In a dystopian/post-apocalyptic society known as Oasis we meet Theo. Theo is a twenty-three year old that thinks he is going crazy as he’s begun to hear a voice in his head who calls herself Phoe. Theo thinks that Phoe is a figment of his imagination but she knows things that Theo himself couldn’t possibly know.
When Phoe tells Theo that his friend Mason is looking for him he finds him alone and upset. Oasis citizens have their emotions controlled and things like depression shouldn’t exist but Mason is suffering from it after telling a girl that he loved her. Love and family is also something taboo in Oasis. Theo doesn’t know what to think about what is going on but when the friends go to bed that night and Theo wakes to finding Mason gone he goes in search of his friend only no one seems to remember Mason at all.
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.
Also, I read a warning before picking up this book about the strong language used. The book starts off with curse words in the first sentence so I was thinking oh no, maybe I should have listened thinking that is was going to be completely filled with cursing. However, while there is use of words that would offend someone who doesn’t like any foul language in their book I didn’t feel like it was overly done either. Theo and his friends even in their twenties are pretty comparable mentally to teenagers and they’ve been told foul language is forbidden so of course they have to test the waters. You do see the F word especially but it’s not every other word in the story but more of a realistic use in this setting so be warned if that will bother you.
As for the story itself, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself caught by some of the twists and turns and not knowing what to expect next. The world building was right on point as if I had a question of a how or why it would eventually be answered as the story went on. It was a fun ride with Theo as he discovered just what the society was all about.
Overall, would definitely recommend this to dystopian fans. Completely enjoyed and look forward to seeing what could possibly happen in the next book.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.