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 past. ...

Details Rosewater

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Cultural, Africa

Reviews Rosewater

  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    I received an uncorrected bound proof copy of Rosewater in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Tade Thompson and Orbit books for the opportunity. Set in Nigeria 2066, we follow Kaaro in the first person perspective. He is a complex yet interesting protagonist who is a psychic. He has two jobs. One is where he stops bank fraud and the other is more James Bond-esque, working for the government department of S45, which he doesn't re...
  • 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 ...
  • Bradley
    Lately, I've been seeing a lot of novels either set in Africa or Nigeria in specific, ranging from complicated crime tales or wild fantasies or hardcore SF. This one is more hardcore than most. The SF branches into the Zenosphere, alien-headspaces, biopunk nightmares and symbioses and regular everyday Lagos and Nigerian, in general, misbehavior. :)This novel is packed to the gills with great ideas, interesting storytelling structure set in two ti...
  • Lori
    Neuromancer meets Star WarsThe time jumps are annoying. You might want text as well as audio to flip back.(view spoiler)[My son pointed out that if midichlorians were alien fungal spores it would make sense. (hide spoiler)]****************************************************
  • Hannah
    I am really unsure about my feelings for this one, except for this: it is pretty damn cool. And I cannot wait to see where Tade Thompson takes this story next.Rosewater is a town in future Nigeria, built around an alien biodome which opens once a year to heal everybody in the vicinity of the opening. Since the aliens have landed, some people have started developing powers. One of those superpowered individuals, and possibly the strongest, is Kaar...
  • Lata
    Bizarro, freaky and weird! Starting with the gorgeous cover, this inventive story of alien something that crashes on earth, resulting in 1) a settlement in Nigeria, Rosewater, at the site of a strange extrusion, 2) telepaths, or sensitives as they’re called here, 3) healing powers of the extrusion, 4) a government agency’s (S45) use of sensitives, 5) a “subversive” hunted by S45, 6) implanted tech and 7) a compulsive thief protagonist emp...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    It is the year 2066, and in the African country of Nigeria there stands a makeshift town called Rosewater. The town didn't exist before an alien biodome just appeared out of nowhere near the city of Lagos over a decade earlier. The doughnut-shaped town was built by the pilgrims and locals who visit the biodome each year with the hopes of being healed when the dome opens for a brief period of time. Over the years, Rosewater has only grown and is n...
  • 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...
  • Kaitlin
    This is a book that I picked up purely based on cover and the blurb, having never heard of the author beforehand. It's a sci-fi and it's set in Africa, and I think that is enough to get me to want to try it because that's pretty unusual. I really though that I may enjoy this one, as it's a lot more focused on people than some SF is, but in the end I found it to be a bit too convoluted of a story. I think there's a lot of potential here with the s...
  • Lindsay
    Richly inventive science fiction with a remarkable sense of place with an alien invasion/colonization set in Nigeria.The setting is mid-22nd century Nigeria after the years after the arrival of mysterious aliens. Kaaro is a sensitive, a finder, which is a type of psychic with powers intimately related to the alien presence. The story moves between Lagos and the fictional Rosewater, the town that's sprung up around the site of an alien bio-dome. T...
  • Lou
    Well, Tade Thompson has blown me away with this award-winning book! 'Rosewater' is the first novel in the Wormwood Trilogy, and I'm already desperate to get my hands on the follow-up. This is without a doubt one of the best and most imaginative speculative fiction titles I've ever had the pleasure to read. The worldbuilding is excellent. the characters beautifully painted and relatable and the science that underpins in all is absolutely fascinati...
  • Monica
    Weird and interesting. I liked this alot. Gathering my thoughts...4 StarsListened to audiobook.
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was weird, but in the best way possible. And that’s not something I can say about a lot of books, given my low weirdness tolerance. However, this was an instance where I was glad I kept an open mind, because while the story and I may have started out on shaky ground, it eventually expanded and developed into something strangely wonderful and compelling.The book ...
  • Dave
    Is it War of the Worlds? Is it Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Is it Neo in the Matrix? No other alien 👽 invasion was ever like this? To start with, the alien (Wormwood) pokes his head out in Nigeria after initially surfacing in Hyde Park, London. Moreover, the alien is hidden beneath a giant bio dome that opens once a year for a healing ritual that would make all faith healers jealous. Anything and everyone is cured of warts to cancer, althou...
  • 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%...
  • Olivia
    Rosewater came with high praise, and when I attended a comic convention in London last November, I just had to buy a copy and get it signed by the author, Tade Thompson. What a lovely, kind man. It was a pleasure to meet him.I highly recommend Rosewater, though I do not think it will be for everyone. It's speculative science-fiction, plays with flashbacks, is confusing at times, and the narrator is a very peculiar character. Personally, I never f...
  • Justine
    What can I say? This is one of those books that delivers something you didn't know you needed until it is placed in front of you.Exotic yet familiar, simple yet complex, Thompson's twisting, non-linear tale both satisfies and leaves you wanting more.
  • Allison Hurd
    I've never read anything quite like this. A brilliant blend of so many different ideas, voices, and cultures. Really worth a read.CONTENT WARNING: (no actual spoilers, just a list of topics) (view spoiler)[homophobia, HIV, animal abuse, torture, body horror, medical experimentation, murder, casual sexism. (hide spoiler)]Things to love:-The concept. It's a side-step from anything else I've ever read. So many tropes, so many worn ideas, cast in a b...
  • 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...
  • Kaa
    This book requires a lot of focus to follow as it moves from timeline to timeline, and there were some moments where I really had to grit my teeth, but when it all comes together... wow. I loved the use of language and metaphor, and the ideas are fascinating. Will definitely be continuing with the series!
  • Bill Door
    Rosewater is the first sci fi book I’ve read that is set in Africa, it was a nice change in pace from what else I’ve been reading so far this year. I’ve seen a bunch of positive reviews from friends for this book so I decided to give it a go!Kaaro has two jobs, one is a mundane job working at a bank, the other is working for a secret section of the government known as S-45. He’s recruited by this organization because he’s a sensitive, s...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Rose
    This started out so promising, it really did. I was invested in the world and the story that Thompson had built for us, intrigued by how he had woven a post-first contact society into one that is somewhat temporally analogous to our own. Despite my immediate dislike of the main character, Kaaro, I was hooked.However, something happened around the 60% mark that made me really lose interest. I was still reading with the same speed, but more to get ...
  • Gabi
    This book was a terrific, complex and intelligent rollercoaster ride!There is so much I loved about it:The narration style is vibrant, fresh, natural – fully alive and reminds me of Nnedi Okorafor, whom I adore.The characters are authentic, deeply fleshed out, flawed and interesting.The female protagonists are strong and believable.The setting in Nigeria just adds to the vibrancy and it is wonderful to get away from the Aliens-visit-the-US sche...
  • Skip
    Nigeria 2066. The protagonist Kaaro lives in Rosewater, a settlement that grew up around an alien biodome, with healing powers. He has special psychic abilities, resulting from a microscopic fungus in the Earth's atmosphere. As a young man, he uses his "gift" to steal, but is eventually trapped and when he is about to be "necklaced," he is offered an escape to work for Section 45, a secret Nigerian government agency, helping mostly with finding t...
  • Tomislav
    Tade Thompson is relatively new British-born and raised writer of Nigerian descent (Yoruba). I read Rosewater because it was November book of the month on Goodreads’ SciFi and Fantasy Book Club, and because it was on the Locus Recommended Reading List for Science Fiction of 2016. The novel was nominated for John W. Campbell Award in 2017. It is the first volume of Thompson’s Wormwood trilogy. The second volume, Insurrection, is due out in Mar...
  • Hank
    Mind blown! Thompson kept me off ballance for the entire book, just when I thought I had a handle on the world and Kaaro, he would add something else. I loved all of it. The slow reveal of Kaaro's ability and the Xenosphere, the changing nature of S45, Wormwood and the aliens, all of it. Strong 5 star because it was different, weird and I never could see where it was going....on to the slight detractionsChapter setup - flipping between years both...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    'Rosewater' has the most chopped-up timeline in a novel I have read! It veers between Chapters titled Then, Interlude:Mission, and Now, and the years 2032, 2042, 2043, 2045, 2055, 2056, 2057, 2059, 2060, 2061, 2065, 2066. The main character Kaaro, who grows up in Lagos as a thief, and who later is recruited by a mysterious Nigerian secret service outfit called S45 as a 'Finder' mentalist, lives in or visits various Nigerian places and towns title...