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Summer Ruins (The Last Year #4)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  558 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
A final battle for the survival of Earth is coming.

Between the alien Others and the destruction of humanity stand four Dissidents.

When the Prime Other banishes them to the Harvest Site to live the remainder of their time on earth as slaves, the Dissidents use the opportunity to learn more about the substance that keeps the Others alive…and how they might use it to their ad
Paperback, 520 pages
Published February 18th 2013 by Createspace
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This has been an ok series. I think this was the weakest book of the four in the series. I also think that the story told in these books could have been combined into just two books, instead of four. There is a lot of filler where nothing really happens. 2 1/2 stars mainly because of stupidity on the part of the characters. They just stood there and let Kindaja attack and kill friends? My goodness don't just stand there, do something!

They couldn't think of a way to get out of the harvest sight
Mar 01, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
(Source: Purchased on Kindle from for 2.65.)
This is the fourth and final book in the ‘The Last Year’ series, and picks up where book 3 ‘Betrayals in Spring’ left off. **Warning, some unavoidable spoilers for the previous books in this series**
Althea, Pax, and Lucas are imprisoned by the others, with little hope of escape. If they are unable to find a way out, mankind is doomed, and the Others will continue to pillage Earth until it is no longer habitable.

Not only do the dissidents n
Jaime Arkin
I'm not even entirely sure where to start with my review because this series as a whole was absolute perfection for me. I do not envy any author who has to wrap up a series but everyone should take notes because this is how you do it.

Book 4 - Summer Ruins is the culmination of everything that The Dissidents have been fighting for. Captured by The Others, their lives are spared when Deshi points out their value to the Prime Other and so Pax, Althea, and Lucas are sent to The Harvest Site to spen
Dalaina May
Mar 24, 2013 Dalaina May rated it liked it
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Denise Grover Swank
Mar 07, 2013 Denise Grover Swank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ya, sci-fi
Trisha Leigh proved herself to be not only a master story teller in the first three books of The Last Year series, but a master of prose as well. She doesn't disappoint with SUMMER RUINS, the epic conclusion.

Althea, Lucas, Pax, and the friends they have gathered have everything to lose. With the survival of the planet resting on their shoulders, they face insurmountable odds to not only device a plan but implement it to defeat the Others.

Even while Althea faces the impossibility of succeeding in
Jenny Kaczorowski
Feb 20, 2013 Jenny Kaczorowski rated it it was amazing
The final book in a series is a delicate, difficult undertaking. Trisha Leigh concludes The Last Year with a perfect blend of heartache and triumph. The finale stays true in mood and tone to the first three books, drawing Althea's story to a close in a way that is satisfying but not without cost. She readily acknowledges the price Althea and her friends pay while still allowing the story to move forward. After devouring all four books, this was the kind of catharsis I needed as a reader. I certa ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Megan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Such a disappointment. Trisha Leigh just didn't have enough story for four books, but since she locked herself into the four seasons thing she filled up the fourth book with nonsense. Every plan the characters made had a fatal flaw so glaringly obvious from the outset that it was sad, and then the "solutions" were overly simple or completely ridiculous. There were also tons of plot points that went no where - just gratuitous page fillers. I know it is young adult fiction, but the story had an aw ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Ciera rated it it was amazing
An unprecedented phenomenon: I'm reviewing the last book in a series after already reviewing the first :0

Ok now that the shock has worn off, I have to say this won't be a terribly long review as I expressed my thoughts for the first book, and in all honesty, they haven't changed.

The book was addictive in the best way, one chapter blending so seamlessly into the next that it was near impossible to put the book down at any point.

However, my problem once again lies in the end of the book. If you
Jami Leigh
Feb 24, 2013 Jami Leigh rated it it was amazing
Plot: 5 stars
Characters: 5 stars
Style: 5 stars
Pace: 5 stars

*HAPPY SIGH* I had one of those weeks where I could only steal 15-20 minutes at a time to read, and it wasn't until today I managed to snag enough time to finish, despite my wanting to just tell the world to shove off so I could devour this book.
It was worth the wait. <3 Absolutely perfect!
Can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!! ;)
Mar 12, 2015 Rhea added it
Shelves: fiction
It's hard to write a review for the 4th and last book in this series without addressing the series as a whole. I think it's important to say that I am not a usual reader of young adult or dystopian/fantasy novels but I really enjoyed this series. I can especially tell since now that I'm finished with it, I'm sad that I don't have these characters as part of my day anymore. The whole series is well-written with complex character development, action, suspense and a roller coaster of emotions. It's ...more
Felicia Thorn
Jan 06, 2016 Felicia Thorn rated it it was amazing
The final battle ensues but not without great loss. I was anxious to read this last installment because I was dreading the fate that seemed to loom for our beloved Dissidents. So many emotions bonded this group of kids together. I think readers forget that part. That this was just a bunch of young adults trying to figure out how to save humanity let alone being thrown into a full on war. That to me speaks volumes of Leigh's ability to draw the reader in. I loved this series and the relationship ...more
Lisa Hakes
Apr 11, 2013 Lisa Hakes rated it it was amazing
Last book, best book. I loled, annnd I cried. Such a beautiful series, Trisha Leigh is brilliant!
May 22, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
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Feb 25, 2013 W rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
Althea and the other Dissidents make a final stand against the Others who have taken control of Earth and brainwashed humanity.

The Others are the enemy. Forget what they’ve told you. Remember how things used to be. Fight them. Fight them now, or we’re all going to die.

Althea’s story, which began with Whispers in Autumn, Winter Omens, and Betrayals in Spring comes to a close here in what I believe to be the strongest book of the series. The scene has been set, the tension has been built up, and
Feb 20, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Perfect conclusion to the series. 5 wonderful Stars.

I picked up the first book in this series as a freebie and I was absolutely blown away by it. I've followed along and eagerly picked up each new installment as they were released.

I'm not even sure where to start with this book besides to state that it was amazing.

Trisha Leigh has managed to weave a together a careful balance of dystopia and sci-fi. She populated her world with a blend of well-developed and relate-able characters and made them d
Heather (Heather Hearts Books) Kilpatrick

After three stellar previous installments, The Last Year saga finds its end in a spectacular conclusion: Summer Ruins.

Author Trisha Leigh carefully crafts an Earth much different than the one we know, where aliens known as the Others have taken over our planet. Our environmental resources spent not long before the new race arrives, the Others managed to rebalance the climate of Earth and also restructure not only the government, the nations, and the use of the planet’s resources,
Jul 25, 2013 DK rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dystopian readers
Recommended to DK by: Online reviewers
Shelves: fiction, dystopian
I enjoyed reading this four-book series that is actually one story. It would be hard to read any of these books without reading the others, as each book contains a part of the story that leads to its conclusion in the fourth book. This is an interesting and compelling story, although at times it is hard to read some of the more graphic parts, especially the torture scenes. I had to skim those a bit, but the series is definitely worth the read. While the first book takes some time to develop Alth ...more
LeighAnn Kopans
Feb 15, 2013 LeighAnn Kopans rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of SUMMER RUINS, we find her finally reunited with the other three dissidents, and entangled in a mad race to discover what it is the Others want from the planet and its human residents before it literally implodes. Althea, Pax, Lucas and Deshi are literally tasked with saving the world.


One of the most amazing things about these books, and on display in full force in SUMMER RUINS, is how the author manages to make the struggle so completely personal to her, and so global
Apr 01, 2013 Katherine rated it really liked it
Wow, this was a great ending to the series! This book picks right back up from the cliffhanger in Betrayals in Spring. I commend Althea to becoming strong and reaching out to Deshi, bringing him into the fold and taking a stand against the Prime and the Others. This book was action packed and my toes were crunched up because I wanted to know what would happen next. I'm glad Leigh brought back characters from the previous books and brought new characters into this book because it made this book b ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Emmanuelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so sad that the book is over. It has been a wonderful and exciting journey lived through the eyes of Althea. Her adventures with Lucas, Pax and Deshi have been enthralling. This is definitely a very hard series to put down and if you're not mindful of the clock, you could miss bedtime lol.

The decor is just beautifully built; we see some use of modern landmarks throughout the series so we are familiar with the environment, but the dystopian empire that the Others have built make it a brand n
Mar 01, 2013 Joelle rated it it was amazing
I am very sad to see Althea go, but wow what a ride. I love how much this story morphed from the first to the fourth book. I love the magic. I love the suspense. I love how wrapped up you get; that you forget about other the underlying plot. I treasured how the love story emerged. I loved how it was ok to feel good and bad emotions, and sometimes a book doesn’t have to have a happy, fairy tale ending. Some of my favorite moments:
-"I scoot closer until our hips are touching and lay my head on his
Jul 08, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was ok
This was an interesting read but I feel that Ms Leigh got a little tired and rushed by the end; the 4th Dissident was never fully fleshed out and seems to magically change sides after simply having a few conversations with humans, despite being in love with an Other - furthermore, in order to try and make up for this deficit Ms. Leigh falls back on the trope of making him gay. It felt a little insulting that this potentially fascinating character with a completely different perspective from our ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Rebekah rated it liked it
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May 30, 2014 Tiana rated it liked it
The first book of the series is the best, and while this one wraps things up nicely, I still think the series could have played out in only two novels instead of four.

The biggest thing that kept me from enjoying this one was the number of plot holes. There are just too many. Too many things that didn't add up. Too many instances where the characters could have handled things a lot better if they'd only thought to use their abilities rather than be stupid. It got to me.

I think the reason why I li
Jul 05, 2015 Autumn rated it really liked it
The first two books in this series (Whispers in Autumn and Winter Omens) were SOOO SO SO GOOD!! The last two (Betrayals in Spring and Summer Ruins) weren't as amazing, but DEFINITELY READ THE FIRST TWO AND THEN EVEN THOUGH THE LAST AREN'T AS GOOD YOU'LL STILL HAVE TO READ THEM TO FIND OUT HOW THINGS END. READ THIS SERIES OK JUST TRY LIKE ONE CHAPTER OF THE FIRST BOOK CAUSE IT'S FREE (@thereadingrose)
Feb 17, 2014 Jilly rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Whew! I finally finished this series. It was a test of my patience because the story, as a whole, moved at a slower pace than I like. But, the idea was good and I liked the basic storyline and the characters. I would recommend this series to people who don't mind a slower pace and a lot of inner thought while the character tries to figure things out.

The good news is that the dreaded love triangle resolves quickly and the author resolves the book in a satisfactory way. Take note on how to end a s
Nov 13, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Overall a great end to the series. There were a couple places where the book got a little preachy - but honestly, given the basic plot, I'm surprised it didn't happen more throughout all the books. The writing stayed solid, the author did a good job not setting up easy outs and made the story and the characters live with the results of hard decisions.

Definitely recommend this series to YA readers of all ages.
I really liked this series. I read through all four books in a matter of days. I felt the ending was fairly satisfying. Some lots their lives or were injured, but what can you expect when you are trying to save the entire human race from aliens?

I would recommend this series to a friend.
Emily Pearson
Mar 07, 2013 Emily Pearson rated it it was amazing
Trisha Leigh does not disappoint in this conclusion of The Last Year series. For days I was completely at a loss for words on how fantastic this finale was. As hard as it was to say goodbye to characters who have stolen our hearts, it was a perfect ending. This is a FIVE STAR must read series you won't be disappointed with.
Being a part of Althea, Lucas, Pax, and Deshi's journey has been a thrill as well as a guilty pleasure. The emotions these characters brought out in me were all over the bore
Stacy Moll
May 16, 2015 Stacy Moll rated it really liked it
I was prepared for the end battle, but I hated to see who died. Made me really sad! I still have some questions, and believe that more books could be written, but part of that could be the fact that I hate to see books end.
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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, rea ...more
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The Last Year (4 books)
  • Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1)
  • Winter Omens (The Last Year, #2)
  • Betrayals in Spring (The Last Year, #3)

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