Oasis, by Dima Zales is the first book in the Last Humans series. Our main protagonist is Theo and he thinks he’s absolutely crazy. After all, he’s probably the only person in Oasis to have an invisible friend and if anyone ever finds out about Phoe (pronounced Fee), he’s going to be in big trouble.
To say Oasis is a trippy book and unpredictable would be the understatement of the century. I had a hard time knowing which was was up and which way was down. Think of Matrix and you might have at least a little idea about how confusing this book was. Confusing does not mean that it is not a good book. In fact, I quite enjoyed reading about Theo and Phoe. Theo is a main protagonist that never quite fit in, he always asked questions about society, about why the goo came, and how Oasis came to be the last bit of habitable space on a planet Earth that was destroyed by technology and now only has a small part of the world to live in.
Oasis was an absolute adrenalin filled rush. As Theo starts to wake up from his stupor and face the truth about his society, he learns that it is not a utopia, but instead a world that hides a secret. If you enjoyed the Matrix and all of the continual twists and turns, never knowing what is true and what is imagined, then this book will appeal to you. It’s a concept that takes from pre-established Sci-Fi greats while simultaneously introducing its own unique concepts. I am giving Oasis 4/5 stars for a book I enjoyed and hope to read more about in the future. I would have liked to see a few more characters beyond Theo and Phoe fleshed out and hope that in future novels in this series the author gives more depth and breadth to the remaining side characters.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.