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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,741 ratings  ·  700 reviews
For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war—along with twenty other survivors—who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovere ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Atria Books (first published January 31st 2019)
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Maureen
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Jon Keller has travelled from his home in the US, and is staying in an isolated hotel set amongst the lush green forests of Switzerland whilst attending a work conference. His morning begins as normal in the hotel’s dining room, until news starts to filter in from around the world of nuclear attacks on major cities, indeed the whole of Scotland appears to have been obliterated! As expected, people start to panic, with many abandoning the hotel and heading for the nearest airport and railway stat ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really unsettling read, especially because it felt so plausible based on current events. That said, it was also a gripping, fast paced dystopian thriller with a side dish of murder mystery. I don't want to say too much about this one yet, but I'm really excited to see what other people think of The Last as they read/review it. While the plots are different, it gave me similar vibes to The Last One, another post-apocalyptic/dystopian that I adored. I think fans of that book will love t ...more
Melisa
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve stepped outside of my genre comfort zone with The Last, and I’m so glad that I took the chance - it paid off!

This is a dark, deeply disturbing tale of one man’s account of what he deems to be the end of the world due to nuclear war. One that is extremely unsettling and anxiety inducing due to the fact that it is completely possible. This one actually took me longer than normal to read, I had to keep putting it down because I kept saying “what if...”.

Jon is an American historian who finds hi
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Kylie D
A realistic type of dystopian novel, chilling, intriguing, and altogether believable. Set in a Swiss forest in an isolated hotel, Jon, a historian attending a conference, is caught up when the world goes BOOM! Nuclear war has broken out, most of the world's major cities are lost, communication is scratchy and transport non-existent. Jon takes it on himself to record what has happened, from his point of view, and we are reading his journal.

The fear, the hardships, a sense of grieving are all well
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carol.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Last Policeman
I was all set to close the book (cough) on 2018; I had finished up the Peter Grant series in a very satisfactory way, was finishing up a couple other books, and was hoping to actually complete reviews for the books read, all in the same year--I know, I know. Foolish. Then I saw Robert's review and the words 'apocalypse' and 'mystery' instantly jumped out. You could not have tempted me more with dark chocolate sea salt caramels. And wouldn't you know it? Last was just as satisfying, a great mix o ...more
Susanne  Strong
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.75 Stars* (rounded up)

Let’s talk about HEART PALPITATIONS!
The ones that feel like they are going to BURST right out of your chest (almost like the Alien from that movie with Ripley).. upon starting “The Last” by Hanna Jameson – and seeing the words “Nuclear Bomb” and “Nuclear Apocalypse”… well, my heart started beating so hard, I felt like it was going to explode. Those are not words I want to see in my lifetime. Thankfully this novel is fictional.

That said, what started out as a dystopian
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karen
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOW AVAILABLE!!

i was offered an e-ARC of this book and encouraged to go in blind. i read the synopsis, obviously, to make sure it was within my (admittedly very broad) reading tastes, and from that, i gathered that it was a locked-room mystery with a twist: a young girl’s body is found on the premises of a swiss hotel that is still standing in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the world, leaving twenty people struggling to make sense of this altered global landscape and n
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megs_bookrack
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars**

Jon Keller is attending an academic conference at the L'Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland on the day the bombs fall. Nuclear war has broken out and cities all over the world have been decimated. Through early news alerts he learns hundreds of thousands of people have been killed.



Jon's wife and two children are home in San Francisco but he can't really worry about that now, he needs to focus on keeping himself alive. Jon and twenty other survivors hunker down in the relative safety of the
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Paromjit
Hanna Jameson's dystopian, apocalyptic mystery novel embodies our worst fears and nightmares with the current US political situation. It begins with the shocking details of nuclear war with weapons exploding in cities around the world, including Washington, Munich, London and Scotland. This is a story of the impact and terrifying repercussions that follow for the survivors and a locked room murder mystery set in a remote and isolated hotel in Switzerland. American historian, Jon Keller, is in a ...more
Debra
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"History is only the sum of its people and, as far as I know, we could be the last ones."

Historian Jon Keller was attending a conference at a hotel, L’Hotel Sixieme, in Switzerland when nuclear bombs/weapons hit various cities around the world. Jon thought he had time to respond to his wife's text message, he was mulling over what to say and regrets how things were left between them. Now he fears that his wife and daughters may be dead and what is worse is that he may never know.

While some left
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Woo, this book! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

So, the less you know going in, the better! There’s a reason it has a brief synopsis, and my review will be to the point, too!

The Last is a dystopian psychological thriller on every level. An American professor is left stranded in Switzerland as a nuclear war erupts. The professor is not alone. There are twenty other “survivors.”

As if surviving nuclear war isn’t enough, this crew has a murderer in their midsts as the body of a girl has been discovered in a water tank at
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Kaceey
“It’s the end of the world as we know it...” R.E.M.

Well this book captured me from the start, as nuclear bombs begin dropping around the globe.
Jon, an American, is far away from his family and home. He was on a conference in a secluded hotel in Switzerland when the world comes to an apocalyptic halt. Do you stay and wait for someone to locate and rescue you? Or do you take matters into your own hands and venture into the wasteland trying to make your way to civilization?

It’s all a matter of sim
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Holly  B
This was a quite frightening premise. Nuclear attack in Washington, then London, and continuing. Just the fact that it is actually possible was enough to bring chills over me.

Twenty survivors are hold up in a large hotel in Switzerland when all communication is lost. The story is told through one of the twenty, Jon. He is an American who was traveling. He felt the need to document his experience for future generations. The format of the story told through his daily journal entries worked well.

T
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Dan Schwent
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books, 2018
Jon Keller is in Switzerland, half a world away from his family, when Washington DC and a lot of other cities get nuked. Now, stranded in a hotel with dozens of strangers, cut off from the internet, wondering if his family is still alive, Jon and others find a girl's body in one of the hotel's water tanks...

My man Easy E was bragging about how great this book was on Twitter months ago and I added it to my Netgalley wish list. Eventually, I was invited to read it and I read it on a single dreary
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
Did you like the Walking Dead?
I can describe this book a Walking Dead without Zombies!

This was such a different read.

The world comes to an end after the 'stupid' politicians turn each other's countries to nuclear playgrounds. Attacks on everywhere, cuts the communication, transport and destroys the order of the world as we know it. In a massive hotel building in Europe, far far away from every form of civilisation is the American lecturer Jon, stuck with some 20 strangers.



The story is told via
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

The end of the world has happened. Somebody got trigger happy with the nuclear bombs and wiped out most of the world.


Well the big cities anyways. This story revolves around a group that survives. They are all at a Swiss Hotel for conferences, weird stuff, etc.
After everyone does the panic thing about not having phones and internet, some resemblance of calm happens. We see everything through the eyes of Jon, he is some smarty farty type. (I kinda lost what he actually does..don't worry
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j e w e l s
THREE STARS

THE LAST is a mixture of genres: nuclear apocalypse, mystery, psychological suspense.

Jon is staying at a hotel in Switzerland for a conference when everyone's phones start pinging with notifications. There is a nuclear attack underway in many parts of the world and let me assure you--the beginning part of the story is absolutely chilling.

It is easy to imagine this frightening scenario. My gosh, every time my phone alerts me to the latest crazy presidential tweet, I think, "Well, this
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Michelle
Jon Keller is an American historian that is attending a conference at a Switzerland hotel. While having breakfast one morning someone shouts out that nuclear bombs have started detonating through out many big U.S. cities. Panic ensues as people frantically try to gather any and all information possible. Soon it becomes apparent that many countries around the world have been destroyed.

Some choose to leave the hotel but Jon and several other people decide the hotel is the best and safest place fo
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Berit☀️✨
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, book-besties, arc
A terrifying tale that was haunting, chilling, and far too real!

Who Will be with you when the world comes to an end? And what kind of person will you be?


This book was riveting and unique. A post apocalyptic psychological thriller, Who would’ve thought? Hanna Jameson that’s who! And can I just say I am so happy about this, this was such a compelling thought-provoking journey and I am so grateful to have taken it. This is a book that will completely ensnare both your mind and your heart. This
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Lisa
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, at 60% I'm throwing in the towel. This book has bored me to near death! There's too little happening, and most of it takes.place in the hotel, and it's all from one person's perspective. I need action! I think just the fact that nothing ever changed is what killed it for me. I'm just one of those crazy people who wouldn't be able to stay in a hotel with strangers, and I would need to know what's going on in my hemisphere. I thought about cheating and peeking at the last few chapters, but d ...more
Andrew Smith
Jon Keller learns that the nuclear apocalypse has arrived over breakfast at a remote Swiss hotel. Looking at her mobile phone, a fellow guest gasps the news that Washington DC has just been bombed. Very quickly it becomes apparent that other major cities around the world have suffered a similar fate. Panic erupts as people rush to leave the hotel but Jon and a few others stay, as much through an inability to make a decision as by rational choice. A university professor who lives in San Francisco ...more
Tucker

Many thanks to David at Atria Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Is this it? I mean, for humanity. Am I the last person alive making notes on the end of the world? I'm not sure whether I would rather already be dead.


That quote basically sums up this entire book, which is no easy task. Imagine if The Shining, And Then There Were None and A Quiet Place had a baby. That horribly, disturbingly, beautiful hellspawn would be this book. A mess of tears, anger, curiosity tha
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NZLisaM
An Apocalyptic Murder Mystery!

American Historian, Jon Keller, is attending a Conference at the remote L’Hotel Sixteme in Switzerland when the end of the world hits.

WASHINGTON gone.
LONDON gone.
NEW YORK gone.
BERLIN gone.
SCOTTLAND gone.

Decimated in nuclear attacks around the globe.

Then the INTERNET dies.

Jon, and the 20 staff and guests who make the decision to remain at L’Hotel Sixteme, are cut-off with no idea of what’s happening outside their walls. Has Switzerland been hit? Is there anybody els
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Whispering Stories
Book Reviewed by Cara on www.whisperingstories.com

Staying at L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland, having attended a conference, Jon wakes up one morning to find he has survived the end of the world; major countries and cities throughout have been victim to nuclear attacks. Stranded in the hotel with fear of what might await him outside, Jon starts to document the present events in the hope this will one day be read if they are rescued. A few days after the attacks, Jon finds the body of a young girl
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Char
THE LAST: A NOVEL by Hanna Jameson is an intriguing look at how people might deal with the end of the world. In this case, starting with a nuclear bomb and a cell phone notification!

Jon Keller and and a group of plucky survivors find themselves stranded in a resort hotel in Switzerland when nuclear bombs are dropped on bigger cities around the world. He and everyone else there are stuck with no access to the outside world-the internet goes down and cell phones no longer work. With no ability to
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Darinda
Jon is staying at a hotel in Switzerland when nuclear war breaks out. The hotel is in a remote enough location that the employees and guests of the hotel are safe from the bombs, but cut off from society. Some people from the hotel decide to leave and find their way home, but Jon and 20 or so others remain at the hotel. After a couple of months in the hotel, the water pressure starts to disappear. While investigating the cause, the body of a young girl is found. Jon takes it upon himself to find ...more
Juli
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jon had a fight with his wife and left for a conference in Switzerland, frustrated and angry. He thought he had all the time in the world to fix his relationship with his kids and his wife. But, widespread nuclear attacks destroy modern society and he's left stranded with a small group of survivors at a remote Swiss hotel. Not only do they have to worry about radiation, dwindling food and supplies, and other survivors....but they find a child's body floating in one of the hotel's water tanks. It ...more
Kendall
Wow... this was a very unique thriller! This was a mix of dystopian, mystery, and some psychological suspense.

This was a very frightening premise in the fact that there is a nuclear war going on. Twenty survivors are trapped in a large hotel in Switzerland as the nuclear attack is going on. The story is told from Jon's perspective who is one of the survivors from the hotel. I loved how the story was told from his journal entries!!

Of course to add more hype to this story... there is a murder th
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Donna Backshall
If there were a nuclear event that affected the globe, and you found yourself stranded in a highly remote (and virtually unaffected) area in Switzerland, what would you do? This is the unnerving question we, as readers, face as we read The Last: A Novel.

As much as we'd like to romanticize the situation, imagining gallant heroes swooping in to save the day, or creating some frenzied apocalyptic nightmare with zombies and terminators, the truth is that in reality not a lot would happen right away.
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Louise Wilson
A nuclear weapon detonates over Washington. London is hit, thousands are feared dead. Munich and Scotland are hit. World leaders call for calm. Historian, Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends. As the light go out on civilisation, he he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia and their two daughters were still alive. Jon is stranded in a hotel with loads of strangers. They find a little girls body in one of the hotels water tanks. Jon decides to investigate the little g ...more
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Hanna Jameson's fourth novel, part murder mystery and part post-apocalyptic thriller - THE LAST - is out early 2019, with Viking UK and Simon & Schuster - Atria Books US. The Last is the story of an American academic searching for the truth about a girl who has been murdered in his Swiss hotel in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the Western world.

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