Rosewater by Tade Thompson


Tade Thompson's Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices.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 rumored healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal pas...

Details Rosewater

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Rosewater

  • Althea Ann
    One of my Hugo Award nominees, novel, 2016. ____This book is one of those discoveries that not only is enjoyable for itself; it's good enough to make me feel overall cheerily optimistic about the future of science fiction writing. Of course, this is not to be confused with 'feeling cheery about the future;' the effect here is quite the opposite, in fact.It's also one of those books where everything takes some time to come clear - though it's not ...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    This is one of those books that is not going to be for everyone. To put it simply, there's a lot of deep sci-fi shit going on in and you really need to be a fan and in the mood for speculative sci-fi to enjoy this one. I never felt lost but you do you have to really pay attention because there's not only a lot going on but the timeline flips back and forth. Thompson's writing and ideas are extraordinary though and very creative! It's kind of weir...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Rosewater is a purely brilliant read, one of the most imaginative science fiction novels I have read in ages.Set in a future Nigeria, in the town of Rosewater, where psychics exist and a mysterious alien dome sends out healing vibes (and occasionally reanimates the dead) we follow Kaaro, whose one visit into the dome makes him determined never to return…The story is complex and darkly beautiful, descriptively this is stunning, immersing you int...
  • Aliette
    Dark and gritty, and always wonderfully imaginative, ROSEWATER is a depiction of the future that will leave you breathless. One of the most imaginative alien invasion scenarios I have come across in recent years--and never less than utterly convincing and dazzlingly immersive.Full review to come closer to release date!
  • Tammy
    The nitty-gritty: Weird and wild, this is one alien invasion story you don’t want to miss. “Give him a change of clothes,” says Oyin Da. She code-switches into Yoruba where her speech is not so devoid of emotion. “I’m not going to see potential adversaries smelling of meat.” “Touch these clothes and you die,” I say. “Meat or no meat, this shirt is Pierre Cardin. I’d rather stink.” In my ongoing search for fiction with divers...
  • Bryan Alexander
    What a deeply imagined, deeply engaging, and rewarding novel. Rosewater isn't easily categorized. It is a near-future science fiction tale, while partaking of fantasy. It is also a mystery/crime story. And it is also set in Nigeria, an usual locale for those genres, and that location matters very much to the story as well as to many readers.In the middle of the 21st century some things have changed. An alien organism has appeared on Earth and beg...
  • Acqua
    DNF at 27%Rosewater is a science fiction novel set in Rosewater, Nigeria, a city that grew around a mysterious dome of alien origins. Once a year, this dome opens and many people get healed, but it never lets anyone enter. Kaaro, the main character, is the only exception.Kaaro is a sensitive, which means he can listen to people's thoughts, and find things whose location he isn't supposed to know.I liked this setup, but I almost arrived to the 30%...
  • Chris
    In the near future, an alien object has appeared outside of Lagos, Nigeria—an alien dome blocks out entry and creates the mystery of what’s held inside, as a shantytown springs up around it. At different intervals, the dome opens just enough to emit “healing” powers which manifest in strange and inhuman ways, creating small groups of misshapen but “cured” individuals. It’s also created the sensitives, those with a kind of telepathic...
  • Brooke Banks
    First sentence: I ’m at the Integrity Bank job for forty minutes before the anxieties kick in.Rosewater follows Kaaro as he investigates why sensitives, people with paranormal abilities, are dying now with intermissions from his past. He knows far more than most people, but he doesn’t spill his secrets quickly. We must move along and figure it out with him as he discovers he understood and grapples with the naked truth. Kaaro is an odd duck. ...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Rosewater is one of the most inventive science fiction novels I’ve read in a long time, and I dearly hope it gets more attention.Nigeria, 2066. Kaaro lives in the city of Rosewater, a settlement that grew up around an alien biodome. He spends his days providing psychic protection for a bank, but secretly, he’s the most powerful psychic of Section 35, a secret agency within the Nigerian government. As other psychics begin dying one by one, Kaa...
  • Milton
    Rosewater by Tade Thompson is an amazing blend of cyperpunk, biopunk and spiritualism set in midst of a future Lagos. The main character, Kaaro, is an everyday man ‘infected’ with extraordinary abilities which eventually lands him a position with a government agency. The story that follows is one of the most original science fiction stories I’ve read in quite some time. Tade tells this tale in a way that keeps you guessing right up to the e...
  • Terence Blake
    A mysterious "biodome" of alien origin in the center of the city of Rosewater, which none can enter. Once a year a small opening or "pore" appears and people around are healed of their illnesses (good, usually) or "reconstructed" along other lines (bad, usually). Mysteries, espionage, secrets, violence, virtual alien sex and human love, angelic and god-like extraterrestrials, fungal infected human telepaths quantum accessing the noosphere compose...
  • Hiu Gregg
    Review to come.
  • Ian Mond
    As they do every year Strange Horizons brought together its reviewers and asked them to list their favourite books for 2016. My two bobs worth was only just published and it doesn't include Tade Thompson's Rosewater. But it would have, if only I'd read the book in early, rather than late, December. Following on from Thompson's very impressive debut novel, Making Wolf, which I reviewed for Strange Horizons, Rosewater marks Thompson out as a writer...
  • Karina
    All kinds of awesome.
  • Moray Teale
    In a near-future Nigeria the settlement on Rosewater has grown up around the “ground zero” of an alien appearance. A mysterious presence has established itself beneath a biodome known as Utopicity with huge consequences for Nigeria and the world at large. An alien fungal spore has penetrated Earth’s atmosphere creating links to every living thing and, in the process, gifting a small percentage of humans with psychic-like gifts, allowing the...
  • Anna Stephens
    Compellingly told and utterly original, I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. The language, voice and ideas are richly conceived and vibrantly alive, and the premise itself is compelling and, slowly, terrifying. Although this is the first of a trilogy, it reads as a stand alone novel with an intensely satisfying conclusion. I cannot wait to see where this narrative goes in the sequels.
  • Maryam
    Review first published on The Curious SFF Reader I read Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor about the same time last year and even though I enjoyed it, a lot of things went over my head. However, I have come to really appreciate Okorafor's writing and ideas after reading four of her works last year and when I saw on Netgalley that Rosewater, another book about the aftermath of an alien invasion in Lagos, Nigeria, I was sold. Also, it helped that I had previ...
  • Josh S
    Rosewater is an incredible story that is also very different and hard to describe (the book blurb on Amazon is terrible). The story takes place 40-60 years in the future. An alien entity has come to earth & now resides in a sealed dome in Nigeria surrounded by a city known as Rosewater. The alien has had strange effects on the world, giving some individuals psychic-like abilities. Kaaro is one such psychic (or sensitive, as these people are calle...
  • Kinsey_m
    Wow. Amazing novel. It was 5 stars most of the way, but the ending left me dissatisfied which is why I went with 4 in the end. The book seems to point in the direction of a sequel (which I'll cretainly be reading if that's the case) and I expected a more self-contained story, so I may review my rating in the future. This is by no means an easy read. It often reminded me of the Southern Reach Trilogy in its originality and complexity (although bot...
  • Natalie Waddell-Rutter
    A fascinating story that I was drawn into from the first. Trying to describe the plot is nearly impossible, though. Part of my enjoyment came from the Nigerian setting. The relationships between characters, the proverbs they quoted, and the underlying framework of the story was Nigerian, and definitely not Western. In fact, America has gone dark (literally - there's a whole mystery here that needs exploration in a sequel) and in the power vacuum,...
  • Demi
    I really loved this post-alien invasion, near future novel! Mostly, I loved Aminat, because she’s a stone cold badass.
  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
    Rosewater has been out conquering the rest of the science fiction reading world since 2016 and, after an unconscionably long wait, is finally coming to UK bookshops in September. (A particular travesty since Tade Thompson is British.) When I saw it pop up on Netgalley I snapped it up right away and read it compulsively. It delivers on the praise and then some, challenging tropes and expectations while revelling in sf popular culture.In 2012 an am...
  • Laura
    Rosewater, the first novel in Tade Thompson's SF trilogy, was published by indie press Apex in 2017 but is now being republished by Orbit after it won best novel at the 2017 Nommo Awards, which are for African speculative fiction or science fiction. Set in a future Nigeria in 2066, it focuses on Kaaro, a youngish black man who has a dual role: by day, he works for Integrity Bank and by night, and unwillingly, for an underground organisation cal...
  • Thomas
    Rosewater is the story of an alien invasion. This is a common trope in science fiction, but Thompson has created something unique in this book. For one, the thrust of the invasion isn't made clear in the story, or for the characters in the book, enough so that it reminded me a little of Roadside Picnic, in that the aliens seem to disregard the human being all together. For another, Thompson doesn't make the heart of the story about the invasion;...
  • Tabatha Stirling
    Honest review in return for an ARC from NetGalley and Orbit. Thank you.I was blown away by Rosewater. I've never been a fan of speculative fiction but fantasy is one of my favourite genres and I was intrigued by the blurb, the beautiful cover (which I would have quite happily had as a poster somewhere in the house) and the author. I'm not going to try to explain the plot fully - the novel is set in Nigeria in a fictional town called Rosewater tha...
  • Chris Hazen
    I'm pretty sure I'll be reviewing Rosewater with Cameron (and possibly Barry) on Nerd Book Review. Will update when that happens.
  • Leah Rachel
    Review to come.