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The Last Day of Captain Lincoln

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Captain Lincoln's last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the mo
Kindle Edition, Illustrated eBook, 133 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by EXO Books, LLC
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Whispering Stories
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not expect much from this book, after all it was a modest 133 pages long and written by someone who calls himself EXO Books. I was however pleasantly surprised. The book grew on me and it left me with plenty of food for thought.

Initially this appears to be just another sci-fi book about interstellar travel but it is far deeper than that. As we follow Captain Lincoln through his final day he reviews his life and considers death, philosophy and to some degree religion. It also describes euth
Briar's Reviews
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by EXO Books

Sometimes when I read books, I don't know what I'm in for, and this book fit that description. You look at the cover and the blurb, think "Hm, will I like this?" and then begin reading. And shockingly, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I like reading all types of books and not sticking to just one particular type because it expands my horizons - and this short, sweet book made me agree with opening myself up to different books.

This book seems l
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
*I received a copy of this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

What a wonderful-wonderful read this was! The concept of a society described was something that made me think, think, think…. Sure, the grass is always greener on the other side and what is described in The Last Day of Captain Lincoln- well, wow. To live up to 80 with no illnesses, look young and be fully able for the ‘horizontal tango’ 4 times a day- where is the dotted line I can drop my signature on?

Danielle N
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
As I started to type out the usual details I include in every review, I stopped upon reaching genre. I realized that a part of me felt as if I were selling this story short by simply labeling it. Sure it is fiction. It is definitely science fiction, but it truly is so much more than that. While short in length, The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is monumental in meaning and expression.

Full review here.
Clare O'Beara
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
This philosophical SF tale brings us on board a generation starship, off to colonise a system but discovering too late that the star has turned to a red giant and they are all doomed. This isn't a spoiler; it's the first few pages. Tenses shift in a distracting fashion. I'd advise consistency.

We then go back to follow the senior captain around for this, his last day. Starting with what I considered a gratuitous naked drawing, so adult eyes only, for that and other mature reasons. The rest of the
Kirsty Hanson
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is the debut novel from EXO Books and is a novella that is intriguing, captivating, exciting and inspirational.

This 133-page book was heart-warming whilst also being a book that made you cry, it was a book that you could take something away from, an important lesson that you could learn. That's why this book was so good.

Captain Lincoln's last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, one time Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln alwa
Meggy - Chocolate'n'Waffles
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Knowing the date of your death from the start does not make things easier.

After a long and healthy life aboard the starship, Captain Lincoln has reached the end of his journey. Surrounded by the love of his life, his friends, his brothers and sisters, and every other generation since his birth, he must face the last day of his life.

I am very happy to have been contacted by the author to read and review this story because I could not have picked it myself, and I would have missed a very important
Sarina Langer
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this wasn't what I expected! It was good, but it didn't feel like a novel to me, more like a creative essay on mortality.

The blurb tells you everything you need to know, although I find the last line misleading. The book gives you exactly what the blurb promises, no more, no less - Captain Lincoln wakes up on his last day, and goes through his everyday life one last time.

Captain Lincoln lives aboard a spaceship headed
Lauren Stoolfire
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Captain Lincoln has always known his last day, his eightieth birthday, was coming, but it's still the hardest day of his life. Lincoln was a much-loved captain of the generation ship, the USNAS Hope Eternal. On the ship, births and deaths are very strictly planned out - every five years a small group composing the new generation is born and on the same day the group turning 80 dies to make way for the younger generations. L
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The books start with the most amazingly beautifully sad quotes I read in a while. Those quotes set high expectations for the book. Will the book itself will be nearly as beautifully sad as the quotes? It was. The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is a beautiful work of fiction.

The story uses a true sci-fi setting - a spaceship that is traveling to Earth 2.0 and tells us a story that is at its core - musing about life and death. It is a story of Lincoln's last day, we know that it is last day, and he
David Baird
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start with this one.. wow.

This is a tough read..not in a bad way.. It’s tough read as I couldn’t help but feel sad reading the moving tale of of Captain Lincoln and his last day alive. I can honestly say I didn’t want to finish this one.. I didn’t want to him to go.

In the future a spaceship sets out to save humanity from society itself. Everyone aboard this ship has a role and plays their part. Everyone has some worth and respect.

It was decided some time ago that the ship just isn’t a
Sci-Fi & Scary
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: request-author
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is a 107 page novella that sets out with a very specific goal. To make you feel. It accomplishes it admirably. Well-written and poignant, the novella takes you through the last day of the 80 year old former starship captain. He knows it will be his last day, and he is determined to face it with dignity. At the same time, he is human and he rails against the idea of dying. It just proves that even when you know it’s for a reason – even when you know it’ll be an eas ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, novella
I have received a free review copy from the author, the opinions expressed are my own.

The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of speculative fiction, almost an essay on the meaning of life, using an alternate science fiction scenario to explore the possibility of having your death planned – and the feelings that come during the very last day of your life.

This novella covers the entire day of the life of the main character. As the narrative progresses and the ti
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This excellent little book is not to be missed. While it has many really innovative and creative bits of science fiction, such as it’s description of a living space ship, and humans who are technologically quite advanced, the meat of the book is really about living and dying.

The arc of the story follows Captain Lincoln on his last day alive. In this society of future survivors, heading to a new home in the Universe on a journey that will take them hundreds of years, the rules dictate that in or
Vikki Patis
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is a novella set in space. It describes what the title explains - it's Captain Lincoln's last day. With population controls in place, every person is given 80 years to live. The upside is that they are in perfect health the entire time. The downside, of course, is knowing the exact day you will die from the moment you're born.

Some may find this macabre, but I quite like this idea. We (Brits especially) deal with death in the wrong way, I find. The problem with de
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-reads, arc
***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***

Actually 3.5/5

This was an interesting read for me because I generally read science fiction that involves some sort of adventure that provides commentary rather than science fiction that focuses one moment in time. While I did like the commentary on death and how you can never truly be prepared for it, I thought there were a couple of moments that were tangential to Lincoln's story and while it did add to the building of the world I did
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great sci-fi read. I found it so unique that the entire book is based on the last day of the former captain's death... And that he (and the reader) both know it is his last day!

The futuristic elements, such as the moving hallways, were creative. I found the illustrations if the music did not add to the story though, which is why I don't give it five stars.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-review, e-book, scifi

See the original review on Gaming for Justice:

I received a free e-book copy in exchange for an open and honest review.

This novella is unique. One that has made me think more philosophically about life and death than any other book I have read this year. The Last Day of Captain Lincoln chronicles the final day that the main character, Captain Lincoln, is alive. The story is set way way in the future, on a space shuttle orbiting a far off star. The colony c
Dennis Littrell
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading beneath the surface

In some ways this is the most boring book I have ever read. I agree with all the sentiments expressed. It is all uplifting. Everyone is beautifully and properly behaved. There is hope and happiness and love. The children are all wonderfully expressed in their beauty and their earnest love of life. The adults are good and wise, kind and loving. Nobody hurts anybody. Everything that happens is good and even the finale, or especially the finale, is inspiring and exemplifi
Angela Kalnins
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy or stories about Utopian societies
Recommended to Angela by: a friend
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln
By Exo Books (Author)
Science Fiction/Fantasy

A friend recommended this book to me. I was looking for something in the “fantasy” category. I guess I was thinking of a ‘rainbows and unicorns’ kind of story. This book wasn’t that…not exactly. Even still, I liked it a lot.

Captain Lincoln is an 80-year-old retired (space) ship captain, descendant of the last humans of earth, part of a Utopian society of people still searching—after many, many generations—for a new plan
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

​A word of warning to those who read The Last Day of Captain Lincoln, this is not a book with a terrific amount of story to it. It instead explores a distant time in our future and the subject of death. Also to be understood this is just the beginning, which is why I hope a few pages were spent discussing peppers.
The metaphors in the introduction to this are glorious. I like especially ‘barren ashtray of cinder and dust’ I als
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you could live until your 80 with a healthy life and no illnesses would you? You will die on midnight of your 80th birthday. Would you take the deal??

I will be honest as usual with my review. When I chose to read this book my first thought was Sci fi, may be ok, will give it a try, may enjoy something out of my usual genre. Basically, I didn't have high expectations. One thing I will say before anything else is that this book is very powerful and really does make you think. The poems, saying
Ann Pratley
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing read! This entire book covers one day of a life - their 80th birthday, which is when they must die in order to maintain population control in space. The concept reminded me of an old 70s-80s movie and TV programme, 'Logan's Run' (although of course in that the people were killed off much younger), however this story greatly inspires while telling the story of this one day in a life. It is thought provoking, and I think anyone reading it might subconsciously find themselves ask ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have received the book for a fair review. The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is a short read, because it is really the last day. Within 24 hours, Captain Lincoln has to tie up his loose ends before his life ends.
Set in a space ship, the birth and death of its residents are planned, so that people can survive long enough until they find a place to live.

It does not have a lot of action, or a fight to the end. This is a good bye and a contemplation of life. This book makes you rethink what your lif
Gian Andrea
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Innovative and thoughtful science fiction, The Last Day of Captain Lincoln gives the reader an in depth look into the possibilities of existence in a near future, - where the interesting premises see the characters life and death established since birth.
The path of Captain Lincoln has come to an end, it's his eightieth birthday and he knows what that means.
Humanity has managed to survive so far, thanks to its ultimate, strict, rule.
How would you live knowing that you can count down the days to y
Saad Mohammad
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this read. In a short amount of time the author develops a pretty vivid universe where I actually had a lot of questions about how things developed and worked; but also keeps the focus on the central character's inner questions and turmoil. Most sci fi books lose readers with their focus on the sci fi, but this kept my interest as it kept the focus on the human struggles dogging the narrator. At the end, I wanted to know more, about almost everything and that's the litmus test for ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a little out there for me. But I think that is why I liked it because it was odd and weird and unusual. Captain Lincoln is very old and a descendant of last humans of earth but in this book you only live to be 80. Crazy right? this book has got a little crazy in it too. I think it is a hoot and you should check it is out and see what you think. * I received this book from the author and this is my honest review*
Mina Harker
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like post-apocalyptic sci-fi
*I received an ARC of this book.*

I enjoyed the take on death this book presented. The introduction was a bit confusing but it became a little easier to follow after that. I don't envy the captain for having to face death down for the entirety of the book. All in all, I find The Last Day of Captain Lincoln to be a very good rainy day read and an intriguing take on the post-apocalypse genre.
Clabe Polk
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Captain Lincoln is on a star ship traveling through space toward a distant star that allegedly possesses a Goldilocks planet capable of colonization. The trip takes many generations. In order to deal with limited space and resources on the ship, lives in each generation are limited to eighty years; at mid-night on the eightieth birthday each life is terminated. Lincoln is now eighty and must face termination. This book is about his good-byes and his message to the upcoming generation; but his me ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I was sent this kindle version in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows Captain Lincoln on the last day of his life. He talks with the youngest generation and spends his last day going through the "stages of grief" somewhat.

Now this story was honestly slightly depressing because this is the last day of Lincoln's life along with 8 of his friends. However this story was also really well written in my opinion. The author talks about things and describe them so that you can visualize the
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