The Last Day
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Add to this world the conflicts of immigration, a totalitarian government ...more
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! ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more