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The Last Day is set 40 years into the future after the planet’s rotation has slowed to a halt, resulting in half the earth facing the constant light of the sun while the other half lives in an endless, frozen night. The plot centres on a young scientist who is called back to London from the frozen Atlantic and begins to uncover a truth which could change the future of the ...more
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    A visionary and powerful debut thriller set in a terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future—with clear parallels to today's headlines—in which the ...more

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    Andrew Smith
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    At first the world started rotating more slowly, then it’s rotation stopped altogether.

    The year is 2059 and the earth stopped turning thirty years ago. Roughly half of the planet is in perpetual frozen darkness and most of the rest is turning to desert, thanks to the unremitting full force of the sun. there is a narrow habitable region which has, by luck alone, avoided either extreme. Britain won the end of the world lottery and has become the pre-eminent force in the world, and the place
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    Liz Barnsley
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Last Day is a heady mix of post apocalyptic drama and political thriller, with some intricate world building and intriguing, engaging characters.

    It is an end of the world espionage tale as our main protagonist Ellen Hopper risks everything to find out a dangerous secret- dangerous to those in power who are determined to ensure it’s burial. Beautifully plotted, cleverly addictive, you eagerly follow in Ellen’s footsteps through a ravaged and isolated UK, Andrew Hunter Murray adding insightful
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    Vikki Patis
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Gripping and exciting, The Last Day is the kind of dystopian novel that gives us a terrifying glimpse into a possible not too distant future. I felt my heart racing as I read, desperate to uncover the secrets, and I felt a distinct 1984/Black Mirror vibe. The ending was slightly too open for my liking, though I imagine it was done so to allow the possibility of a sequel.
    Betty
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Review coming soon.
    Kath
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I have a few reservations about what I just read - you could at a push call them plot holes or inconsistencies - but I prefer the term niggles. But they were few in number and so I was able to accept and move on as the rest of what I read was easily good enough to make the effort for. Spoilers prevent me from going into detail - obviously.
    So, earth has survived the Slow and the Stop. These both refer to the earth's rotation on its axis, the thing that gives us day and night. Now it is static as
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    Breakaway Reviewers
    3 stars

    The world has slowed down and has finally stopped spinning which has left one half in permanent darkness and the other in permanent daylight. Although life can survive outside the dark zone there are very few decent places to live and these are restricted to the border zone where food can be grown.

    Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a rig, studying ocean currents, in the hope that her work will result in a way for more crops to be grown. It’s not a great life but it’s better than living
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    Jessica Gilmore
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    An intriguing, twisty dystopian thriller.

    In The Last Day, Hunter Murray takes us forty years into a terrifyingly real future. Climate change hasn’t wrecked the planet, instead thanks to an inopportune meteorite the earth is moved out of its orbit, no longer turning as it revolves around the sun. Half the planet is stuck in constant darkness, half in constant daylight. Even being on the light side of the planet doesn’t guarantee survival, many places have turned to arid desert, disposing millions
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    Paul
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Earth in the mid-21st century is a place of two extremes. When the planet slowed on its axis and finally came to a halt, half the world was left in 24 hours of direct sunlight and the other half is a frozen abyss. It is only the United Kingdom that has been able to survive because of its position on the globe after The Stop. It lies on the edge of both zones, an almost temperate zone where modified agriculture can be grown.

    Add to this world the conflicts of immigration, a totalitarian government
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    George1st
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    For his first novel Andrew Hunter Murray uses his imagination to depict a preeminent Britain, all powerful over other nations, able to dictate terms and subjugate the rest of the world to meet its will. Secure behind massive barriers it is able to use areas of North West Europe as a breadbasket. For this dramatic situation to arise it would take for the world to literally stop turning and Britain is very lucky indeed to avoid being plunged into either days of constant frozen nights or burning ...more
    John Glover
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    When a “rogue” white dwarf star passed dangerously close to Earth, The Earth has stopped rotating on its axis and left the planet half scorched in sunlight and half frozen in darkness, with humanity barely hanging on in the dim zone between the extremes. Forty years after the disaster, dubbed “the Stop,” Britain, is in the middle zone. Scientist Dr. Ellen Hopper conducts oceanic research on a rig in the North Sea, despite feeling her work is pointless. When Hopper is summoned to the deathbed of ...more
    John Glover
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    When a “rogue” white dwarf star passed dangerously close to Earth, The Earth has stopped rotating on its axis and left the planet half scorched in sunlight and half frozen in darkness, with humanity barely hanging on in the dim zone between the extremes. Forty years after the disaster, dubbed “the Stop,” Britain, is in the middle zone. Scientist Dr. Ellen Hopper conducts oceanic research on a rig in the North Sea, despite feeling her work is pointless. When Hopper is summoned to the deathbed of ...more
    Sue
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Earth has stopped rotating on its axis and 'lucky' Britain is one of the few places which remains habitable and able to grow some crops. Unfortunately a totalitarian government runs the country, and what is left of the population, with an iron rod - complete with curfews, secret police and hard labour for any infringement of the rules. One of the architects of the regime, who has since fallen out of favour, asks to see a former pupil and the book follows her harrowing journey of discovery ...more
    Joanne Cartwright
    This book completely took my breath away - for all the right reasons.
    A unique take on a dystopian future the planet has stopped turning leaving half the world in perpetual light and half in complete darkness. The world as we know it is changed forever with only Britain and parts of Europe being habitable. Refugees are turned away with extreme prejudice and criminals are now sent to grow crops as the new hard labour.
    Primarily this book makes you believe that this scenario could actually happen!
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    Nicola
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Last Day is a thriller set in a dystopian future, where the earth has stopped turning, leaving half the world in darkness and the other half in permanent light. My favourite aspect of this book was the brilliant story world that Andrew Hunter Murray has created. There are themes of corruption and cover ups by those in power; the ills and deprivation in society; and the sinister nature of state control, including the curbing of press freedom. I am familiar with many areas of London that ...more
    Librariann
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
    Another one of those books where I enjoyed the reading of it immensely - but after putting it down, realized that the whole premise is flawed. (view spoiler) ...more
    Heather
    Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019, dystopian, review
    I enjoy books set in a dystopian future, and this certainly put a new twist on the genre.
    It is set in 2059, the world’s spin has been slowing down since 2019 until it finally stopped spinning in 2029.
    Thus half the planet is now in permanent darkness, and half is in permanent sunshine, meaning the majority of Earth is uninhabitable.
    There is a small sliver where it is light and warm enough to support plant and human life, although there is permanent daylight, and Great Britain happens to inhabit
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    Amy Twigg
    I'm always a sucker for post apocalyptic fiction, so this was right up my alley! The story is less about the world ending, and more about the people who are left to cope with it.

    An original idea, with compelling characters. You'll buy into the world from page one, and want to follow Ellen on her journey til the end.

    Thank you to Random House UK and Netgalley for providing an advance read copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Mark
    Jan 04, 2020 added it
    DNF at 25%.

    I liked the premise here, and the writing was fine. But it just didn't really grab me and I'm being ruthless about setting books aside if they aren't floating my boat.

    May well work for others, as the writer clearly has talent, but like the earth in this tale, it was a bit too slow-moving.
    Frank Miceli
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
    While not a long book it took forever for something to actually happen. When the big reveal happened it felt rushed.
    Sandy Richter
    Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A really good read. Read like Bradbury’s F451 and Orwell’s 1984 put together. Fast plot development.
    Sarah
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.5 rounded up. Full review coming on the British Fantasy Society reviews page!
    Joey
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fantasy
    Like nothing I've read before this novel is both a warning of what may happen and a token of hope for humanity. Well written, hard to put down and definitely leaves you wanting more.
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    Andrew Hunter Murray is a writer from London. His first novel, The Last Day, is a high-concept thriller set in a world whose rotation has slowed to a halt. The Last Day will be published in the UK and USA in February 2020 by Penguin Random House.

    For ten years, Andrew has been one of the writers and researchers behind the BBC show QI. He is one of the co-hosts of QI’s spin-off podcast, No Such
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