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Rating – 💖💖💖💖💖
After reading and loving What the Woods Keep by Katya last year, I had high expectations going into Oasis. It’s always nerve-wracking going into an author’s second book after loving their debut so much, but I had no need to worry in this case – Katya totally nailed it, and exceeded all of my expectations.
Oasis follows Alif, who along with some close friends (and a very cute research assistant) are working on her father’s archaeological dig over their summer break. When a sand storm wreaks havoc on their camp, the group are forced to fend for themselves out in the unforgiving desert – until they come across the oasis, which provides them with much-needed food, water and shelter.
I absolutely loved the glittering and lush imagery that Katya provided throughout the whole book, but especially those relating to the oasis – they were just absolutely stunning. And, really, these beautiful descriptions just made it even more unsettling when truths about the oasis were revealed. One thing that I find amazing in regards to her writing is Katya’s ability to evoke such strong feelings; even when things were all hunky-dory, there were little aspects of her writing that made me feel nervous and unsettled. I was second-guessing everything.
Another thing that I love about Katya’s stories is the fact that everything is so seamless. There are no ‘big reveals’ at the end of the book; information is weaved throughout the story, and any confirmations are dealt in such a matter-of-fact way that they make you go back and re-read the previous few pages.
Like the stunning cover, Oasis is a beautiful and vibrant story – but look under the surface and you’ll find a deeply disturbing tale that will stay with you for weeks to come.
Have you read either of Katya’s books? What did you think? If you haven’t, then you should definitely give them a go!
Have a lovely day,