Swift, E.J. Osiris. Night Shade. (Osiris Project, Bk. 1). Jul. 2012. c.400p. ISBN 9781597804172. $26.99. SF
Fifty years after the cataclysmic Great Storm that flooded Earth with rising waters, Osiris is believed to be the last city standing and serves as the collection point for survivors. Divided into Citizens who enjoy the privileges of prosperity and Refugees who live confined in Osiris’s impoverished western quarter, the social fabric has begun to unravel as dissent and fear further divide the haves from the have-nots. When Adelaide, the renegade granddaughter of the city’s Architect, joins forces with Vikram, a refugee on a mission of justice for the neglected westerners, the beginnings of a resistance spark a mixed reaction from the city’s powers. VERDICT Swift’s first novel, with its brilliant near-future vision of an ecologically and socially devastated world and characters who resonate with life and passion, marks her as an author to watch.