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Interview: Tade Thompson talks about the 'Frankenstein of influences' that helped create his buzzy sci-fi debut.

It's a stealth character-driven story masquerading as a plot-driven story.

  • Rosewater
  • It's a stealth character-driven story masquerading as a plot-driven story.

Publisher's Summary

Tade Thompson's Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting-edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices.

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry, and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers. 

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

©2017 Tade Thompson (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Inventive aliens and realistic-feeling invasion... keen observations of how easily people ignore and accept what should be terrifying... intriguing characters (many of them women) who have lives of their own beyond the pages... fascinating." (Strange Horizons)

"A fiercely weird, breathtaking biopunk tale of alien invasion, Rosewater is ambitious and smart and very, very cool." (Tasha Suri)

"Compellingly strange yet accessible... a character-driven, morally grey tale of hope and potential redemption." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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