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The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson

The Rosewater Redemption

Book 3 of the Wormwood Trilogy

Tade Thompson

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Imprint: Orbit
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 17 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780356511399

In this powerful finale to the award-winning Wormwood trilogy, life in the newly independent city state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting . . .

5 stars out of 5
Abigail Nussbaum
22 Nov 2019

"a stunning conclusion to a trilogy that expands our understanding of what science fiction can do."

As he did in the previous volumes, Thompson constructs a vivid, almost overwhelmingly detailed future world, which combines the biological and the technological, human and alien. The xenosphere functions as a sort of spore-based cyberspace, where adepts like Kaaro exist alongside traditional hackers, who combine disciplines with him in search of a weapon to use against the aliens. In the physical world, alien animals – “floaters” who consume human flesh; giant worms that burrow into the ground and emerge to topple buildings – fight for resources and living areas with animal-form robots and surveillance drones.... With the previous novels’ introduction of cellular-level transformation still fresh in the mind, readers might question whether the characters’ goal of rolling back the influence of alien colonisers is even possible. But The Rosewater Redemption is a stunning conclusion to a trilogy that expands our understanding of what science fiction can do.

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