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The Last Christian

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  416 ratings  ·  112 reviews
In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost?
A.D. 2088.
Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfathe...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Waterbrook Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Blossom
What did I think? I was really taken in with this book. I gave it 3 stars but it's more like 3.25 perhaps. What I enjoyed about the book was the science fiction and the view of the future. I didn't think the author did particularly well with character descriptions; the emotional and mental descriptions were alright though. By that I mean I had only a vague idea of what the characters looked like so when the scenes centered around them, it was difficult to picture the character in the scenes.
And...more
Nathaniel
I stopped reading this book when I realized that the only reason I was still going was to collect quotes with which to write a scathing review. That seems like a terrible reason to keep reading a book so, about 2/3rds of the way through, I gave up.

This book has a solid plot setup and could easily have been made into a good sci-fi thriller, even if (for someone who reads sci-fi as much as I do) the basic layout was pretty boilerplate. The problem is that this is message fiction. The plot and the...more
ReviewsByMolly
May 27, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Waterbrook Multnomah
Okay. Wow. Different. Definitely different. Honestly, when I opened the book and started reading it, I was really confused and didn't think that I was going to like it. But I was willing to give it a shot and boy am and I glad I did. I ended up liking it ALOT better than I thought I would, especially since I have never read this style of book before nor had I planned on reading one of this nature either. But, David Gregory hooked me. It was a complex novel, one that I think mixes sci-fi thrills...more
Sam
This is a fascinating book. My wife reads voraciously and it's rare she says, "Hey, you really should read this book." I am sure glad I did. It's a page turner, so be forewarned.

Anyway, plenty of reviewers have written synopses of the book. I offer instead what I think might be an ideal prologue or epilogue (or both). It's simply a quote from the last chapter in Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis entitled The New Men:

"Compared with the development of man on this planet, the diffusion of Christianit
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Joan
Jun 07, 2011 Joan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian and non-Christian alike
Recommended to Joan by: Sandra B.
I started this book thinking I wouldn't really like it. The premise was a little "soft." But then I got into it and actually found it to be a page turner! It certainly raised a lot of questions--Christian and not--in my mind. I liked the characters, especially Abby and Creighton. They make believable lovers (of a sort.) And the mystery/thriller part is good. Of course the technology is intriguing--I suppose my brain COULD be totally replaced with software (not too much would be needed!) But the...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
My synopsis: Abby Caldwell has spent her entire life living with the Inisi tribe in the jungle outside Papau, New Guinea with her missionary parents. When the tribe is shut off from the outside world to enable it to keep it's cultural integrity, Abby and her family lose contact with everything and everyone. Abby's mother and father die, but she chooses to stay as the tribe is the only family she has ever known. When the tribe begin dying, she struggles out of the jungle to try to save them - but...more
Annamarie
A bit of a slow start with chapters jumping across continents to introduce the thoughts of new characters. However, it quickly becomes a storyline that, although futuristic, is absolutely possible. Interesting to look back even a few years to when this book was written and see how our world has developed some of the same attributes of this fictional one-- where Christianity has been deemed obsolete. Sometimes the push to recognize the Holy Spirit as a living part of all Christians overcame the p...more
Bridget
It's the year 2088 and Abby is the only person to survive when a strange disease spreads. Abby goes out in search of others survivors. Her grandpa sends a word telling her to spread the word of Jesus. Little did she know, the entire human race could obtain eternal life and her grandfather was partially to blame. The brain replacement project is already in use. Will Abby be successful in her attempts to remind everyone of a higher power or will the humans play God and end up destroying everything...more
Tabitha
David Gregory’s novel, The Last Christian, is about the future. In this future “tolerance” has come to pass and Christianity no longer exists. Abigail Caldwell grew up in a remote jungle in Papua New Guinea. A disease killed her village, forcing her into a “real world” that she has no connection to except a dated message from her grandparents, a mission to return the Christian faith to America. Technology now offers eternal life, but at an expense. Abigail, with a little help from a professor an...more
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
The year is 2088 and Christian missionary Abby Caldwell has just escaped from her village in New Guinea after total devastation and death among all of the villagers. A strange infection has killed them all, including her adopted daughter and parents. Upon her foray out of the jungle after many years, she receives a dated message from her grandfather, a renowned neuroscientist, asking her to come back to America and spread the word of Christianity. Religion has completely died out and science has...more
Laura Hartness
In David Gregory's The Last Christian, Abigail Caldwell is the daughter of Christian American missionaries in Papua, New Guinea. After spending all of her 34 years in the jungle, she travels to America and modern civilization for the first time. She discovers a world that is not only in huge contrast to her life in New Guinea, but also to life in our present-day America. The year is 2088 and technology has exploded, inundating every aspect of culture. Virtual Reality (VR) has become a prime resi...more
Kathleen Kelly
The Last Christian is a story that could very well happen in the future. This book is really about two things. The technology that allows for artificial brain transplants and Jesus/God. In 2088 the internet is obsolete as is Christianity. One has been replaced by the Grid and the other has not. People have no memories of religion. Life is all about technology. Cars that need no drivers and books are also obsolete. People would prefer to read all they need on the Grid. Virtual Reality is no longe...more
Shaun
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Jennifer Defoy
This book was amazing. It had a little of everything in it.

The technical aspect of the book was very interesting to me. The idea that all people can be connected to each other constantly was very interesting. It added a new level of intrigue to the story. In this story technology has tried to rid the world of the social ills that had once existed. However it seems that technology has taken one thing away from the culture...

The story was pretty faced paced, right from the beginning. And while th...more
Pamela Barrett
Christian Science Fiction with a twist, because in 2088 Christianity in America in a thing of the past. Artificial Intelligence is common place, and Virtual Reality is where most people spend their time. 34 year old Abby Caldwell, born to missionary parents, spent her entire life in an isolated jungle village in New Guinea. She leaves the village to get help when the villagers mysteriously start dying. She hopes to find the answer in America. There is also another reason to go to America: her gr...more
librarian4Him02
Why I started reading: A friend gave me an ARC of this book and it had been on my to-be-read shelf for quite awhile. When I learned it was nominated for a Christy, I thought I should get around to reading it.

Plot: Abby Caldwell, raised in an isolated jngle tribe flees to the outside world to seek help ofr her tribe when a mysterious illness sweepstrough her village. what she emerges into is a world where technology rules, human brains can now be replaced with a silcon replica, and God is a thing...more
Linda B
In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost?
The year is A.D. 2088, and Christianity has died in America. The Last Christian is an interesting look at a futuristic world where Christianity has almost died out. In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Abigail Caldwell has lost her family and her entire village from a mysterious brain disease. She receives a unexpected 16 year-old recorded message from her grandfather asking her to go to America and spread the gospel. Is Abby ready for...more
Proud Book Nerd
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Amy
The Last Christian, the latest from author David Gregory, is a story about a brave new world so overrun by technology that people have lost their connection to God. In fact, by 2088, Christianity is viewed by most Americans as an antiquated religion based on superstition. The remaining Christians are called “religionists” and treated as radicals. Humans interact widely in virtual reality (VR) using neural implants surgically inserted into their brains. Sound complicated? It is.

As the first trans...more
Cafelilybookreviews

I’m usually not one to read anything in the “science fiction” genre but I have to admit – The Last Christian intrigued me, made me *think* and kept me reading!

Imagine suddenly waking up 30 years from now and having technology so advanced that humans are able to have brain transplants, the internet has been replaced with something bigger and better, cars no longer rely on drivers and virtual reality visits are a way of life.

And the biggest change of all? Christianity is pretty much obsolete.

This...more
Brenda
I got behind on my review reading, and to be honest, I put off reading this book because I wasn't sure I'd like it or be in the mood for it. The story was so different from what I was expecting, and moved at a fast pace that made it very hard for me to put down. I don't find that too often with Christian fiction. I found the plot to be very believable, and can actually see a future like the one in this book, especially where Christianity is virtually gone in America.

Abby was an interesting chara...more
Julie (julie37619)
Can I just tell you guys how excited I am about this book? I feel like I've read a string of Christian fiction lately that has been somewhat enjoyable, but the same old, same old. Some better than others, but it's all still been done before over and over. Blah. So when Waterbrook/Multnomah sent me The Last Christian, I was pretty excited. I've never read dystopic/futuristic Christian fiction. It's actually original! It hasn't been done a million times over! The entire book was really reminiscent...more
Sandra Stiles
What an awesome look at what our future might hold. Abby is an American raised in isolation with the Inisi tribe. When her people start dying she leaves the village and seeks help not knowing who to trust. Upon returning to the village she finds all have perished. No one can explain the strange illness that killed everyone in her village and no one can explain why she alone survived. After receiving a strange message from her grandfather, Abby goes to America to bring Christianity back to a nati...more
Megan
The Last Christian is a novel set in 2088. After tragedy hits the tribe she's been living with in New Guinea, Abigail Caldwell returns to America, following a 16 year old message from her grandparents to bring Christianity back to America! Americans have neural implants; they live and communicate largely through virtual reality, and the newest development in technology and medicine is brain transplants, utilizing silicon brains. Some believe that this could eliminate death.


What a thought provoki...more
Kristina
Abigail Caldwell had no idea what she was getting into as she paddled her canoe down the jungle rivers in Papua New Guinea. All she knew was she had to save her tribe and to do that, she needed to get help. Even her daughter, Miraba needed her help. The expedition for aid turns into a life changing event for Abby as she not only leaves the only life she has ever known, but travels to a country so technologically advanced that the population has explained away God--and it's her responsibility to...more
Mandy Hoffman
MY REVIEW:

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Wow! It's full of suspense, intrigue, and hope in dire times. This genre is not normally something I look to read, but this story was captivating and interesting to read. I enjoyed the thick plot, the deep characters, and the well written story. The Last Christian is not only a good story, but also reminder to those of us to stand up for what is right. The look into the future with this book gave me a weird feeling and was sobering, but...more
Julie
Jun 10, 2010 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Julie by: Stacy Carmichael
What if you were the last Christian on the face of the earth? What would you do? That's how it is Abby. She's grown up on an island in Papau New Guinea and when her tribe is all murdered, she goes to America to try to find out why. It's like stepping into a Brave New World for her. Everything is so different and no one believes in God whatsoever. Virtual reality is an easy escape, cars are automated, and people communicate through taps on a grid system.

Abby's cousin Lauren is her only remaining...more
Shonna Froebel
Proselytizing through fiction is what I came away with from reading this book.
It's a thriller set in the year 2088, a time where Christianity has disappeared from North America. Abigail Caldwell emerges from a jungle village in Papua New Guinea, the sole survivor of a mysterious illness that killed the other villagers. Abby's parents were missionaries to the local Isisi tribe, and Abby lived her whole life there. Abby is assisted in making her way back to her parent's home country of the United...more
Margaret
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Jennifer
This book is like the 1984 for this generation.

While it was easy to predict some of the plot turns and figure out who was responsible for what long before it is revealed in the story, the novel as a whole was still pretty action-packed and hard to put down; I read this in two three-hour periods within the span of twelve hours. It's certainly thought-provoking, and while I didn't quite follow the whole nanite technology plotline at some points, there is a certain shadow of forebodance.

And such tr...more
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