Summer Ruins (The Last Year, #4)
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Summer Ruins (The Last Year #4)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  273 ratings  ·  42 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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
Dalaina May
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Denise Grover Swank
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...more
Jenny Kaczorowski
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
Jami Leigh
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!! ;)
Lisa Hakes
Last book, best book. I loled, annnd I cried. Such a beautiful series, Trisha Leigh is brilliant!
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Feb 25, 2013 W rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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,...more
Jul 25, 2013 DK rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dystopian readers
Recommended to DK by: Online reviewers
Shelves: dystopian, fiction
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
Feb 17, 2014 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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...more
Besides the lovey dovey crap, this book was pretty good. It lacked what the others had though, I think. The idea of kids synthetically creating another element is a bit too hard to swallow. Not that the book was very realistic in the first place, but for some reason that just didn't fit.
Apr 01, 2013 Megan rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
this wasnt a bad just wasnt great either.
Nov 06, 2013 Kelsey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
do you ever read a series (cough cough black dagger brotherhood cough cough) and realize the author just gave up creating plausible stories halfway through?

that's what happened here. the author realized she wrote herself into a corner and tried to knock down walls to get out. it just didn't work.

although I so like happy endings, so a star for that.
This was the perfect ending to a wonderful series!! I was torn to rush through it to find out what happens or to take my time to read it, because it was the last one. I have not read many books that have made me cry, but this one did. It was amazing!! I loved it and can't wait to read more books by this wonderful author.
I really liked these series, the world and the characters are wonderful.
The ending was a bit bittersweet. There were too many deaths, and some of cherish characters. But overall it was a great story.
Also the covers of the four books are beautiful, and I liked the way they complemented each other forming one image.
This was a surprisingly good series. It started off slow but really picked up the pace and was pretty exciting the rest of the time. I liked the realistic approach of the characters. They made mistakes just like normal people would and I appreciate that in the books I read. All-in-all I enjoyed this series!
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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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