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The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders #1)

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Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare.

He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things--working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published April 2nd 2009)
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Wisteriouswoman
This is one of the best books I've read this year! I not only loved that fact that it was an unpredictable mystery but that it dealt with moral issues.
Charlie's friend who is very disillusioned with life says to him 'You think, work hard, pray to God, respect your parents, love America, and everything'll be great .'

This is a key point. Things aren't great at all but Charlie has a moral compass and uses that along with the wise words of the people that have guided him in the past to navigate the...more
Thomas
Charlie West is the all-around good kid. At seventeen-years-old, he has achieved quite a lot in life and lives in a pretty good household. He has a black belt, acquires decent grades, and already knows what he wants to do when he grows up. Sure, his mom can be a little over-protective and his dad doesn't listen to him sometimes, but that's okay. That is until he wakes up in a torture room. Strapped to a chair. And with no recollection of an entire year. Later on, Charlie learns that in the past...more
Marya
"I don't know who these guys are, or what they want, but I'm going to stop them". Ok, so this quote is from the movie trailer of Abducted, but I think it really reflects the vibe of the first 50 pages of this book (which is all I could stomach). The main character is supposed to be some ass-kicking agent with top secret jobs and he's only 17 years old, though he's conveniently forgotten that. I thought it was annoying when every teen book I read is from a whiny self-described loser's perspective...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
Once I got past the first chapter or two, this book really took off--and I loved it! Quite the exciting page-turning thrill ride until the very last page. I loved the crazy-making sense of mystery. I loved Charlie's character, too. It was so refreshing to have an older teen boy protagonist who had such strong faith, morals, values, and love of his country and liberty. The karate was so fun, too! My son is currently taking karate and I really enjoyed all the details and the philosophies of a grea...more
Seth
The Last Thing I Remember is about as suspenseful as the Griffin (a roller coaster at Busch Gardens) is when it is sitting at the top of the 90 degree drop.

Andrew Klavan did a wonderful job writing The Last Thing I Remember. He leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter, which I love. The story takes place in present day, when a boy named Charlie West wakes up strapped to a metal chair. He doesn't know how he got there, who the guys in the hallway were, or how long he has been there. He is c...more
Jane
Someone compared this to the TV series "24," only for teens. That's not a bad comparison. Non-stop action, inextricable crises that the hero somehow extricates himself from, and barely time to catch your breath before the next hopeless disaster strikes. Our hero, Charlie West, stands apart from many teen protagonists in that he is openly, but not heavy-handedly, a practicing Christian. His faith is such an integral part of him that he doesn't need to get preachy about it. Nor does it stop him fr...more
Caitlyn ~If I Let These Dreams Die~ ~* Kitty *~
It. Was. GREAT!!!!! Crazy story and non-stop twists!
Kami
I read The Last Thing I Remember to see if I could recommend this book to some of the boys in my sixth grade class. The back cover makes it sound more horrific than it is, and the action will definitely grab them. I think that students will really enjoy the pace of the plot, and the main character. Charlie West is a martial arts black belt who wakes up one day strapped down to a chair where he had clearly been tortured. The rest of the plot is something like The Fugitive, where he has to clear h...more
Heather
Charlie went to bed with a grin, staring at the phone number Beth had written on the back of his hand that afternoon at school. Charlie woke up beaten, burned and cut, strapped to a chair in a room filled with torture devices....a year later. What happened in that year? The police say Charlie killed his best friend, was tried and went to prison only to escape a few months into his sentence. A stranger with a familiar face says Charlie's a Homelander, an American terrorist recruited by Islamic ex...more
Molly's Sister
Jan 08, 2010 Molly's Sister rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love the USA and like a good action packed story
Recommended to Molly's Sister by: My mom
I love this book! Aside from good writing, intriguing plot, etc., what I found the most compelling thing about this book is that Charlie West is a good kid.
There's so many books out there for teenagers where the main characters have, to put it bluntly, lives that stink.
These authors write these books that are full of angst and the main characters have family problems, drug problems, problems at school, etc.
and these books get praised because "they're easy to relate to".
I hate books like that.
Now...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

How can a reader possibly pass on a book with a first line like this one: "Suddenly I woke up strapped to a chair?" THE LAST THING I REMEMBER is non-stop action from start to finish.

Seventeen-year-old Charlie West goes to sleep one night, and the next thing he knows, he wakes up battered and bloody just over a year later. He tries to piece together the memories of his last day as he sits strapped to a chair. He remembers getting up,...more
Grady McCallie
A (young) man wakes up in a cell where he's been tortured and is about to be killed, and the last thing he can recall - he assumes from the day before - is falling to sleep after a red-letter day: impressing the entire student body wit his karate skills, meeting his love interest, and arguing with a formerly close friend. Cool premise that could lend itself to a Robert Ludlum pace (albeit this is targeted at a YA audience).

Unfortunately, the protagonist is unconvincing, a weird combination of 19...more
Teen Department Homewood Library
Charlie went to bed with a grin, staring at the phone number Beth had written on the back of his hand that afternoon at school. Charlie woke up beaten, burned and cut, strapped to a chair in a room filled with torture devices....a year later. What happened in that year? The police say Charlie killed his best friend, was tried and went to prison only to escape a few months into his sentence. A stranger with a familiar face says Charlie's a Homelander, an American terrorist recruited by Islamic ex...more
Laura Beth
I, too, found this book on the shelf while waiting to be helped at the library. I was looking at the Gateway and Truman Award Nominee for 2011-2012 (a Missouri library thing). I saw this book, looked at the back, and thought it sounded interesting. I was hooked after the first chapter. I got it this afternoon around 2:30 and finished it at 11:45. It was all I could do not to get on GoodReads or Amazon to read about it!

The story is about Charlie West, a 17-year-old perfect academic and karate stu...more
Brendan
Oct 27, 2011 Brendan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have nothing more important they could be doing.
Charlie West is not having a good day.
Sheesh. He wakes up this morning, bloody and bruised, strapped to a chair and surrounded by gory instruments of torture. Not to mention the lack of coffee.
Then he escapes from a prison-like building only to fall headfirst into a twelve-foot deep hole. What's with that, huh?
West is a strapping young gentleman. He gets good grades and he has a black belt in karate. And he's been accused of murder.
Well, nobody's perfect, I guess.
The thing is, Charlie doesn't re...more
Pranav Murali
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Mystery
Length: 339
Author: Andrew Klavan
Date started: November 4th
Date finished: November 14th

Charlie West is strapped to a chair. He has no idea what is happening. Is this all a nightmare? What was happening? Not knowing what to do, Charlie panics. He hears three men talking outside his door, talking about what they were going to do to him. “Kill him,” one of them says. He has to escape. He can’t die like this. What was the last thing he remembers? The last thing Char...more
Matt Dietrich
The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan is an exciting read for anyone thristy for thrill and adventure. One month has passed since Charlie West's, the main character in the book, last memory. When he wakes up he is strapped to a chair, hearing his sentence to death. When he is able to escape from his kidnappers many more problems arise. Not only are the homelanders after him but the police are too.What should Charlie do? Where should he go? Who can he believe? Through the story Charlie must...more
Newengland
First in a new series, THE LAST THING I REMEMBER will be like candy for the YA crowd that loves an easy reading, high interest plot boiler. This is Book One of the new "Homelanders Series" and you'll know it when you reach "the end" (quotes with emphasis). Yes, author Andrew Klavan's last chapter might as well be a chapter in the middle of the book. Don't like it? Maybe you'll forgive him in February 2010 when Book Two comes out.

Much like LITTLE BROTHER, the premise hangs on an America gone wild...more
Matthew
This is a book of flashbacks, of reminiscing on the past while acting in the present. Charlie West was a normal seventeen year old boy, who worked hard in school, earned a black belt in karate, and had a group of friends he spent all his free time with. This was his life. Until the day he woke up and found all of that gone. He found himself bound to a chair, imprisoned by men who had just decided to kill him. This is the beginning of a thrilling ride through Charlie’s next few days, during which...more
Jamie
The book The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan is probably one of the greatest books I have read all year. The type of genre this book would fall under would be adventure along with suspense. This is the type of book that would keep you on the end of your seat wanting to read more and more. It’s about a teenage boy named Charlie West who lives a normal life just like every other teenage boy would. He makes good grades, he has a black belt in karate, he even got the prettiest girl in the sch...more
Leslie
Not sure where I heard of these books but they have been devoured by many in our house. Initially purchased for Eldest I found it on a shelf and asked if he had read it. He said he had many years before. It was fine, just for younger kids. SInce he is well read and 17, I would be worried if he thought that it was quality. Next Petunia (12) picked it up and could not stop talking about it. She LOVED the adventure and the mystique of the plot. We found the rest of the series for cheap and my husba...more
Tiffany
Not so far as to say that this book is well written, but I appreciate the startlingly real nuggets of truth. There are lots of semi-answers to big questions buried in here.

It left me with something, at least. Charlie has so-called "good" and "bad" people and him, and naturally this sort of very common language somewhat limited the beauty of truth. But it got me thinking about how righteousness never seems to be obvious, and it got me wondering if this confusion comes from the impossibility of a...more
Melanie
I really enjoyed "The Last Thing I Remember"! There was a lot of action and even some surprises. :)

There were a few times the story was a little hard to follow, but other than that, I loved the book. :)

The ending leaves me anticipating the next book (for many reasons, including the fact that I'm curious who a certain person is).

I recommend this book if you enjoy YA action books.

*I was not required to review this book - I borrowed it from the library. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my ow...more
Vaughn Ohlman
(Warning: book and series spoilers, this review based on finishing the whole series. (Like I was going to take time off while reading to write a review?!))

Take one all American good guy teenager. Add in various terrorists, a murder of his best friend, and corrupt incompetent cops and what do you have? A series of four books that my family all devoured as fast as they could read them.

The writing was fast paced. The backstory was all filled in by flashbacks. Annoying flashbacks after the first boo...more
Sean Little
Charlie West is a high school student that is highly successful in his academics and is a black belt in karate. He is a kid that is liked by most of his classmates which is why it is confusing why he woke up strapped down to a chair in an empty room. Charlie is bruised, cut, and bloody and overhears that he has been ordered to be killed. Struggling, he attempts to recall his last memory in his brain. A rather excellent day at school is all he can remember; performing to the school, getting a pr...more
Christina
An interesting premise -- but good grief, is this author, Andrew Klavan, long winded! How long does it actually take to describe a five minute escape?? Apparently, at least 97 pages. Some may love the minute attention to detail -- and usually I might even be considered one of them -- but Klavan made this supposed high-paced thriller, drag, and drag, and drag... I hate to admit it but I found myself skimming entire passages, sometimes pages -- just to get to another action or scene. And then he r...more
Katie
Main character: Charlie West, high school student, has major crush on a girl named Beth Summers, has a black belt in Karate, good-guy vibe going, believes in doing the right thing, working hard in school, and is very patriotic.

Plot summary: The book opens to Charlie awaking on some type of chair he is strapped onto. He's bloody and bruised and has no idea where he is or what has happened. The story goes back and forth between the present - which includes lots of action, Charlie escaping, using...more
Tanner Reuland
Immediately our protagonist, Air-Force wannabe, black-belt Charlie West, is strapped to chair, and remembers nothing of what's happened. He awakes to a world of terrorists trying to extract information from him. He is able to escape from a tear in the leather strap he rubs on a piece of metal. The last thing he remembers is going to bed after a huge talent show where he showed of his Tae-Kwan-Do skills, nervously to a auditorium full of peers and colleagues, worst of all, his crush, Beth Summers...more
Dani
This book started off slow. It had a promising start-a gritty suspenseful adventure maybe.A kid tied to the chair, having been tortured and not having any idea about what was going on is a good start for any book. Sounds like a good read to me. WRONG.

The author all through the first 100 pages kept lamenting for the poor kid. Yeah, the scenario sucks and yes the kid would wish to be back in the life he took for granted, however with a start off that good and such a promise for action I wouldn’t...more
Jeanie
A good thriller that talks about faith without being preachy. You ask the question, what if what I know is all a lie? How does faith over come that. Charlie walks up being strapped to a chair and beaten. He realizes that he has lost a year of life and does'nt know how he is wanted fugitive. Great story! Ready for the sequel
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