May 252015

I came to this first-in-a-trilogy after reading its sequel Cataveiro – there isn’t much in the way of spoilers and it’s perfectly comprehensible. Osiris is a city at sea, cut off from a world presumed dead. It’s overcrowded but Osiris’ hereditary families live lives of unimaginable luxury whilst the western poor struggle, staying awake at night to avoid dying of the cold. A westerner and an easterner meet and fall into an uneasy alliance. This is a political story of people using and being used, of betrayal, corruption, and power. It’s a very strong opener, though less polished than its sequel.

Mar 132015

The second in the Osiris trilogy, and this one is a corker – there’s no need to have read the first book at all.

In a climate change ravaged world, Ramona Callejas is the only pilot – and mapmaker– of the last aeroplane in the technophobic country of Patagonia, a poor state at the southern edge of the desert that stretches across the Americas. She, and Antarctican refugee Taeo, have to travel through Cataveiro, the a crossroads city, where anything can happen, and often does, in this deeply personal story of politics and the high cost of life in this post-apocalyptic world.