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    Easy read, end of the world diary

    Only took about a week to get through, very easy to read. Diary style book of a man who sees in the end of the world via nuclear war and how they survive in the months after Not too gory and not much swearing Would make a good book for a teenager to read
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    A refreshing apocalyptic thriller

    When the end of the world happens, where will you be? Jon is at a conference in Switzerland when nuclear war hits, away from his family and friends he finds himself with a group of survivors camped at his hotel. However, when a body is discovered can he really trust the people around him? I always struggle a little with apocalyptic thrillers as my favourite book is The Stand by Stephen King and you very often get poor imitations or very similar works that you can’t help but compare. The Last isn’t the usual virus/zombie apocalypse story, it’s much more realistic with the start of nuclear war. There are references in there to the here and now - particularly the blame being placed on Americans for voting for ‘him’. However, as there isn’t any in depth detail in this it leaves it open to be timeless in when it is set and relevant for I’m sure many governments yet to come! Hanna Jameson doesn’t focus too much on the whys or how’s of the end of the world, she solely focuses on a small group of people remaining in a hotel in Switzerland and this character-focused approach is refreshing and interesting. There is also a bit of a detective story in there as well as our main character Jon tries to solve a murder. The story is told through the diary of Jon, our slightly unreliable narrator who wants to document the end of the world. The pace is nicely kept up all of the way through and you get bits of flashbacks and backstories about other guests to keep drip feeding you information. The story does take a bit of an odd turn towards the end but I really enjoyed the ending as it stood and it’s a great stand-alone piece which I appreciated. Overall I really enjoyed The Last, it’s a refreshing take on the apocalyptic thriller genre. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Books UK and Viking for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Interesting and entertaining

    Staying at L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland, having attended a conference, Jon wakes up one morning to find he has survived the end of the world; major countries and cities throughout have been victim to nuclear attacks. Stranded in the hotel with fear of what might await him outside, Jon starts to document the present events in the hope this will one day be read if they are rescued. A few days after the attacks, Jon finds the body of a young girl in one of the hotel’s water tanks and suspects there may be a killer within their group. We follow him as he investigates the death as well as try to outlast the nuclear devastation. The Last is a day by day account of the happenings in the hotel through the eyes of Jon, our stories main character. There are a mixture of other characters; some quiet; some feisty and some with something to hide. The way the story is written is clear and detailed and makes you feel like you are part of the journey. Seeing though the main characters eyes, I felt I could connect to him better as he reacted to situations like the majority of us would. As the book progresses we start to learn the background to each of the survivors in the hopes of finding the young girl’s killer. It is interesting to learn about each character and how different their lives were from each other before the devastation and how they reacted to such events. The hotel itself has a very similar history to that of the famous Cecil Hotel in America and due to this I sometimes found myself picturing this hotel instead which made it difficult for me to enjoy the location. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the build up was great but I felt like the reveal was rushed. I did not find myself with any unanswered questions but when reading, I felt like a lot of information had been thrown at me in one go, just to round off the story. This does not mean I would not like to read more of the authors books, the overall story was interesting and entertaining but due to the reveal I give the story 3.5 out of 5.
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