Oasis: What's the Story

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Oasis: What's the Story

Oasis: What's the Story

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The worst thing is Oasis is a first book and not a stand-alone. So we get this open ended ending. No answers. The mythology that was mentioned is so vague and obscure you were left wondering if that’s it. This is the type of book you want complete in one go. Otherwise the odd experience just leaves you unsatisfied rather that tingly and thrilled. I didn’t even feel like this end was a cliffhanger, it felt more like a cop out. The book range is extensive, not least the bibles in various versions and bindings, from the major publishers. The children's area is home to a big selection of books for all ages, plus bibles and stories suitable for new babies and christenings. Subvocalizing. Lame. AR, VR, IRES existing at the same time.... lame. Monsters made from old computer parts, lame. 20 somethings acting like 8 year olds... lame. Tommy was completely yummy, and he and Alif were trying their hardest to figure out what was going on and how to get home. I didn’t feel as invested in the others, but the things that would happen between everybody was interesting. But i felt mostly invested in Tommy and Alif, and what was happening between them and also to them.

I felt like the ending of the book gave us a lot of answers that we were looking for, while leaving us completely confused. Main point of confusion for me – Why Theo? What about Theo himself is actually special? In the end, it didn’t feel like there was anything really that special about Theo. It boiled down to more of a right time, right place kind of situation that led Theo to being the “hero” of the book. I just don’t know what I think about my heroes being chosen simply by chance. It left me a little disconnected from him – especially since in the end, he’s a 23 year old man with the mental capacity of a 16 year old boy (literally… I had to keep reminding myself that he was 23 because he was written as a 16 year old teenager). While I understand that that was part of the way that the society was set up, so that people didn’t reach their actual adulthood until the age of 40, it still doesn’t make sense that they were able to keep people’s innate makeup so suppressed that they were acting years younger than their actual age. It was very disconcerting for a large portion of the book. The people are considered "Youths" until they're 40? So you're telling me everyone acts like a child until they're miraculously enlightened? And I'm assuming they don't die or they live until they're ridiculously old? I stg nothing makes sense in this book. Even though there are a fair amount of swear words, and even though the characters are in their 20s, I found this book incredibly juvenile and would definitely label it as YA geared at 12-14 year olds (boys, in particular). A lot of parts were really eyeroll-worthy… The main character, Theo, and his friends using "cryptic" pig Latin to avoid being overheard, for instance… like anyone with half a brain couldn't figure out what they were saying. And especially how Theo kept referencing things that "ancient humans" used to like. I get that the author wanted to make things relatable to today's audience, but there are certainly more elegant ways to do it than to simply have the main character be reminded of "ancient," "ancient," "ancient" things every time... Theo was also annoyingly dim-witted/slow on the uptake. Even allowing for a certain amount of "I'm a third-party, so of course I can figure stuff out before he does," I still think he was a bit too frustratingly dense. I didn't really like any of the characters - they were all very two-dimensional. The just plot was okay, though not without its gaping craters, and likewise the world-building could've been much improved. The prose itself was nothing special. Tommy - Yeahhhh alright it didn't take me long to warm up to him. Strong silent type here. Totally dreamy. Irgendwie reizt es mich aber dennoch zu erfahren wie es nun weiter geht … mal sehen ob ich mir die anderen beiden Teile noch hole 😇The writing is just very basic. It tries to be descriptive and evocative, but just ends up sounding flowery without a purpose. And at the same time, it's very vague in some instances. The following is an excerpt of a dream our protagonist is describing: After reading and being very impressed with de Becerra's debut What The Woods Keep last year, I knew this author had something unique to offer. There's this totally awesome thing she's got going in her writing that messes with your mind in the best possible way, if that makes sense :) So already having had this experience with her previous book, I went into OASIS with high expectations and WOW. Those expectations? They were succeeded, completely blown out of the water!!! CWs are listed in the end of this post and some are marked as spoilers. Please let me know in comments if I missed something)

Many a times I was almost too distracted wondering where the story would head to pay attention to the many nuances and references to the popular culture and cult classics. Overall, this was a great Young Adult dystopian story that actually focused on the sci-fi with elements of other classic dystopian books such as The Giver, instead of unnecessary romance and love triangles.There were several aspects that I really liked about the book. One part of the book that I truly admired is that is character development. Before reading, I expected there to be multiple characters, but there are only a few, which actually worked out nice. Theo is depicted as a normal young adult, expect for his strong attachment to Phoe. Theo is a loyal, heroic, and street smart. With the help of Phoe, he is able to navigate his way though challenges and crises that threatens his world. Zales has carefully crafted an incredible world that becomes more and more fascinating as you work your way through the story.

Die Idee hat mir grundsätzlich sehr gut gefallen aber die Umsetzung hat mich nicht durchgängig überzeugt … Der erwartete fiese Cliffhänger am Ende von Teil 1 ist ausgeblieben und man bekommt eine gute Auflösung die natürlich einige Fragen offen läßt bzw. neue Fragen aufwirft aber man ist nicht „gezwungen“ weiter zu lesen Alif was the perfect protagonist because she was imperfect and you loved her, and you wanted to ask her what she was doing at times, and you were right there along with her wanting to know what was going on in this desert! And Tommy! Swoon! I loved him! Inside the oasis, Alif and her five friends encounter things where it makes them hard to trust each other, where it breaks them apart, where it creates new bonds, and it utterly had my pulse accelerating. Deluxe collectors editions featuring individual Noel and Liam covers, Jill Furmanovsky end papers, plus a pull-out Knebworth section and exposed spine binding. Oasis strongly reminded me of a cross between Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Giver by Lois Lowry. Really if I hadn't read these two books within the last two years I'd probably have rated Oasis at five stars but due to the similarities I went with a solid four stars. The name of the book alone brought to mind Ready Player One but there is an element of Virtual Reality involved in this story too. And the society of Oasis is very similar to The Giver where the citizens are not supposed to have certain emotions and feelings or memories. That being said it still had a life of it's own though and went to places I didn't expect.There are Youths, Adults and Elders and you become an adult at 40. There is no swearing, vulgarity and you do not ask questions as that will earn you some time in Quietude in the Witch's Prison.

Well, it had to happen eventually. After a really excellent start to my 2020 reading year, this is my first two-star book of the year. Setup with thrillers is crucial. Oasis took way too long to introduce everyone let alone develop tension between the friends. However, once the “storm of plot” hit, just after a third of the way through, the supernatural elements made Alif’s experience way creepier than I expected. I will admit that the trek through the desert was something I might not have survived. And I understood the friends secretive and paranoid reactions. Once events in the ruins took their toll on the group everyone got seriously mentally ill. It wasn’t exactly the wild and thrilling ride I as expecting but it was creepy how crazy everyone acted.

Side guide

Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends.

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