"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." (Jackie Cassada Library Journal 20120713)
"A glittering first novel: a kind of flooded Gormenghast treated with the alienated polish of DeLillo's Cosmopolis. The result is a gripping novel, readable, beautiful, politically engaged and wholly accomplished. Swift is a ridiculously talented writer." (Adam Roberts )
"Dystopia is back ... it's the characters, and what their lives show us of the fascinating, stratified world of Osiris, that are the heart of this promising debut novel" (Nic Clarke SFX )
"I love a good dystopian book and Swift has done an excellent job at world building a new one, with some individual and refreshing elements." (Sci-fi online 20130301)
From the Back Cover
NOBODY LEAVES OSIRIS
Wealthy socialite and granddaughter of the Architect, she spends her time in pointless luxury, rebelling against her family in a series of jaded social extravagances and scandals until her twin brother disappears in mysterious circumstances.
He lives in the Western Quarter, home to the poor descendants of storm refugees and effectively quarantined from the wealthy elite. His people live with cold and starvation, but the coming brutal winter promises civil unrest, and a return to the riots of previous years.
As tensions rise in the city, can Adelaide and Vikram bridge the divide at the heart of Osiris before conspiracies bring them to the edge of disaster?
About the Author
E. J. Swift has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, from the ridiculous to the epic. Although her work has always contained elements of the fantastical, she came to writing science fiction almost by accident, and it's given her an entire new world to explore. She loves reading and writing fiction which creates new worlds and is inspired by writers who bring the extraordinary to the ordinary.
Her first published story, 'The Complex', appears in the collection Best British Fantasy 2013, as well as the January/February 2012 edition of Interzone Magazine.