Rosewater : Book 1 of the Wormwood Trilogy, Winner of the Nommo Award for Best Novel

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***Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2019***

Winner of the inaugural Nommo Award for Best Novel, Africa's first award for speculative fiction
Shortlisted for the Kitschie Award for Best Novel 2019

John W. Campbell Award finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel

'A magnificent tour de force' Adrian Tchaikovsky

'Smart. Gripping. Fabulous!' Ann Leckie

'Mesmerising' M. R. Carey

'An astonishing book. I wish I'd written it' Lauren Beukes

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 rumoured 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 realisation about a horrifying future.

Rosewater is the start of a vibrant and compellingly told trilogy by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices - perfect for fans of N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 132 x 209 x 26mm | 284g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0356511367
  • 9780356511368
  • 108,872

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Smart. Gripping. Fabulous! Ann Leckie
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A winning combination of science fiction invention, gritty plotting and sly wit * Dr Andrew M. Butler, Chair of Judges of Arthur C. Clarke Awards 2019 * Mind-expanding and utterly addictive -- Mark Haddon author of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Rosewater asks you uncomfortable questions about what is right, what is wrong, what you'll tolerate, and what is human -- Mike Brooks Breathtakingly smart prose -- SEATTLE REVIEW OF BOOKS You've never been anywhere like Rosewater. And you've never seen an alien invasion like this. Tade Thompson will take you someplace incredible, full of unforgettable characters and deep insight. Rosewater cements his place as one of our our boldest and most exciting new writers -- Sam J. Miller A strange and unsettling story of psychics, conspiracy, and alien invasion unlike anything I've read before. Masterfully constructed, brimming with ideas and slowly unfolding mystery, Rosewater hurt my brain in the best of ways -- Fonda Lee, author of JADE CITY As strange, vivid and intricate as the alien biosphere at its heart, Rosewater is a fabulous book and Tade Thompson is a writer of enormous heart and talent. Just brilliant -- Dave Hutchinson In addition to providing a gritty and intricately plotted science fiction mystery, Thompson's opening of the Wormwood Trilogy considers what it means to be human -- Booklist Perfect for fans of William Gibson's NEUROMANCER, this twisty, captivating page-turner explores the fragility of the mind and how memory constructs identity -- BookPage A fiercely weird, breathtaking biopunk tale of alien invasion, Rosewater is ambitious and smart and very, very cool -- Tasha Suri, author of EMPIRE OF SAND An astonishing book. I wish I'd written it -- Lauren Beukes This series is going to be addictive. See you on the other side -- STYLIST (featured as a top ten pick for September) Hard-edged and utterly compelling -- i newspaper A magnificent tour de force, skilfully written and full of original and disturbing ideas -- Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of CHILDREN OF TIME Hugely satisfying . . . a darkly beautiful gem -- SFX Mesmerising. There are echoes of Neuromancer and Arrival in here, but this astonishing debut is beholden to no-one -- M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS Smart. Gripping. Fabulous! -- Ann Leckie
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About Tade Thompson

Tade Thompson is the author of Rosewater, which was the winner of the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke Award, inaugural winner of the Nommo Award and a John W. Campbell finalist. His Hugo Award-shortlisted Wormwood trilogy is set in the world of Rosewater, and he is working on a space opera. His Shirley Jackson Award-shortlisted novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne has been optioned for screen adaptation. Born in London to Yoruba parents, he lives and works on the south coast of England where he battles an addiction to books.
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2 6% (423)
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