Rosewater is set in Nigeria, 2066, about a alien life form that has set up a dome around the city, where strange things happen. The presence has all sorts of effects, like healing those near enough to the dome a certain times even bringing people back from the dead, as well as causing some people to gain psychic abilities. Rosewater follows Kaaro, the protagonist with these powers, and he tells his life living near Rosewater. .
This is a very futuristic, science fiction book, that borders almost on cyberpunk themes. Kaaro can enter the xenosphere because of his abilities, which also allows him to navigate the xenosphere, read peoples minds, and even control people. .
There are several timelines found through the book, jumping between the present and the past where Kaaro was a thief because he was discovered to be a sensitive, and another timeline when he first started working with the S45, a secret serviceesque group that needed his abilities, and the current timeline where sensitives and psychics like him are dying and he’s searching for the cause. .
I struggled a bit with Rosewater. I found the writing to be a bit dry, so it felt rather slow despite being a fairly short book. While the storyline is interesting, it’s just so dense for the futuristic world building that it reads a bit dry. I did like the setting, having read only a few books set in Nigeria, but I would have liked to see more descriptions of where Kaaro lived rather than just vague mentions of the city. .
For fans that want their sci-fi to be as science fictiony as possible, I think they’ll be huge fans of this book. Especially for the bit of cyberpunk added in to it as well. If you’re looking for a book with a lot of character development though, this book doesn’t really have it. Kaaro is a very stoic character that never really changes throughout, despite what’s occurring around him. His thought processes are straightforward and unchanging, and he wasn’t the most likeable of main characters. Despite this, the book is still rather fun, and a lot of readers will get a lot from it. 📚
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