[REVIEW] Oasis [The Last Humans #1]

Series: The Last Humans [#1]
Published by: Mozaika Publications (January 19, 2016)
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 238
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: ARC, Author via Tomoson.com
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My name is Theo, and I’m a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It’s meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.

I was once content too, but now I’m different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.

Or is she?

-blurb via Amazon.com product page

About the Author

Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career.

Dima holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind-reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends.

He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants.

In addition to his own works, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, has been a bestseller in its categories and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman’s Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere. Keep in mind, though, Dima Zales’s books are going to be much more PG 13 . . . at least that’s the plan for now.

Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her. Dima’s fans are strongly encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work at http://www.annazaires.com/

[via goodreads]


“Fuck. Vagina. Shit.” literally the first line in the book, and i knew at that moment that this was my kind of book.

Oasis is the first in a series of books called The Last Humans. This book is set very, very far in the future to the point that things of today’s world like Eeyore the donkey from Winnie The Pooh and the movie Silence of the Lambs are considered ancient history. Mental illness, Death and suicide are things considered taboo. Romantic love is eradicated and nobody feels that emotion.

Oasis was definitely amusing and had those awe-inspiring moments of “Holy crap, i did not see that coming!” I like a plot that keeps me guessing and Oasis definitely makes me do a lot of that. the Guard characters actually reminded me heavily of the Peacekeepers from the Hunger Games series.

I thought for the longest time that Theodore was a female-identifying character, but when we got to the point where one of his professors was looking for him alongside his friend Liam, I discovered that Theodore was in fact male-identifying. Whoops, my bad.

As I got to the end of the book though, it was the biggest plot-twist of all and I actually was sat there staring at my Kindle like “WHAAAAAAAAAAT?” i’m trying to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible so I’m not going to mention what happens but it was definitely something I was not expecting.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book enough to possibly pursue the next one to see what happens next with Theodore and Phoe!

5 out of 5 paws up!

 


 

*LEGAL JARGON* i was contacted by the author for a review. i received an ARC copy of the book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.