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The Last Human

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,888 ratings  ·  374 reviews
Most days, Sarya doesn't feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. Most days, she's got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn't casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again.

And most days, she can almost accept that she'll n
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Del Rey Books (first published March 22nd 2020)
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Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
The Last Human is a futuristic sci-fi featuring Sarya, the last Human in the universe, and the adoptive daughter of a dangerous, aggressive, quick to destroy, Shenya the Widow, a giant beetle-ish creature. Sarya has been living under a false identity ever since she was found by Shenya but their luck has run out, as she has been discovered by a bounty hunter. All hell breaks out when Shenya puts an end to the bounty hunter's quest, and Sarya is on the run, with the help of a cast of characters th ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Any and every arachnophobes' fav.

The end was too... I dunno... weirdish? Grandiose with a real, bona fide grandstanding? Nah...

Does every sub-legal intelligence harbor secret desires and motivations? (c)
And that is that: another trans-species child-rearing triumph. (c)
[My love and greatest treasure. My child, for whom I would gladly die. Open this door before I cut it out of the station wall.] (c) Sounds like some moms I know!
Back before Shenya the Widow ever dreamed of calling this on
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Stephenson
The Last Human is an intriguing sci-fi debut that has a serious case of over-reach. When I began it, I knew nothing except the blurb and that it knocked my friend Geoff’s mind sideways, and I looked forward to the experience. I would agree in that the first third was riveting, the second third interesting, although completely different, and the remaining section a bit too esoteric for my tastes.

One of the initial catchy concepts is the interplay of adopted culture between Shenya the Widow, “a vo
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately hooked on the concept of an enormous galaxy-wide Network of aliens living and cooperating ... but fearing one species above all else: Humans. You know... because we break things. Get all tribal and s**t. We like to exploit weaknesses in others and lord over their spoils because we're a**holes.

Turns out, our main character is the last of this dastardly breed, growing up small in a huge network of Dyson Spheres with countless old alien species categorized in a hierarchy based on
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, 2020, cyber, space, aliens
I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.

So this is sci-fi set in the far future where humans caused a bunch of trouble for all the other known alien worlds, and after being driven to the brink of extinction they are still the most hated and feared species in the galaxy.

I can’t fault that story logic.

Sarya is the last known human living under a false identity with the protection of her adoptive mother, Shenya the Widow. (It’s kind of like having the queen from Aliens as a parent
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picture it!
We are in the future. There is a galaxies-spanning network of alien races, all working together. What links them is the Network. It translates, allows FTL travel etc. In this future, humans no longer exist. They have been deemed too dangerous and were eradicated.
Why though? Was it because we're violent and always prey on the weak instead of collaborating on a huge scale? Was it because we were too stupid compared to these other species? Or maybe we just liked to not become a member o
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarya is the last human, or so she supposes, and her true identity has been hidden. She was adopted by Shenya the Widow, a member of a particularly scary and ferocious species. The Widow is especially dangerous if you wake her up or try to harm her daughter. I liked the world that the author created in this book. Most species are linked into the Network that ensures tranquility among species. Each species is ranked by its intelligence. Sarya is ranked at a low level, but as her journey in the bo ...more
The Captain
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

I was so excited to be granted a wish to read this book.  The blurb is awesome.  A young human girl, Sarya, is being raised by her adopted mother who happens to be a killer giant black widow spider like thing.  Only Sarya has to keep her identity hidden because she is the last human and humans are considered to be space's most dangerous and terrifying species.  P
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2.5 Hearts

Last Human started off as Ron Weasley’s worst nightmare. The very last human in the universe was raised by a huge spider, a Black Widow to be more precise. You can see Ron shuddering right now can’t you. This is a tale of the lost human species, a strange hive mind creature, a mish mash space crew and a huge network mind
This debut space opera was lots of fun for me. Some thrilling action in the first half and thoughtful philosophical interludes on human limitations and free will in the later parts. Lots of quirky characters, both aliens and artificial intelligences, and good doses of humor for comic relief.

A sulky bored teenaged girl on a space station colony, Sarya, gets drawn into an attempt to save the galaxy from an overmind behind the vast “Network” connecting over a million intelligent species across a b
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It begins really well and maintains momentum for over half the book. There are points where I was genuinely and nicely surprised at some of the plot twists. It falls apart slowly, though not completely. It reaches its logical (though incorrect) philosophical conclusion. 
What kept this from being a better review was that the author sacrificed his story for his philosophical musings. What kept it from being worse was how well he began.

This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own.
Sue Burke
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I received an advance copy from the publisher to see if I’d like to write a blurb for the cover. It sounded like a fun book, and it was, so here’s my blurb: “Brimming with sly humor, intelligence, and big ideas.”

Let me say a bit more about the novel. You can read the summary here at Goodreads or elsewhere, and it’s accurate. A young human finds out why she’s the last of her kind, which leads her on a long, strange adventure to learn what she can do about it.

I especially enjoyed
Karen’s Library
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I typically love space operas and have read some really good hard sci-fi books.

With that said, for most of The Last Human, I had no idea what I was reading. There were some really good parts about Sarya the Daughter and her adopted mother, and Sarya with her friend, Eleven, the spacesuit. But that’s really all that stands out. The rest was nonsensical to me.

I started wanting to DNF this at about 1/3 in. But I just didn’t want to admit that I didn’t get it so I kept trudging through. At 50% I too
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Sarya the daughter is the Last Human in the galaxy. She spends her days on Watertower Station with her adopted mother, think something akin to a Black Widow spider named Shenya the Widow. When she is recognized, Sarya's world begins to crumble, creating a chain of events that may vary well destroy the galaxy.

This is a well written book that falls short for me in the end. The writing, world building, and imagery are amazing. The author puts you in each scene he creates. However, at the midway po
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This is a difficult book for me to review because of my conflicting feelings about the experience of reading it. It is well-written, original and imaginative, a space opera about existence millions of years in the future where life is organized by The Network, where species apply for citizenship and are assigned a level in the 'tiers' by their intelligence.

Sarya the Daughter is supposedly the last human (a universally-hated species), but her adoptive mother, Shenya the Widow (think the Alien mo
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap - what a ride. One of the things you can get from SF is a real sense of wonder from ideas and the realization that there are things way, way, way bigger than yourself. Despite a somewhat slow (but still entertaining) start, this book is that sense of wonder distilled, purified, and then slammed directly into your prefrontal cortex. So, wonder-crack? Yes - this book is wonder-crack. Entertaining and perspective-giving with a side of empathy and garnishes of game theory, horror, and humo ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, 1audio, 2fiction
I'm not surprised to find this is the first book by this author. It had that feel. A lot of really interesting, often innovative, ideas & some great action, but it sagged fairly frequently with too much explanation. Still, it kept my interest & I liked where it wound up. I can't say that it all made sense to me, but that was OK since it was supposed to push the boundaries of mere human intelligence. Definitely worth reading, very well narrated, & this is an author to watch in the future. It's no ...more
Umairah | Sereadipity
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

The Last Human was a space opera set in a galaxy where the most feared species were Humans due to their destructive natures. In all honesty, I found it quite disappointing: the first half of the book was rather intriguing but that interest was promptly demolished by the second half.

Plot: 1/5
Characters: 2.5/5
Writing: 3.5/5

The story followed a young Human called Sarya who was raised by Shenya the Widow (Widows being one of the many alien species in the book). She was trying to hide her
Zoe  Ysabella
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book follows Sarya, the last human, as she learns that perhaps she is not the last human, and goes on a whirlwind adventure to find the rest of her species. She lives in The Network which connects billions of species together across space, and throughout the book wrestles with the idea of order and chaos in the universe, and if The Network itself is good.

I liked maybe the first half. I thought the idea was really interesting, and Sarya's relationship to her adopted mother, was sweet and inf
Nicole Chinnici
Zack Jordan’s debut novel The Last Human is science fiction with an intriguing premise. I’m just not sure it entirely worked for me.

The basic idea is that this is a world in which hundreds of alien species of varying intelligences live but humans have been deemed too dangerous to exist. But the main character Sarya is human—the last human, in fact. And she doesn’t feel like she’s particularly dangerous. So what happened to humanity and how did she survive?

During the first two thirds of The Las
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, arc
One of the most fun writing prompts I've seen online is that "Humans are the most feared species in the galaxy due to our particular weirdness," and you can find a ton of hilarious snippets that run with it. Zack Jordan takes this thought in a more serious direction, imagining a galaxy where humans are deemed so dangerous that they have been completely wiped out (except for our plucky hero). We're not privy at first to how Sarya came to be the Last Human, adopted by a Widow, or what it was about ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

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This is a promising science fiction book that took a weird turn in the middle and went down hill from there. I was enjoying the book even though the premise was a bit weird, because, you know, I like weird - but only to a point. The author lost me about 60 percent into the book and I couldn't wait to finish it and be done with it.

Sarya is a human being raised by a fierce spider-like creature on a space station with a
Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Human by Zack Jordan is a unique debut space opera sci-fi novel. I really enjoyed how this started off, getting to know our titular character and the world of the story. The first fifty percent is a fun romp, but unfortunately the second half just wasn't for me. I almost quit reading at that point, but I figured I was much to far along to just give up then. If you're a fan of the genre, you may want to give it a try.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
THE LAST HUMAN by Zack Jordan is certainly an original, kind of unusual play on the space opera genre. Imagine being the last human in existence in the galaxy, the masses in dreaded fear of the unknown. That is where Sarya finds herself, hiding in plain sight, lost in a sea of aliens, the unknown and questions that bombard her thoughts. Is it true? Is she a monster? Is she really the last of a race thought to have died out long ago? With only her adoptive mother on her side, how will she travers ...more
This was fun, fast-paced space opera set in some unknown time and unknown galaxy where the universe and various alien species all live harmoniously together except for the humans or lack of. Interesting premise and a story that kept my full attention. Around the last third of the book I felt like some of the concepts were above my tier but overall I enjoyed the book. I received an advance copy from NetGalley.
Robin Bonne
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarya the Daughter becomes Sarya the Destroyer. I loved how the author slowly built up this scifi universe. The alien species were well developed and the tiered intelligence of them was an interesting concept and the agendas of the more intelligent tiers played out in ways I wasn’t expecting.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
This novel started of great but then went a bit sideways for the last half or so. The world building is original (to me anyway), the concept fascinating, the characters interesting and the writing is lovely. However, somewhere in the last half things got messy, the plot got lost, character interactions weren't particularly believable, no character development, and the addition of a lot of philosophical babbling. In short, it didn't really work for me. ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

*A SciFi debut that is a bit too quirky and self-aware*

SciFi has been a neglected genre on my reading list. So in an effort to read more of it as well as knock down my TBR backlog, I read The Last Human. While the story had a decent skeleton, I did not find anything dynamic about it.

Unfortunately, the story is written in present tense – which I hate. I truly have been making an effort to check the tense of books before adding them to my TBR list, buuuut that does nothing for the four-hun
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plus-2018
Took me a few days to wrap my head around The Last Human and my reaction to reading it. Pure science fiction is not my thing. And this book may have a zillion science fiction tropes that I have no clue about. At the same time, there was story telling that was... just gonna write it... delightful. Yep, no other word for it. I was delighted. There are problems here too. It's not a perfect book. But it's trippy and complex and excellent and deserving of high praise. If the description interests you ...more
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