The Last by Hanna Jameson
This book is EPICALLY GOOD - in part because it strikes resoundingly close to home, in part because it's highly addictive to read.
Set in the immediate aftermath of worldwide destruction brought on by a nuclear war, the book is written as an account of the days and months of one group of survivors who were staying at remote hotel in Switzerland when the attacks occurred.
The book explores the reality of what living in the immediate post-apocalyptic world would truly be like - how a group of complete strangers would be forced to band together to work towards survival in a new world. How alliances would inevitably be formed, how justice would be meted out, how decisions and leadership would fall into place, how relationships would be formed and broken, and how grieving a world lost would impact everyone.
I was completely sucked into this story, it was so wildly compelling to read. I loved the premise that this group of survivors was very much intact, and set up for at least immediate success to survive - but that that premise didn't lend itself to a feeling of safety or security in the least. I loved that there was an added layer of mystery surrounding the discovery of a young girls body in a water tank - a young girl no one could account for in the new world. I love that Jon's character was relentlessly determined to accurately record the aftermath and the world they now lived in. All of these elements brought together created this intriguing read that was IMPOSSIBLE to set down.
I won't ruin this one for readers - despite it not being a traditional suspense thriller, there are still twists and turns aplenty - but I will say that this should be on EVERY bookworm's pile, it is too fantastic of a read to miss this summer, I promise you.
This beauty is out today, so be sure to grab your copy!!!!
Thank you Atria Books for sharing an advanced copy of this one with me!
"Nuclear apocalypse meets murder mystery, with an amazing cast of characters. It's Stephen King meets Agatha Christie, in this fantastic and highly original novel” -Luca Vesta, author of Dead Gone
“The questions Jameson poses—who will be with you at the end of the world, and what kind of person will you be?—are as haunting as the plot itself. This is a chilling and extraordinary book.” -Emily St. John Mandel, bestselling author of Station Eleven
For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war—along with twenty other survivors—who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel’s water tanks.