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The Last Harvest

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  124 reviews
“I plead the blood.”

Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Tor Teen
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Kim Liggett No. This is a stand alone YA horror novel from Tor Teen. The sequel to Blood and Salt will be out next year. We'll be announcing the title soon. : )…moreNo. This is a stand alone YA horror novel from Tor Teen. The sequel to Blood and Salt will be out next year. We'll be announcing the title soon. : )(less)

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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Well, Kim Liggett sure doesn’t mess around. That was my first thought after finishing The Last Harvest, but only once I was recovered from feeling like I was thrown off a bridge thanks to that ending. This book might be published under a Young Adult imprint, but when it comes to delivering horror, it’s the real deal—no kid gloves here. To give fair warning, I would probably place this on the “older teen” spectrum, and if y
Candace Robinson
I have loved Liggett’s writing in all the books I’ve read by her. And what she does best, is write well-rounded characters!

Clay was such a relatable character and he was going through a lot. Sometimes I didn’t know if he was crazy or what was going on! And I loved that!

I also liked the thing going on between him and Ali but I felt their relationship was a little underdeveloped. I would have liked to have seen more scenes between them with deeper conversations or even flashbacks!

Other than that,
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
Here's two things you probably need to know about Kim Liggett: 1) She writes about really creepy shit going down in large, ominous crop settings; and 2) She does a damn good job of it.

Instead of trying to "review" a book with a ton of potential to spoil stuff, I am going to ask myself questions about it and then answer them for you! See, horror and I don't always mix. I want to like them
Lee Kelly
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
World, get ready for this book.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The nitty-gritty: The devil, teens and wheat fields collide in Liggett’s latest terrifying story.

Once again, Kim Liggett tackles the irresistible combination of teenagers and horror. In her debut Blood and Salt, she set her story in the corn fields. This time the story revolves around wheat fields (OK Kim what’s up with the crop stories??) and involves an age-old evil that is infiltrating a small Oklahoma town. While I enjoyed Kim’s first book, I can definitely see that she’s grown as a writer,

Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, young-adult
3.5 Stars
This was a suspenseful young adult horror novel with a fantastic autumn setting. Filled with football and harvesting, this would be an excellent book to read in the fall season. The teenage romance was an annoying distraction from the occult plot. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this folk horror novel.
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
This reads so much like a 90’s slasher movie it’s worth pulling out the popcorn and turning the lights off. It’s good fun, does not take itself too seriously and invokes a lot of those Exorcist feels. A lot of this will be new and fresh for the younger audience it’s aimed at and with a dash of sex, some high school football and a bit of drug use, it certainly ticks some of the traditional genre specific boxes as well as some new ones.

Last Harvest starts with a few mysteries a year after a major
Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Suspense filled young adult horror novel that is equally creepy and terrifying.

Opening Sentence: People call this God’s country, but you can’t have God without the Devil.

The Review:

Kim Liggett’s The Last Harvest is a young adult horror novel that kept me in suspense from beginning to end. There are some terrifying and creepy events that happen within the book but it wasn’t until the end that I was truly creeped out. I spent most of the novel try
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Horror

The Last Harvest falls well within the young adult horror genre and incorporates vivid evil that is sure to give readers goosebumps. Having enjoyed the authors debut novel, Blood and Salt, I was very much looking forward to reading this one. Unfortunately, it didn’t necessarily hit me in the gut like her former book, but was still good none the less. I think this may be because I really couldn’t connect with the storyline, although I did
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-tbr
"People call this God's country, but you can't have God without the devil."

I LOVED THIS BOOK. The Last Harvest was my introduction to Kim Liggett, and it was so good. I ordered this book when it was nominated for a 2017 Stoker Award, and it ended up winning!

This is a YA horror novel, and most of the others I've read have not really gone into full-out creepy territory like this one did. I felt like it was an excellent blend of teen drama and unsettling horror, and I imagine that's probably a di
Aj Sterkel
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Likes: Well, that was severely messed up. I did not expect that ending. This is for sure a horror story. The plot is wild, and there’s all the blood and guts you could ever want. I would have adored this book as a teen.

Seventeen-year-old Clay is not having a fun time in life. After the death of his father, weird stuff starts happening in Clay’s town. Either Clay is going insane, or his classmates are possessed by demons. (Personally, I vote for the demons. Have you ever met a teenager?) Clay is
Erin Arkin
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett is described as Friday Night Lights meets Rosemary’s Baby and because of that, I was immediately intrigued. After reading, I have to say it leans more toward Rosemary’s Baby and the only tie to Friday Night Lights I could see was that the main character was at one time the popular quarterback. Even with that in mind the story that Liggett created was an interesting one.

Clay is the main character and he has been dealing with a lot since his father died a year ago.
So this is two* books from Liggett now that moved along at a nice clip and were pretty decent in the beginning (nice sense of eerie atmosphere, interesting "cult" set-up, rootforable characters), that have just gotten steadily more cheesy as they went on, to then feel rushed and ridiculous in the end. And basically every moment of this one was utterly predictable (except, of course, to the oblivious MC...) =/

*The other being Blood and Salt. Both owe a lot to the Children of the Corn, rural mi
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got to read some early pages of The Last Harvest at a workshop with the author, and I am hooked! Clay is a character you want to follow, and I'm so curious to learn more about what is going on in his creepy Oklahoma town. The writing really draws you in, and the mystery is nicely laid out to keep you turning the pages. If only I'd had more pages to turn!! Can. Not. Wait. to read the rest! ...more
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People call this God's country. But you can't have God without the Devil.

Clay Tate is almost eighteen. He's got big-time football colleges willing to give a poor Central-Oklahoma farm boy a full ride in exchange for playing ball, the chance of a lifetime when you come from such humble backgrounds as Clay.
The sixth American-born generation of an Irish immigrant family who came rushing for the land rush in 1889, Clay, as well as the other sons an
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
"It's too late. No matter what happens, no matter what you do...he's coming."

Wow, this was a gory, creepy and fun story! It's the perfect mix of mystery and horror to keep the pages flying.

Clay's father did a horrible thing to the town last year. Once he was gone, Clay is now the man of the house. Between his mom's depression, Jess's rebellion and Noodle's young age - Clay is trying to get the harvest done, keep food on the table and the bills paid with not a lot of help in the house. But that'
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books


It's been a year since Clay's father died in a horrific way. Everyone thought he was crazy for what he'd done before he died.
Now Clay is starting to have some very disturbing nightmares and everyone in town seems to be acting strange.
He begins to wonder if he too is going crazy or maybe his Dad knew something evil was coming and died in an attempt to stop it.

Personal Opinion

Kim Liggett has a special talent when it comes to writing about farmers fields and cults. But I'm not complainin
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
That was an okay read but nothing more than that. The story, which revolves around Devil worshipping, has been done many times before and better than this. I think part of the problem is that the author doesn't go all the way into full-blown horror, it's more of a watered down plot probably marketed toward YA audiences, and it shows.

The story is told entirely in the main character POV; in that regard, we get to know Clay very well as he suffers through an endless series of supposed hallucinatio
Loved how disturbing this was! Perfect for Stephen King fans.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book is EVERYTHING! I have been reading creepy reads for a long time and The Last Harvest tops my favorites of ALL.TIME!!! Yes it is that good!!

Right from the beginning Liggett throws her readers into a story filled with dark and scary elements. From the breeding barn, wheat fields, and Preservation Society you can just feel the sinister smoke following Clay around. It was AMAZING!! I don't think any other story has been this way and I loved it!

The story itself was dark and had a religious
I find it only fair to let you know that I'm the type of reader who is fairly desensitized to horror novels at this point. I read a lot of them and, since I found this genre early on when YA horror wasn't a big thing, most of them are targeted to adults. So take my review with a grain of salt, my friends. I expect a lot from books that market themselves as horror. I love to feel the tension, hate/love the characters, and be completely blindsided at every turn. Basically, The Last Harvest had a l ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It’s been a long time since I read a novel of this kind, a novel of anguish or even horror but it is always interesting to plunge back into this type of atmosphere. I had the opportunity to read some reviews before beginning the story and it was with pleasure that I saw that they were all positive even if several explained that for a YA novel, that it did not correspond to a youthful novel. I can understand that and it is true that I did not expect the story
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first heard Kim talking about this book at Books of Wonder last fall, I knew I had to get my hands on it. She pitched it as Friday Night Lights meets Rosemary's Baby, which is both awesome and creepy at the same time. I definitely saw the similarities to both, and how she tied the two together was pretty neat. I really enjoyed reading through this one and I loved that I didn't want to put it down—except sometimes I did, because I got creeped out and was a bit afraid a creepy doll would be ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the written equivalent of a B-horror movie, which is NOT an insult in any way, shape or form because I f***ing love B-horror movies. Liggett doesn't really forge any new paths but the she does do a pretty good job with the formula material - a compulsive read that kept me up way past my bedtime and also kept me guessing as to how it was going to end. She does a great job with the protagonist and conveying the dread and paranoia he must have felt throughout this situation. A couple of pl ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
not sure how to rate this one yet; back later.
This was a good young adult horror book. The story is told from the view of Clay. A year ago his family lost their father when he apparently went crazy leaving Clay to work the farm and keep the family together. His Mom seems to have gone comatose, his younger sister is acting like she doesn't care and is hanging out with the wrong crowd and his littlest sister Noodle is positive and the light of his life. You really get to know Clay and Noodle the most but the rest of the characters are fleshed ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, horror
Teenager Clay rushes to finish the wheat harvest and the Devil may be coming.

First off, I loved the ending! No spoilers, so I'll just say that it really packed a punch. It's the kind of ending that has you re-reading the last twenty pages or so to savor how everything turned out. Having said that, I was a little disappointed in the book as a whole. About 200 pages in, I started skimming a bit. There was just too much teenage angst for me - it's hard to figure out how seriously to take events whe
First of all, I think that if a book relies so heavily on the twisted ending without anything else going for it in the middle isn't a very good book.

This book is about a small town that gets stuck into an occult and cult-like practices, that most of them weren't even explained by the end of the book. It's about the devil trying to come back using an old pact the first settlers made with him, in exchange for the souls of their sixth generation.

It was very confusing, the romance drama was very out
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The perfect read for someone that is looking for a Halloween/Fall read about a really small town and a secret society that is ready to do anything to make sure everything will be ready for The Last Harvest.

After losing his father, Clay is struggling with keeping his family and their wheat farm afloat. His mom's mind is gone, Jess is acting out and he is having disturbing nightmares that could be related to his father's strange death.

This was a great dark tale about a secret society/cult in a
Courtney McGhee
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
This is the second book I’ve read by Kim Liggett, and I was not disappointed! I absolutely adored The Grace Year and now that I’ve read The Last Harvest, I want to applaud her for her twisted mind. As soon as I thought I had it all figured out she threw me the biggest curveball at the end of the book! Wow, just wow. I loved every minute of this twisted book.
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Kim Liggett, originally from the rural midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year. Kim spends her free time studying tarot and scouring Manhattan for rare vials of perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail.

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