to keep his people from starving through another winter; tensions (and passions) run hot as they both help and hinder each other in this opening book of the Osiris Project series. This book was a bit like a pan of brownies that have been left in the oven just a little too long. Crispy and questionable around the edges, but still pretty good once you get into the middle. Character development was excellent and the reader really gets a solid feel for the emotions that Adelaide and Vikram are feeling – Adelaide’s anguish over the loss of her twin and frustration with the clandestine behavior of the rest of her family, Vikram’s tenacity and heartache when he describes the people in the West who needlessly starve or freeze to death on a nightly basis and guilt about becoming a little more “Citizen” that he had intended to, and of course the complex emotions that they feel towards one another. My only real complaint was that the settings/scenes were not nearly as transparent as the characters were. More than once I found myself reading along swimmingly thinking Adelaide was in a tower or an office, only to read another paragraph and find out that somehow she had moved into a tunnel or onto a street. That split second of confusion and subsequent regrouping of my mental focus really messed with my immersion at times. Osiris is such a different city that anything in our “real world” that leaving nearly everything to context clues really bothered me. Other than that, I found this to be a pretty easy read and decently compelling story that I would recommend to anyone who likes light Sci-Fi with characters who are easy to champion. I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series.

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    Posted July 7, 2014

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    A real cliff hanger!

    The back and forth between the two main character's point of view will keep you guessing all the way through.

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