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Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy 1) - Tade Thompson

Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy 1) - Tade Thompson

This is book № 105 of a special hardcover edition of only 300 copies

Title: Rosewater

Author:  Tade Thompson

ISBN:  9780356513157

Weight:  823g

Numbered signed first edition, first print hardcover



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Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Rosewater is the start of a vibrant and compellingly told trilogy by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices – perfect for fans of N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice and Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy.

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 rumoured healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past.  He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again – but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future.

Peer & Press Reviews

As strange, vivid and intricate as the alien biosphere at its heart, Rosewater is a fabulous book and Tade Thompson is a writer of enormous heart and talent.  Just brilliant.

Dave Hutchinson, author of the Europe series

In addition to providing a gritty and intricately plotted science fiction mystery, Thompson’s opening of the Wormwood Trilogy considers what it means to be human.


A fiercely weird, breathtaking biopunk tale of alien invasion, Rosewater is ambitious and smart and very, very cool.

Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Rosewater
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition history

Apex Publications (US speculative fiction specialists) published the first edition of Rosewater as a paperback on 15/11/2016 (9781937009298).

Orbit published the UK first edition as a trade paperback on 18/09/2018 (9780316449052).  This was quickly followed by a mass market paperback (9780356511368) on 20/09/2018.

The only global hardcover of this title is the 300 copies printed by Orbit as a special edition (9780356513157) in December 2018 / January 2019.

Edition background

This numbered edition was commissioned by a leading online bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a signed authentication page, tipped-in directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number and that it is a special edition hardcover limited to 300 copies.

This page also has the book’s title, the name of the author and publisher, and the month / year of publication printed on it.

Book number 105 of 300
Series Wormwood Trilogy – book 1
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in signature / number authentication page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Arthur C Clarke Award 2019 – winner

Kitschies Red Tentacle Awards 2018 –shortlist (novel)

Nommo Awards 2017 – inaugural winner (novel)

John W. Campbell Awards 2017 – finalist (sf novel)

Book Stats
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Orbit
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780356513157
ISBN 10 0356513157
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 390
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 145 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Author image David Thompson
Jacket design Charlotte Stroomer – LBBG

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