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The Last Bastion of the Living

(The Last Bastion #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,608 ratings  ·  225 reviews
As long as the undead hordes of the Inferi Scourge howl outside the dying city, the last remaining humans struggle to survive inside The Bastion. Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls. Her only refuge from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages is in the arms of Officer Dwayne Reichardt. Then Maria is summoned t ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Rhiannon Frater (first published June 8th 2012)
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Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Pre-review that I will leave here because I think it's epic

Holy shit! This. Was. Incredibly. Insane. Rhiannon really outdid herself with this one. It's fascinating, definitely unique, and completely blew my mind.

I won't write a full review now. I'll wait til I read the finished product but I can promise you this is absolutely brilliant and like nothing you've read before. She takes zombies to a whole new, unimaginable level, adds in some romance, intrigue, and - as usual - excellent character
Rhiannon Frater
May 17, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my second favorite book I have ever written. Love it!
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people interested in all things zombie
Recommended to carol. by: Trudi

I blame it on Trudi.

I started off rather indifferently, forcing myself through the opening scene of a troop of young recruits heading into battle against the living dead, otherwise known as the Inferi Scrouge. It's a powerful visual image (which is why it is used in combat movies) but there isn't enough emotional investment, and when next scene opens a year later, it causes mental whiplash. Maria, the lead we followed into combat, is waking up in bed with one of the commanders of the assault. T
What happens when you throw together a little bit of this:

And this:


That's right. You get The Last Bastion of the Living. Okay there are no vampires or lycans but both Kate and the book's cover model dons a spandex suit. And man is our heroine one BADASS chick. Congrats Ms Frater, you have just gained a new fan.

The Last Bastion of the Living was everything I expected and more. After reading Courtney Summers' This is Not a Test, which, by the way, was depressing as hell (but it was still good),
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars

I wasn’t even the least bit surprised by how much I enjoyed The Last Bastion of the Living. Rhiannon Frater is well known for being a horror writer par excellence, and she only confirmed her status with this futuristic zombie novel. Well, she did a bit more than that: she outdid herself and surpassed all my expectations by far.

Vanguard Maria Martinez is an officer of the constabulary. Although young, she’s already a decorated war hero with a very strong sense of duty. Her job is to gua
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review on my blog Ja čitam, a ti?

We've been talking a lot about Rhiannon Frater and her books last month - all of that was just warm up for today: day 7 of The Last Bastion of the Living Blog Tour. You can win ebook of this novel and if you check out other blog tour stops, you'll see there are few more goodies waiting just for you - full schedule is here.

I have to say that I never liked zombies, I do not watch Walking Dead and this is the first Rhiannon Frater novel that I've read. But... I thi
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

After thoroughly enjoying the author’s ‘As the World Dies’ trilogy which was full of super awesome and terribly gruesome zombies, I was all on board for more. The Last Bastion of the Living completely knocked it out of the park for me. Set in a future completely changed and desolate, the zombies have destroyed any chance of survival for the last known group of people on Earth. Grasping at straws, the government makes one last desperate attempt to reclaim the surrounding
Felicia A
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Another editing project is now a published book! Now available, Last Bastion of the Living, another epic tome by Rhiannon Frater. LOVED this book.

Erica Ravenclaw
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erica Ravenclaw by: JennyJen

3.5 stars, bitches! Lets do this.

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I finished this book somewhere around 2 am last night, and as always I had brilliant points that I planned on mentioning in my review mulling around in my mind. Typically, I would then get up and maybe jot a few notes but instead I obnoxiously tossed and turned and sighed heavily. I did this to casually wake my husband so I could get some snuggles cause I was freaked the fuck out. I don't remember any of my brilliant ideas.

I went into this book entirely blind
I finished this last night. I am still speachless. This book was supreme awesomesauce. When I am being judged at the pearly gates and my zombie loving god (he's my god, don't judge) asks me what my favorite zombie novel was. The Last Bastion of the Living would HAVE to be my answer. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It feels traitorous to say that. I LOVE so many other zombie novels. I feel like I am downgrading them or betraying them. It has nothing to do with that. Rhiannon Frater literally ...more
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Blog Tour- Badass Book Reviews- June 16th

Really enjoyed it!
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: military and scifi fans
The last surviving city of the zombie apocalypse is running out of resources, and is very close to being infiltrated by the zombies that wait outside their walls day and night. Maria is selected to go on a secret mission that, if it works, will give them more access to vital resources. But the government doesn't tell her everything, and she soons finds herself dealing with more than she bargained for.

I did like the gadgets and the setting and, in theory, I should like this type of dystopia. I lo
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 stars. BR with the lovely MacHalo Ladies

The premise of this book is really interesting but the execution was lacking. There was so much setup that I almost DNFd this at about 50%. This was a BR and I think almost everyone else did just that. I probably should have as well but there was so much hinting about a betrayal that I just had to know what was going to happen. Once you got to the action it picked up a bit but then the plot got really twisty and I just didn't care anymore.

Then the endin
Win an ebook copy of this book here:

I am reluctant to say anything about this book lest I spoil it for future readers. Ms. Frater has written an amazing story here and the building blocks of the story are so important, I just don't want to ruin it for anyone. Each little place slides in place as a new piece of knowledge for the reader -- you gotta learn it as you go. The Last Bastion is a zombie story and a dystopia story unlike any I have read. Because i
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Hold on to your hats, ladies and gents. Humanity is rearing up for one hell of a bumpy ride!

Interest in the book: Rhiannon Frater invited me to be part of the blog tour, and being a major fangirl, I could not say no. After the cover reveal, I was even more excited to read the book. Isn't that cover ridiculously awesome? At first, I thought it was a series, but then she corrected me. I am actually glad it's a standalone. The ending works. It felt right.

First Impressi
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-releases
*Genre* Dystopian
*Rating* 5.0


It has been one hundred years since the outbreak of a virus that turned humans into the Inferi Scourge (zombies). The survivors now live in what’s called the Bastion which was supposed to be humanities new Garden of Eden. It hasn’t lived up to that billing. Time after time attempts have been made to push the Inferi back so that they can close the gates and residents of the Bastion can claim land that was supposed to be fertile for their crops. Residents are n
Christy LoveOfBooks
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I have to start by saying that I don’t like committing to do reviews for blog tours, because there’s been too many times where I didn’t care for the book and had to back out of the tour. However, when Rhiannon announced this tour for The Last Bastion of the Living, I had no qualms about doing a review since I’m so confident in her writing. The description of the book sounded badass, but admittedly, I knew there was the potential to go completely south with this type of story. After I read it, I
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Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Amazing. Thrilling. Original. Unexpected.

The end.

What, you want more? Well, let’s see. I fell in love with Rhiannon’s As the World Dies trilogy. Like, seriously, In. Love. (I blame this all on Giselle from Xpressoreads by the way). I was so addicted to this series that, once I finished it, I immediately forced it down all of my friend’s throats.

When I found out Rhiannon had another zombie book coming out, I immediately jumped at the chance to participate in the tour. I was excited to s
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Being a fan of Rhiannon Frater for some time, one would think I could never be shocked or surprised...and boy was I WRONG!!! Bastion is simply a Phenom. This book brings forth Rhiannon's amazing ability to bring her characters to life, along with a startling new twist to the zombie genre. If anyone is looking for a heart pounding ride, combined with a sci-fi/zombie apocalyptic story then please read this book. And all you As the World Dies fans you will not be disappointed one bit. I am so proud ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Heavy handed plot devices thrown in for the sake of directing the story in manners which should have been best left untried. This story of a "futuristic" world torn by zombies is a struggle at best. The action scenes are so devoid of any real emotion & descriptive tone that it sets a bland and boring environment. The true purpose shows through with the relationship of the main character and her boyfriend. Sad to say this is simply a zombie theme hammered into what is an attempt at a romance ...more
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
There will be a full review to come later, but I just finished this book and it was so freaking amazing! I was totally caught up in this story! It was so creative and packed full of action. The characters are awesome and the love story is to die for!! Read this book!!
Ellen Gail
Nov 21, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, freebie
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The best zombie novel I have ever read
Amy Fournier
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I'm going to start this review by saying I have some major friggin love for Rhiannon!! She is seriously awesome. So you all know that I totally love the As The World Dies series so I was super excited to read yet another zombie novel written by her. This book was incredibly amazing!! I was instantly hooked. By the end of the Prologue I knew I was going to devour it and love it!! I loved the characters, I loved the setting, and I loved how invested I became. This book is full of action, surprises ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review posted here:

100 years ago everything changed. The Inferi Scourge [Zombies] has forced everyone to live inside the Bastion. But the one thing that they need to do, to continue to survive life within the Bastion is close the gates. Which seems like is never going to happen. Every attempt has failed. This step is crucial for the people in the Bastion because, the food is running low, everything is falling apart, and eventually if something does not hap
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I absolutely loved everything about this book. Maria is amazing! She is tough, she is a born leader, and she has some serious heart. She is the soldier that you want fighting beside you. She is willing to sacrifice so much to help the survivors in the Bastion. Maria is kind, caring, and loving, most of all she is loyal to what she believes in. She is one of the best heroines that I have read in a long time.

I was shocked at all the revelations made. There were so many lies, cover ups, intentiona
4 1/2 stars rounded to 5

The last of humanity shelters behind the great city walls of the Bastion, but they are slowly dying, as the Infected have broken through the outer gates and into the valley that once grew the crops and held the farm animals that would sustain them. Vanguard Maria Martinez of the Constabulary volunteers for a secret mission (and experiment) that would allow her to walk among the Infected undetected, in order to clear them out and eradicate them. As an Inferi Boon, Martinez
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little bit predictable but overall I really enjoyed the book. A very creative approach to a zombie book. I was impressed with the imaginative concept to dealing with a zombie problem so much so that I am more than willing to overlook the minor flaws in the story.

Nice character development too. I could really start picturing faces of actors that I thought would really bring the story to life on the screen.

This is my first read of a Rhiannon Frater book and it definately makes me want to check
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Rhiannon Rhiannon Rhiannon!!! That was awesome! I so wish that Maria and Dwayne's story could go on and on! And for those of you who haven't read it, it is definitely the one of the best zombie stories I have read. This has made me want to read all of Rhianna's zombie books.

Please keep writing and I'll keep reading!!! :)
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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog).

She was born and raised in Texas where she currently resides with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).


Other books in the series

The Last Bastion (3 books)
  • The Last Mission of the Living (The Last Bastion #2)
  • Escape from the Last Bastion (The Last Bastion #3)