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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  71 reviews
A visionary and powerful debut thriller set in a terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future--with clear parallels to today's headlines--in which the future of humanity lies in the hands of one woman, a scientist who has stumbled upon a secret that the government will go to any lengths to keep hidden


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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Dutton Books
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    Release date: Feb 04, 2020
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    Andrew Smith
    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
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


    This book is a dystopian thriller set in a world that quite simply has stopped spinning, this has caused half the world to be in constant light and half in constant dark and life chaotic in the few places where humans can now survive

    The best place due to its geography is the UK but even here it is perilous after years of temperature changes and, well, basically everything we take for granted being eroded and is now a challenge

    Some of the UK is now sectioned off and is America and Europe is
    The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by AB Endacott

    When I first heard about The Last Day, I was intrigued. The debut from Andrew Hunter Murray who, among many other things, is a QI Elf, is set in a world where, ‘forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet’s rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night.’ It seems an interesting premise; especially given the setting in Britain, a country which once
    Liz Barnsley
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    It is 2059 and the world has stopped rotating, leaving half of the planet in frozen, perpetual darkness and turning the other half into a scorching dessert. Britain has emerged due to luck of the draw as the world’s new super power. It now occupies the only sliver of the earth that is habitable because it just so happened to be in the right location when the earth stopped for good. Ellen Hopper is a scientist that works on a offshore rig in the Northern Atlantic studying ocean currents. She has ...more
    An entertaining post-apocalyptic/dystopian thriller set in Britain. There are some great ideas and concepts in this novel and it certainly has an intriguing plot. However, I've given this 3 and not 4 stars because I wasn't able to engage with the characters as much as I would have liked (making the novel hard to get into) and the plot isn't suspenseful, so the reveal had little impact. Nevertheless, a good premise and a fun read. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
    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.
    The year 2059, earth had stopped rotating so one half saw the burning sun and the other, frozen night. Only a twilit region could survive.

    Britain was the only safe country which had survived, but it had closed its borders to all. People were trying to survive a harsh world in poverty making use of few resources. One such person was Ellen Hopper who received a message from her professor to meet with him. Therein lay the adventure when Ellen traveled to places to know the biggest secret.

    My first
    Margaret Schoen
    This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss.

    Just couldn't finish this one. Murray does a slow build to explaining the premise: the earth's rotation has stopped and now some parts of the world are stuck in eternal day, others in eternal night, which led to the complete breakdown of society, except not really because we're about 30-40 years in, and in the parts of the world that are still in somewhat sun everything is basically ok? There's still electric power, and food being produced, and society
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Frank Miceli
    While not a long book it took forever for something to actually happen. When the big reveal happened it felt rushed.
    Liz B
    Great setting and world-building. Great bad guys, some fantastic reveals and surprises--altogether a fun read.

    And yet....would I read another by this author? Mayyyybe. Life is short and there are a lot of books out there. The door was left open for a potential sequel, which would interest me. I can't really put my finger on what I didn't love--anything I would critique is really just a quibble. (Like, why is the protagonist "Hopper" and not "Ellen"? And doesn't she get away a little too easily a
    Vikki Patis
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    This book sucked me in! It is so fucking depressing but so good! I could not stop. Needed to listen is snippets because it was too much as times. Great Climate-Fiction.
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Review coming soon.
    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
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This debut apocalyptic thriller features a dystopian society set in a futuristic Great Britain, the last remaining habitable country on a planet that slowed its orbit to a dead stop. Thirty years after the slowing began, the earth's remaining population now resides only in the area of continual sunlight with temperatures that are able to allow the production of food and the continuation of human life. Things are not good in this new world order and only those who are towing the political line, ...more
    Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
    Set in the scarily-near future, the earth has stopped turning. Half of the planet is in darkness (including Australia, so I guess I'm dead) whilst half burns to a crisp. There is a slim habitable region left on the planet which happens to include England (and some of Europe). This is all thanks to a white dwarf star (one that is the size of the earth but two hundred thousand times as dense) that suffered a supernova explosion and travelled at two thousand kilometres a second, skimmed past our ...more
    It’s not often I read dystopian fiction, a bit wary that I won’t like it, but I’m glad to say that I was fascinated by The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray. I’m not sure about the plausibility of the concept but I was gripped by the story of a world coming to an end and the effects that had on the planet and the population.

    A white dwarf star, the size of earth but two hundred thousand times as dense had barrelled through space, and travelling at two thousand kilometres a second its trajectory
    Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray is a recommended dystopian thriller set in 2059.

    The earth has stopped rotating, leaving half the world in perpetual light and the other in darkness. Great Britain is lucky enough to be in a narrow habitable region and is now a totalitarian nation with closed borders. A small section of land has been given to the United States for colonization. Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a rig in the Atlantic, studying ocean currents. When two government officials
    Elite Group
    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
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book reminded me of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, where Earth is slowing down on its axis & days or nights are becoming longer.
    In The Last Day the Slow has become a stop and the Earth has set in a position that leaves dark zones, light zones and a sweet zone, where as it became clear what was happening, the superpower countries made provisions for what was to come, a mass migration.
    Britain had a new minister come to the front making the hard decision to cordon off the
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I thought the idea behind The Last Day was creative genius. What would happen if the Earth stopped rotating leaving part of the planet exposed to the sun, and lit, 24/7 whilst the rest of the planet is in darkness and frozen? Here, the Slow (diminished rotation) and the Stop (the end of planetary rotation) have occurred and Britain is now the epicenter of constant sunlight. Essentially, the only country still run like a country, without civil unrest, though it's mostly a dictatorship. Ellen ...more
    Susan Hampson
    Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    The Year is 2059 and most of our planet is dead, along with the majority of the population. The big shock for me had been that we hadn't been the cause of the world disaster that had happened but there was time for us still to mess up and finish the job, we are far from being fast learners.
    Britain had survived while almost half the plant sat in frozen darkness permanently while almost the other half was in the permanent scorching sun after the earth stopped rotating. Ellen Hooper worked off the
    Jessica Gilmore
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Annabelle Heath
    The main concept here is a really interesting one - the idea that the world could stop turning and that only small bands of it would remain inhabitable. I'm a fan of clever post-apocalyptic fiction that imagines how humanity can carry on after a disaster, but while I love zombies as much as the next girl, this feels fresh and new and different to anything else I've read in the genre.

    The horror is quiet and not in your face, rather a creeping build up of atrocities that you discover over time.
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    And so we find Britain ruled by a Prime Minister who will stop at nothing to achieve his ambitions, a Britain that is determined to be as isolationist as possible whilst taking stock and rebuilding an empire hoping the glories of Albion will be once more. Isn't it fortunate that this is only fiction!!

    The year is 2059 and the world has stopped turning leaving Britain in the fortunate position of being in the habitable zone. The PM is busy ruling the roost re-establishing slavery and defending the
    Teresa Cornelius
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray
    This novel was an unusual but very interesting choice for me. I usually read literary fiction, thrillers of historical novels and so this departure into a dystopian novel set in the future was intriguing. It is set in the year 2059 in a world where thirty years ago the Earth stopped rotating so half the world is living in perpetual darkness. England is located where it is far enough from the perpetual sun to be habitable.
    The main character is Ellen Hopper who
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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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