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Saturday, September 8, 2018

REVIEW: The Last by Hanna Jameson @atriabooks @atriamysterybus @Hanna_Jameson

The Last 
by Hanna Jameson

Thanks so much to Chelsea @suspensethrill and Atria Books for this advanced copy!
In today's political climate, this hits as an all too real situation... see what I thought below.

Publisher:  Atria Books
Publish Date:  April 9, 2019
288 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Mystery

BREAKING: Nuclear weapon detonates over WashingtonBREAKING: London hit, thousands feared dead.
BREAKING: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm.

Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the world ended. More than anything he wishes he hadn't ignored his wife Nadia's last message.

Twenty people remain in Jon's hotel. Far from the nearest city, they wait, they survive.

Then one day, the body of a girl is found. It's clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer...

As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what happens if the killer doesn't want to be found?

My Review:

This is the second book in a row I've read that touches on what could happen given the political climate in the world - always hinted but never overtly stated...

Nuclear bombs have detonated all over the world leaving those left wondering if they're the only ones.  Quickly this becomes a matter of surviving which ultimately leads to paranoia, anxiety and a battle for food and sanity.  Have you ever thought how you would react should the end of the world, or what seems like it, should come?  

There were parts of this book that reminded me of The Walking Dead.  We have a group of people stranded at a hotel.  Quickly a leader makes himself known, there are loyalties amongst this group who have spent days/weeks together but also growing dissent amongst them.  Unsure if there are more people out there or not, but when there are signs … well, paranoia, distrust and chaos start to ensue.  

It seems a running theme that once the world goes to shit, people immediately enact their own rules and/or laws to live by and God help those who aren't following along - if you believe in God, that is.  Why does the human race immediately react this way?  Survival of the fittest.  There were some scary themes thrown in - when thinking if this small group was the only people left for repopulating the world - would men actually force themselves on women to continue the population - are women now just regulated to being baby makers?  Thank you, Jameson, for putting in some strong ass female characters in this. 

I could go on and on about the different things that were happening here.  I loved the way this was written.  Through Jon's eyes as he kept writing on a daily basis to have a transcript for others to know what happened during this time.  I always find these types of reads extremely interesting as, like with anything, when seen through the eyes of one, you only get their perspective and it makes me wonder how the others in the group may have perceived the same situation.

A unique look at the post-apocalyptic/dystopia type read with a little bit of murder/mystery thrown in for good measure (though unnecessary for the main theme in my opinion but I appreciate Jon needing something to occupy his time and mind during these drastic times).  

It's scary because I can actually see something like this happening... and really hoping that it doesn't come to pass.  Unnerving, scarily plausible and compulsive.  


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