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The Last Thing I Remember

(The Homelanders #1)

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Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare.

He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things--working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 26th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published April 2nd 2009)
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Olivia Definitely! I'm almost 13 and it was great. Nothing inappropriate at all, and no swearing whatsoever. That's one reason why I loved them so much.…moreDefinitely! I'm almost 13 and it was great. Nothing inappropriate at all, and no swearing whatsoever. That's one reason why I loved them so much. (less)

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m a r y l i z
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
SOMEONE GET ME THE NEXT BOOK STAT.

This was good. Really good. (I totally did not stay up till 1:45 am reading this. Noooooope.)

I actually started reading this a couple years ago...but I got distracted. *coughity cough* So when a friend of mine (you know who you are ;D) recommended this to me, I decided to give it another try.

It took me a while to get into this book. (A while being 180 pages. :P) But once I did, I was hooked. I tore through the rest of the book last night in record time.

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Wisteriouswoman
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've read this year! I not only loved that fact that it was an unpredictable mystery but that it dealt with moral issues.
Charlie's friend who is very disillusioned with life says to him 'You think, work hard, pray to God, respect your parents, love America, and everything'll be great .'

This is a key point. Things aren't great at all but Charlie has a moral compass and uses that along with the wise words of the people that have guided him in the past to navigate the
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Micaiah
AH THE ENDING. *is contemplating reading book two* Honestly I wasn't going to, but now...I'm curious. I enjoyed this, but there were moments I didn't. The writing bothered me a little and, although a lot happened, it wasn't very fast-paced (or just didn't feel like it was). I liked it, though! Charlie is a good MC and the plot is intriguing. I might even recommend this to my little bro. ...more
Jerry
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! This is the kind of story that grabs you and just doesn't let go! Glad I have the rest of the series on hand!
Josiah
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is what I like to see. Fast-paced action, a twist or two to put us off balance just when we think we've figured everything out, and bold philosophical independence that infuses the text with purpose and character. Andrew Klavan's The Last Thing I Remember kicks off a series that could get even better as the author hones his writing for the young-adult set. No time is wasted before pushing us into the middle of the action as Charlie West wakes up alone in a room, tied to a chair, his torso ...more
Thomas
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
Charlie West is the all-around good kid. At seventeen-years-old, he has achieved quite a lot in life and lives in a pretty good household. He has a black belt, acquires decent grades, and already knows what he wants to do when he grows up. Sure, his mom can be a little over-protective and his dad doesn't listen to him sometimes, but that's okay. That is until he wakes up in a torture room. Strapped to a chair. And with no recollection of an entire year. Later on, Charlie learns that in the past ...more
Mikayla
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I sat down and read this all in one day. I loved the suspense, and the spiritual content (even though there wasn't a ton).
I did get annoyed at how Charlie doesn't really like anyone. I mean, he pegs them all as annoying or shallow. Except, of coarse, Beth. Also, I am a U.S. patriot, but I think this book took it a bit far. The author made it sound like America could do no wrong, and we practically made sure the world turned. *Gag*
But, I did love how clean the book was. Charlie was a cool main
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Seth
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Last Thing I Remember is about as suspenseful as the Griffin (a roller coaster at Busch Gardens) is when it is sitting at the top of the 90 degree drop.

Andrew Klavan did a wonderful job writing The Last Thing I Remember. He leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter, which I love. The story takes place in present day, when a boy named Charlie West wakes up strapped to a metal chair. He doesn't know how he got there, who the guys in the hallway were, or how long he has been there. He is
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Kiirsi Hellewell
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Once I got past the first chapter or two, this book really took off--and I loved it! Quite the exciting page-turning thrill ride until the very last page. I loved the crazy-making sense of mystery. I loved Charlie's character, too. It was so refreshing to have an older teen boy protagonist who had such strong faith, morals, values, and love of his country and liberty. The karate was so fun, too! My son is currently taking karate and I really enjoyed all the details and the philosophies of a ...more
Marya
Jul 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen-thrillers
"I don't know who these guys are, or what they want, but I'm going to stop them". Ok, so this quote is from the movie trailer of Abducted, but I think it really reflects the vibe of the first 50 pages of this book (which is all I could stomach). The main character is supposed to be some ass-kicking agent with top secret jobs and he's only 17 years old, though he's conveniently forgotten that. I thought it was annoying when every teen book I read is from a whiny self-described loser's ...more
Rissa
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-in-2019
The last thing I remember
He was a normal kid. Going to school to do a karate demo but then he wakes up beaten and bloody strapped down to a table. He has to use his skills to fight his way out and figure out why these people want him dead.

Although the writing was simply put it was still enjoyable and I read this years ago and forgot everything so it was like reading it for the first time again which was nice but also disappointing. It dragged on and besides Charlie the characters were bland
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Cooper Nguyen
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was amazing, I loved how there was a preview before the beginning of the book started and there was so much action and fighting.
Abigail
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was non-stop action. Hard to put down. I liked it and I'm definitely gonna be reading the next one.
JonathanT
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THIS SERIES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS OF EVER. Honestly I think it’s mostly just because I read this before I knew much about writing- because the flaws are there, and many of them are glaring. But still. This is so, so good.

Basically it’s about a teenage guy who loses a bunch of his memory. Then he wakes up in a terrorist base and has to figure out why he’s there, what happened in the time he forgot, etc. Sound brilliant? THAT’S BECAUSE IT IS 100% BRILLIANT.

I love the plot. I love it to
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Jane
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Someone compared this to the TV series "24," only for teens. That's not a bad comparison. Non-stop action, inextricable crises that the hero somehow extricates himself from, and barely time to catch your breath before the next hopeless disaster strikes. Our hero, Charlie West, stands apart from many teen protagonists in that he is openly, but not heavy-handedly, a practicing Christian. His faith is such an integral part of him that he doesn't need to get preachy about it. Nor does it stop him ...more
Heather
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Charlie went to bed with a grin, staring at the phone number Beth had written on the back of his hand that afternoon at school. Charlie woke up beaten, burned and cut, strapped to a chair in a room filled with torture devices....a year later. What happened in that year? The police say Charlie killed his best friend, was tried and went to prison only to escape a few months into his sentence. A stranger with a familiar face says Charlie's a Homelander, an American terrorist recruited by Islamic ...more
Alyssa
Dec 08, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Sorry guys, but I couldn't finish this one. I think that I stopped at about page 180ish. I was just very annoyed with the characters, I didn't like the writing, I found it very boring, and everything was very cliche. So I may finish at some other point, but not soon.

And this is my first DNF in six years, and I've only had one other DNF before that.
notyourfriend
It. Was. GREAT!!!!! Crazy story and non-stop twists!
Hannah Rodriguez
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well that was good.
(Longer review later?)
Dani
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book started off slow. It had a promising start-a gritty suspenseful adventure maybe.A kid tied to the chair, having been tortured and not having any idea about what was going on is a good start for any book. Sounds like a good read to me. WRONG.

The author all through the first 100 pages kept lamenting for the poor kid. Yeah, the scenario sucks and yes the kid would wish to be back in the life he took for granted, however with a start off that good and such a promise for action I wouldn’t
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Anastasia Antony
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star
Lauren
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Action packed and full of suspense! Andrew Klavan definitely knows how to write a page turner.

Charlie West ends up beaten and bloody strapped to a chair and doesn't know how he got there. Every few chapters are flashes of the last things he remembers. I can't wait to read the next book and see how the rest of his story plays out!
serena482*
Wow!!!!! This book is amazing! I borrowed it from my cousins. Then I started reading it at around 10 o'clock at night, and read till 3 o'clock in the morning. By then I was about 3\4 the way though already. I was actually stunned. Like I'm reading and all of a sudden I look down and I'm like what in the world how am I that far through! :D :D Then I finished it after a little while the next day. So all together I finished it in about..........8 hour. Way less than a day! It was THAT good!!! The ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

How can a reader possibly pass on a book with a first line like this one: "Suddenly I woke up strapped to a chair?" THE LAST THING I REMEMBER is non-stop action from start to finish.

Seventeen-year-old Charlie West goes to sleep one night, and the next thing he knows, he wakes up battered and bloody just over a year later. He tries to piece together the memories of his last day as he sits strapped to a chair. He remembers getting up,
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Brendan
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who have nothing more important they could be doing.
Charlie West is not having a good day.
Sheesh. He wakes up this morning, bloody and bruised, strapped to a chair and surrounded by gory instruments of torture. Not to mention the lack of coffee.
Then he escapes from a prison-like building only to fall headfirst into a twelve-foot deep hole. What's with that, huh?
West is a strapping young gentleman. He gets good grades and he has a black belt in karate. And he's been accused of murder.
Well, nobody's perfect, I guess.
The thing is, Charlie doesn't
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Molly's Sister
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love the USA and like a good action packed story
Recommended to Molly's Sister by: My mom
I love this book! Aside from good writing, intriguing plot, etc., what I found the most compelling thing about this book is that Charlie West is a good kid.
There's so many books out there for teenagers where the main characters have, to put it bluntly, lives that stink.
These authors write these books that are full of angst and the main characters have family problems, drug problems, problems at school, etc.
and these books get praised because "they're easy to relate to".
I hate books like that.
Now
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Kami
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read The Last Thing I Remember to see if I could recommend this book to some of the boys in my sixth grade class. The back cover makes it sound more horrific than it is, and the action will definitely grab them. I think that students will really enjoy the pace of the plot, and the main character. Charlie West is a martial arts black belt who wakes up one day strapped down to a chair where he had clearly been tortured. The rest of the plot is something like The Fugitive, where he has to clear ...more
Edilson Gomes
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I am a slow reader. It usually takes me a couple of weeks or even months to finish a book, but with this book it was different. As soon as I started reading it, it captured my attention, and I just didn't want to stop turning the pages. "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or pretty-never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." ...more
Hannah K
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marty-s-kid
Just finished this last night, and I highly recommend. The writing didn't stand out to me as exceptional, but on the other hand I didn't think it was poorly written either. I think I was just so caught up in the story. Really great plot here. Great chase scenes, great suspense. Funny, too. Another great 'guy' book that's wholesome and thought-provoking and just plain fun. I can't wait to read the next book!
Aerykah
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great series! The story never slowed down, never got boring and it kept my full attention from start to finish.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes these kinds of books -- Christian Young Adult, Action, Suspense, Mystery. But then, I'm not a big fan of YA books and I absolutely loved these!
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