Oasis
The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage. The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion.

Oasis Details

TitleOasis
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, History, Archaeology

Oasis Review

  • Katya de Becerra
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome to the oasis, where sand is life and nothing is as it seems. Oasis is my second novel. (If you haven't read What the Woods Keep yet, check it out, if you wish!)I wrote Oasis exclusively on the days of heavy rain in my hometown of Melbourne, while alternating between listening to Ladytron's MIRAGE and London Grammar's NIGHTCALL on repeat. Oasis is my love letter to archaeology, deserts, and genre-bending adventure horror. I hope you love it! And remember: you can take the girl out of the Welcome to the oasis, where sand is life and nothing is as it seems. Oasis is my second novel. (If you haven't read What the Woods Keep yet, check it out, if you wish!)I wrote Oasis exclusively on the days of heavy rain in my hometown of Melbourne, while alternating between listening to Ladytron's MIRAGE and London Grammar's NIGHTCALL on repeat. Oasis is my love letter to archaeology, deserts, and genre-bending adventure horror. I hope you love it! And remember: you can take the girl out of the oasis but you can't take oasis out of the girl.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    A book that's inspired by archaeology and the music of London Grammar?!!Give. It. To. Me. Now!!!
  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait for this!
  • Adriann Fincher
    January 1, 1970
    After reading WHAT THE WOODS KEEP, I'll read anything by de Becerra. I know OASIS is going to be spectacular. Prepare yourselves.
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    In the tradition of The Twilight Zone or Tales Of the Unexpected, De Becerra skillfully presents the reader with the known world with its laws of nature, time and space then carefully bends reality, drawing you inexorably deeper into a narrative both terrifying and irresistible. Tense, electric storytelling that makes you wonder what you would be willing to sacrifice to have your deepest longings fulfilled.Alif and her friends join an archeological dig in the desert outside Dubai. Rumors are rif In the tradition of The Twilight Zone or Tales Of the Unexpected, De Becerra skillfully presents the reader with the known world with its laws of nature, time and space then carefully bends reality, drawing you inexorably deeper into a narrative both terrifying and irresistible. Tense, electric storytelling that makes you wonder what you would be willing to sacrifice to have your deepest longings fulfilled.Alif and her friends join an archeological dig in the desert outside Dubai. Rumors are rife that the dig is cursed; things keep going wrong. When a catastrophic sandstorm obliterates the campsite, Alif and her five friends must survive the unforgiving heat and hostile barrenness of the desert. Hope and wonder soar when a glittering oasis appears on the horizon. Against their better judgment they follow what they fear will prove to be a mirage to a lush haven. Dense palm trees, soft grass, clear water, luscious, impossible fruit - it all seems too good to be true. A powerful, invisible will throbbing at the heart of the Oasis whispers to each survivor about their deepest longings and fears. Soon, the friends grow suspicious of one another in their pursuit of the Oasis’ favors.When a search party rescues them, they return to a world that seems pale and dim by comparison to the vivid intensity of the Oasis. A stolen artifact from their ordeal fractures the group even further when the power of the Oasis follows them home. The outcome of the story left me reeling in the best possible way. An audacious story, unsettling and masterfully told.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    I am very pleased to be one of the very first readers of this book. Whilst the book is an ARC and still subject to edits, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was very easy to read and fall into the book. I enjoyed how the story set a firm foundation of the protagonist Alif, her friends and her life and how she embarks on an adventure with her friends to pursue her love of geology and site digs only to find they got more than they bargained for upon arrival.. Whilst the story I am very pleased to be one of the very first readers of this book. Whilst the book is an ARC and still subject to edits, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was very easy to read and fall into the book. I enjoyed how the story set a firm foundation of the protagonist Alif, her friends and her life and how she embarks on an adventure with her friends to pursue her love of geology and site digs only to find they got more than they bargained for upon arrival.. Whilst the story does take time to get to the twist, I enjoyed how the story developed and how each character developed. The story is smart with accurate scientific referencing, accurate depiction of desert land in the UAE interwoven with a typical YA dynamic. I particularly enjoyed Alif’s character (the protagonist). She has a good head on her shoulders but she is a typical teenager too - we have all been there once. And of course you find some of her friends annoying but hey there needs to be an even balance within a group of friends. I kept turning the page because I really wanted to know not just what happened next but the answers to the mysteries that started teasing us from earlier on. I am sure this book will be well received among the YA readership.. if you’re someone who enjoys fantasy reads set in contemporary times with accurate referencing to science and technology with suspense and mystery then this is the one for you! Due for release in January 2020, I want to give my special thanks to the author for sending me a copy of the ARC personally (not in exchange for my review but for my insight into the story and for trusting me to be one of the first to read it). Looking forward to reading the finished product when it’s out!!!
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  • mattie
    January 1, 1970
    New favorite author?? Um YES! Can’t wait for Oasis! Loved What The Woods Keep so of course I’m going to keep my eye out for this book 😍
  • Elissa Elizaro
    January 1, 1970
    I'm already obsessed with this book and gonna hype it to myself extra hard this year!
  • Cassie Hess
    January 1, 1970
    I've read de Becerra's debut (What The Woods Keep) and just can't express enough how excited I am about her sophomore book! Why is Fall 2019 so far away???
  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    NEED 🤩🤩🤩
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to read a few chapters right before bed and next thing I knew I was at the acknowledgements section and my head was spinning. “Oasis” finds a group of friends on an archeological dig in Dubai when a sandstorm rips them from camp and their walk through the desert leads them to an oasis filled with a variety of things that should not exist but then again a group hallucination doesn’t exist either, or does it? The best way I can describe this plot is it has a lot of elements from The Haunt I wanted to read a few chapters right before bed and next thing I knew I was at the acknowledgements section and my head was spinning. “Oasis” finds a group of friends on an archeological dig in Dubai when a sandstorm rips them from camp and their walk through the desert leads them to an oasis filled with a variety of things that should not exist but then again a group hallucination doesn’t exist either, or does it? The best way I can describe this plot is it has a lot of elements from The Haunting of Hill House where characters see and feel what they need to in order to do the bidding of the darker element that is in control regardless of the cost to themselves or those they care about. My only critique is that I couldn’t picture any of these people as actual friends. We meet them where there are already small rifts between them and it only spirals from there and we never get moments where you can see actual love between them so the moments that are meant to hold more of a weight in terms of betrayal once the plot really gets going doesn’t really work or at least hit you where it needs to in order to amp up the thriller aspect of the book but I enjoyed the psychological aspect of the story too much to knock a star off. This is a great read and one you definitely want to go slow with even though it’s tempting to read it as fast as you can to see what happens and that ending! Is it January 2020 yet?**special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Cillian
    January 1, 1970
    Average rating: 5.00Uh huh...yeah.Grow some class.
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