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(The Osiris Project #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  453 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Nobody leaves Osiris. Osiris is a lost city. She has lost the world and world has lost her...

Rising high above the frigid waters, the ocean city of Osiris has been cut off from the land since the Great Storm fifty years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth, while others cling to the idea that life still survives somewhere beyond the merciless seas. But
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Published June 5th 2012 by Night Shade Books
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Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I can see how people who are fans of certain other writers (Bruce Sterling for sure, Neal Stephenson maybe) would enjoy this book. I can say with certainty that it isn't terrible, it's a quick read, and if you're reading it because you liked something else and wanted another in the same vein, it'd work for you.

It has several problems:

1) main female character has absolutely no goals that don't revolve around the men in her life. I mean, seriously, none. Chasing her missing twin brother,
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Futuristic Paris Hiltons, bad boys leading rebellions, aquatic wordsmiths
I wanted to like this book. It's got an eye-catching cover, and seems like it could have been a cool post-apocalyptic story.

50 pages in, I was almost ready to DNF it (something I very rarely do) but I persisted until the end out of stubbornness, and because I was just barely interested enough to see what happens.

This is a far future in which the last remnants of mankind live in an isolated floating city-state called Osiris. After some unspecified environmental apocalypse, refugees from all over
Mike Mullin
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here's my blurb:

A novel like the sea surrounding the city of Osiris: full of deep mystery, ineffable beauty, and the siren call of forbidden love. Swift has gifted us with a mesmerizing debut, and I eagerly await her next work. –Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall.
Fred Hughes
This story revolves around two main characters. Adelaide Rechnov is the grand daughter of the man who built Osiris after the water wiped out most of the planets population. He is called the Architect.

The Rechnov’s are one of 3 families who rebuilt and thus control Osiris. Adelaide does not appreciate all the rules and expectations that the Rechnov family requires of all their members, and she is rebelling against that even to the point of adopting the last name Mystik. Here the author has
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. I thought the world was interesting and exciting, and several times throughout the book I thought, okay, now we're getting somewhere good. The problem was that none of the developments amounted to anything except to go read the second book. I thought the end was convoluted and confusing, and the pacing throughout the book was very odd. It was difficult to keep track of how much time had passed between the chapters, as some chapters it was 10 ...more
Brian Henry
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Osiris is a confidently written, fast-paced dystopian thriller with an intriguing set of characters and a very well fleshed-out world. The vivid descriptions and action sequences are strengths in this novel and Swift is able to also include some social commentary and political subtext in her depiction of a sleek island city ruled by an elite class of sophisticates who look down on the less privileged dwellers in the outlying districts. Lots of twists and turns. Lovers of the dystopian sub-genre ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
The Osiris Project is promising to be a very interesting series and, while there were issues with a clunky, disjointed pace and lackluster characters, I’m anxiously waiting to see what Swift has coming at us next. Osiris is the start of a fascinating series which proudly showcases the evolution of speculative fiction.

Read my full review here:
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Osiris is a good book, despite its obvious flaws. I bought this book before I knew it was part of a trilogy. That being said, it didn't feel like the typical setup book, where you must get the second & third volume to actually receive an entire story. It was left with a bittersweet ending, slightly open-ended.
There is character growth, even if damage is the catalyst. The world-building doesn't feel complete, but supports the plot well. The made-up science fiction words, phrases, and
Nora Grace ♌️
DNF at page 25

Maybe my attention span is terrible right now but there is absolutely nothing interesting about this book to keep me going. I instantly disliked the main female protagonist "Adelaide," who has no personality. The two points of view (Adelaide and Vikram) are indistinguishable. The world building makes little sense. I feel like I've read this book before. Ok. I didn't read enough of it to say anything more. :/
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started out with promise. DNF'd. Turned to literal shit, with the actual interesting parts of the plot being drowned by all the fucking love interests.
Adelaide is not a loveable or even admirable character. She's a very easy character to hate, which is not okay considering you, as the reader, are supposed to root for her.
Vikram's personality fizzled out. From cool Mr Rebel Leader to some distant, bland love interest.
The pacing was beyond slow, like, half the shit that happened and was described
Maya Panika
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally derivative, (shades of China Mieville, I thought, maybe even a little bit of Philip K Dick), but nicely written, with some wonderful world building.
A city of glass, towers above the endless ocean. Some disaster has befallen the Earth and the people of Osiris believe they’re the last humans alive – though it seems that some of the city’s rulers have gone to a lot of trouble to ensure Osirans believe they’re the World's last people, making it virtual heresy to even question the
Blodeuedd Finland
Osiris was a dream that turned to dust, but then what kind of dystopic post-apocalyptic book would we have if everything did not go to hell?

In this world storms and well everything really turned the world to a wasteland and Osiris was a refuge for some. The rest of the world is dead..or is it? (no really is it? I wanna know!! I guess I have to wait until book 2 for that). But this Oasis is not a happy place. There are citizens who have it all, and then refuges behind a wall who has nothing and
Traci Loudin
A unique world, where the city itself is a character. Told from two points of view.

While this does work as a standalone, the ending felt curiously unresolved to me, as though the events in the book might be doomed to repeat over and over. Not to mention the fact that
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As someone who doesn't enjoy reading romance, I appreciated that the relationships were kept tightly controlled as subplots. It's one of the few books I've read brave
Ella Drake
Vividly portrayed in a stirring dystopian, Osiris is a futuristic island society with sharp divisions of wealth and basic rights. The possibilities of this future world are haunting, and the realistically drawn characters bring it to leave you thinking of them long after you put the book down.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Once I realized it was a romance novel masquerading as sci fi, I gave up.
Jun 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
ZOMG. This one sounds interesting. Plus that cover! Love everything about it--the composition, the light fading through the middle, the vertical landscape, the scale. <3
Kathryn Waldron
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like my Kindle, but the sample chapters you can download aren’t enough. I have to give a book 100 pages before I know whether it’s worth persevering with. So after downloading the beginning of Osiris, I found myself enjoying it, but not really getting into it enough to actually shell out some dough and stop being tight.

Fast-forward a couple of years and I see the book in the local Book Cycle, a place where you can donate some money and just walk away with books. 50p later (yeah yeah, I’m
Sandra J
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Twenty attempts to read this.
The story is quite peculiar and dry in some places.
Constantly was interested and bored while reading .
Mike Franklin
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was half expecting to dislike Osiris, I’m not a great post-apocalyptic fan, I’ve had more disappointments than successes with freebies (I got this as a freebie from Night Shade Books) and this was a debut novel. Not a very auspicious start and for that reason I have been putting reading this off for some time now. However I’ve now read it and… thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is a bit uneven in places, sometimes dives into some pretty severe purple prose (including the opening pages) with some very
You can find the full review at my blog:

Among the bloggers that I follow, there is a general sentiment around that a high percentage of the novels published by Night Shade push genre boundaries and take bold chances that are often trend-setters. Now, most of these bloggers have been avidly reading novels with an eye to being critical for far longer than I have, so they have a much broader scope of experience that dictates this particular opinion. I’ve only
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like a dark, heavy, character-driven story
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley/Night Shade Books
Book Info: Genre: Science fiction/dystopian
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those who like their stories really dark
Trigger Warnings: execution, keeping “outsiders” in ghetto/thrall, violence, fighting, killing, murder, victimization

My Thoughts: What a very strange world this is. You're just thrown into the water and expected to swim, figure out what the language means, and I was well into the book (almost halfway) before I figured out exactly where this was supposedly taking place. It's a
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Night Shade Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book for them.

Adelaide “Mystik” Rechnov is a spoiled brat socialite searching for her missing (and presumed dead) mentally-ill twin brother Axel. Vikram “Bai” is a passionate but impoverished citizen of Western Osiris fighting for the basic human rights of his Western kinsmen. Their paths intersect when Adelaide’s brother Linus suggests to Vikram that his sister might just be bored enough to help him
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
First things first, this book was WAY longer then it should have been. I mean come on, it seriously took reading 150 pages before anything really happened. Ok, I get it, Osiris sucks. The rich continue to get rich, while the poor eat heaping bowls full of shit and yes, I get it, Adelaide needs her brother like a crackhead needs a hit. I get it.

Another issue I have with this dystopia is the fact that some common names for things are the same while other are different...why change the name of
Tahlia Newland
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
This is a well written book with rich imagery. What I liked most about it was the setting. Imagine a city of glass towers rising from the ocean, linked by high bridges, and with boats plying the waterways at their base.

Rising high above the frigid waters, the ocean city of Osiris has been cut off from the land since the Great Storm 50 years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth. Adelaide is the black-sheep granddaughter of the city’s Architect. A jaded socialite, she
Willy Eckerslike
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The old have/have-not storyline is well trodden ground in science fiction dating right back to its inception with the Eloi and Morlocks while the injustice of the down-trodden masses and the pampered elite is as old as mankind itself. So, with the challenge of coming up with an original storyline based on such an ancient theme, Miss Swift brings us Osiris.

Osiris is an ocean city built as the last bastion of humanity against the literally rising tides of climate change. As far as the populace are
Dan Barr
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Osiris is, on the surface, a book about the last human outpost of an eco-apocalypse. Thankfully, unlike most other books of the genre which are more interested in preaching than plot, it quickly becomes much much more than that. Osiris takes the best parts of many different types of stories; it's got social upheaval, an odd-couple romance, political intrigue, and a touch of claustrophobia. The book (and apparently, series) takes its name from the ocean-bound city where it is set. Osiris is ...more
Dante Iannetta
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hm, not what I was expecting at all. But in a good way.

First of all, for a first novel, E.J. is one hell of a good writer. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Some words were used that I have never have heard of before, and a lot of made up words are thrown at you all at once. Eventually you can figure out what the characters are talking about from the context, but this book had a big learning curve for me. But after a few chapters into it, you start to read it at some sort of rhythm
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, dystopian
This was quite a long read, I was expecting it to be shorter. It *could* have been shorter. I'm not really sure what to say about this book.

Adelaide was an unlikeable character, as was her whole family. Her brother, Axel, is missing and presumed dead by most people. She's trying to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Her parents are more concerned with public appearance than anything else. One of the two brothers seemed like a decent person (the other was barely mentioned).

I was, however,
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E. J. Swift is the author of The Osiris Project trilogy, a speculative fiction series set in a world radically altered by climate change, comprising Osiris, Cataveiro and Tamaruq. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Salt Publishing, NewCon Press and Jurassic London, including The Best British Fantasy (Salt Publishing, 2013 and 2014).

Swift was shortlisted for a 2013 BSFA Award in the

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