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The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-releases

*Genre* Dystopian
*Rating* 5.0


It has been one hundred years since the outbreak of a virus that turned humans into the Inferi Scourge (zombies). The survivors now live in what’s called the Bastion which was supposed to be humanities new Garden of Eden. It hasn’t lived up to that billing. Time after time attempts have been made to push the Inferi back so that they can close the gates and residents of the Bastion can claim land that was supposed to be fertile for their crops. Residents are now forced to deal with roll backs in electricity and food shortages and patience is wearing thin.

Along comes a super-secret mission by the Science Warfare Division. One group of volunteers, including Vanguard Maria Martinez, is given the chance to walk among the Inferi for up to 6 months without being attacked. In essence, they are all injected with the virus that makes the Inferi and for all intents and purposes they become a different breed of the Inferi. This mission is supposed to give the SWD time to rid the valley of all the Inferi and close the gates once and for-all. Yet, not everything is as straight forward as the volunteers are led to believe.

The Last Bastion of the Living is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The story is a combination of Science Fiction and Horror which I totally gobble up like the last piece of cherry cheesecake! My favorite character throughout this story is Maria Martinez. She’s a character that you will totally fall in love with and root for from the first moment you meet her until the last chapter of the book.

Maria, without even thinking about the consequences, volunteers for the SWD mission to rid the valley of the Inferi. She firmly believes in the idea that she can finally live in peace without having to wake up in the morning and worry about the rolling blackouts and the food shortages. Her one constant companion is Castellan Dwayne Reichardt for whom she fell in love after the last mission to close the gates went badly and they both barely survived.

The romance is well written even without any sex scenes to spoil the story. Maria and Dwayne form a unique bond that is steeped in secrecy and respect for each other. Even though there is a major age factor between the characters, I didn’t feel that this was a negative connotation to the story. In fact, it made the romance even more amazing and appealing for me to follow and enjoy. The ending is sheer brilliance if I may say so. Seriously, you can’t think this stuff up! Well, Rhiannon can!

For those who have followed Frater’s other zombie series “As the World Dies” you have come to expect a certain type of world building and awesome characters. The Last Bastion doesn’t lessen that expectation. In fact, it actually makes you want more!

The one constant for The Last Bastion, is that Rhiannon writes her female characters to be flawed, yet up to each and every fight they are forced to fight. They’re not week kneed Mary Sue types who run at the first sign of trouble or cry at the drop of a hat. Maria’s character actually grows from the prologue to the ending. She understands the situation she has been placed in and doesn’t bemoan that fact.

Final thought, if you enjoy authors like Brad Thor and James Rollins, you will seriously love this book. Rhiannon has done her research and had her facts checked when it came to the military aspect of this story. Great job!

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Reading Progress

April 6, 2012 – Shelved
April 19, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012-releases
May 19, 2012 – Started Reading
May 19, 2012 –
17.0% "Chapter 6"
May 20, 2012 –
page 105
28.0% "Chapter 10"
May 20, 2012 –
page 203
54.13% "Chapter 19 - this shit is getting wacked."
May 21, 2012 –
70.0% "Chapter 26 - This is so damn good! Trying to slow down so I don't miss a thing."
May 21, 2012 – Finished Reading

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