The Last Day
THE WORLD HAS STOPPED TURNING. THE HUNT HAS JUST BEGUN.
It is 2059, and ...more
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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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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.
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 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 ...more
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 ...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
The horror is quiet and not in your face, rather a creeping build up of atrocities that you discover over time. ...more
Add to this world the conflicts of immigration, a totalitarian government ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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