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Rosewater Reviews

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Rosewater: Winner of the Nommo Award for Best Novel

Tade Thompson

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1 review

Imprint: Orbit
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 20 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780356511368

Rosewater is the start of a vibrant and compellingly told trilogy by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices - perfect for fans of N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy. Winner of the inaugural Nommo Award for Best Novel, Africa's first award for speculative fiction

  • The GuardianBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Adam Roberts
4 Oct 2018

"This expertly judged cyberpunk-biopunk-Afropunk thriller is set in Nigeria in the aftermath of an alien invasion"

There’s a lot going on in this novel, but Thompson expertly juggles all his disparate elements – alien encounter, cyberpunk-biopunk-Afropunk thriller, zombie-shocker, an off-kilter love story and an atmospheric portrait of a futuristic Nigeria. The book is sharply plotted and well written, with Kaaro’s narration achieving a sort of louche, disengaged charm that throws the story’s many weirdnesses into nice relief.