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The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer
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Recommended for: people who enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction
Read from February 17 to March 15, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This review originally appeared here at Easy Reading and Damn Hard Writing.


Martin Maple knows a terrible truth. He and the rest of the children who live in the commune that they have called Xibalba were not only left, but Forgotten. All of the adults in the world disappeared on one fateful Day, and the children are now alone. But according to the animal-whispering “prophet” Nigel, Martin has the capacity to bring them back—and he just might be right.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was very dreamlike and beautiful, if occasionally confusing. The paradox was very well done, and I really enjoyed the wistful, nostalgic finality of the last two pages. Martin was a very relatable main character for me, and I was pretty attached to Darla, Lane, Marjorie, and Nigel as well. The only thing that I didn’t like was that I really didn’t understand why Henry pulled his little stunt towards the end—it didn’t match with his prior characterization and kind of seemed to come right out of the blue.

Overall, this is a lovely little post-apocalyptic tale with a wonderful little paradox woven into it. Starmer’s really accomplished something here, and this book is definitely one of my favorites that I’ve read so far in 2012. Well done, Mister Starmer. Well done.
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Reading Progress

03/02/2012 page 64
19.0% "Loved this whole scene. :D"
03/15/2012 page 336
100.0% "Those last two pages were almost unbearably beautiful."
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