The Last by Hanna Jameson


Jon thought he had all the time in the world to respond to his wife’s text message: I miss you so much. I feel bad about how we left it. Love you. But as he’s waiting in the lobby of the L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland after an academic conference, still mulling over how to respond to his wife, he receives a string of horrifying push notifications. Washington, DC has been hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, then London, and finally Berlin. That’s all he knows before news outlets and social media goes black—and before the clouds on the horizon turn orange.

Now, two months later, there are twenty survivors holed up at the hotel, a place already tainted by its strange history of suicides and murders. Those who can’t bear to stay commit suicide or wander off into the woods. Jon and the others try to maintain some semblance of civilisation. But when the water pressure disappears, and Jon and a crew of survivors investigate the hotel’s water tanks, they are shocked to discover the body of a young girl.

As supplies dwindle and tensions rise, Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the little girl as a way to cling to his own humanity. Yet the real question remains: can he afford to lose his mind in this hotel, or should he take his chances in the outside world?

My Review

A dystopian thriller beaten with a political stick!

Don’t let the political stuck put you off, politics is in no way forced down your throat or the main plot in this book, it just has a few digs in places. It gives no names but the flashing neon sign is one not even I could miss and I don’t follow politics at all!

Set in a hotel in Switzerland a handful of guests and staff watch the end of the world before everything goes dark. This is their story, how they survived the nuclear apocalypse one claustrophobic day at a time.

With some great characters that you will love and love to hate this is the end of the world in the 21st century where the death of the internet and social media is as traumatic as the end of humankind its self!

Told from the first person prospective, Dr. Jon Keller an American lecturer who was staying at the hotel attending a conference begins chronicling events beginning from Day One. It follows his own thoughts and actions as well as the other guests as they all try to come to terms with being the possible sole survivors of the end of the world.

What would you do? How do you survive with none of the 21st century luxuries we are all so reliant on in this day and age?

Well written and thought provoking it is a book for our time, it is a book that will linger in your thoughts way after you have turned the last page.

A great edition to the dystopian/apocalyptic genre with an added murder mystery. Grab a copy for yourself now and see how good it really is for yourself.

Many thanks to the author Hanna Jameson, publishers Penguin Books and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest, independent review.

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