'BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED ... HAUNTING ... EXTRAORDINARY' EMILY ST JOHN MANDEL
'A CLEVER, ORIGINAL, SCARILY PLAUSIBLE WHITE-KNUCKLE READ' ERIN KELLY
BREAKING: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington
BREAKING: London hit, thousands feared dead.
BREAKING: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm.
Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the world ended. More than a...more
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 ...more
The fear, the hardships, a sense of grieving are all well ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Some choose to leave the hotel but Jon and several other people decide the hotel is the best and safest place fo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
American Historian, Jon Keller, is attending a Conference at the remote L’Hotel Sixteme in Switzerland when the end of the world hits.
NEW YORK 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
Jon ignored the text message from his wife, thinking he had time to answer it. While in Switzerland at a conference, the world ends- nuclear war starts, and countries all over the globe are demolished. Somehow, the hotel where Jon is staying has been relatively unscathed. Along with twenty other survivors, Jon tries to make the best of the world left behind. When he discove ...more
Jameson had written th ...more