Oasis by Katya de Becerra

Title: Oasis
Author: Katya de Becerra
Publisher: Imprint Macmillan
Release Date: January 7th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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.

So wow, the Oasis huh. I’m not even sure where to begin because I might still be reeling from reading. I’m a big fan of Old Time Radio shows, that love instilled into me from my dad. There is a particular series called X-Minus One and this book reminded me of that so much. So I’m thinking the Oasis is a great audiobook. The story is so fast paced and so engrossing and so very much, what on Earth (or not Earth) is happening here.

So it’s one of those books you can’t say too much because I don’t want to give anything away. A group of friends go on a trip to Dubai to spend some time at the MC’s dad archeology dig site. What’s interesting is that this group of friends are in that phase that everyone goes through when you are getting ready to go to college. Starting to drift apart and change. Seeing one another in new ways. This is kind of their last hurrah at holding on to their closeness. Although their drifting seems to have started long before.

What they find in the desert is not only a whole bunch of weird but also how many things they don’t know about each other. I liked each character for different reasons. None of them are perfect or without blame in their scenarios.

Alif as a main character is interesting. She’s not perfect and she is kind of looking for that place to belong I think because of her complicated relationship with her parents. I think her attempt to bring her friends around to the same place again with this trip is her attempt to keep something together.

I loved the descriptions of the Oasis. The whole place is very interesting and the events that unfold after as well. The ending leaves you in a….wait what did I just read….spot but in a turn it over in your head again and again way. I don’t want to give anything away about the book so but it’s definitely a good read if you are a fan of Sci-fi thriller weirdness.

Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Katya is a short version of her real name, which is very long and gets mispronounced a lot. What The Woods Keep was her first novel (out now), which is followed by another standalone Oasis in 2020. She has also authored and co-authored academic articles, book chapters, guest posts and opinion pieces.

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