The Last by Hanna Jameson #BookReview

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BREAKING: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington
BREAKING: London hit, thousands feared dead.
BREAKING: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm.

Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the world ended. More than anything he wishes he hadn’t ignored his wife Nadia’s last message.

Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city, they wait, they survive.

Then one day, the body of a girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer…

As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what happens if the killer doesn’t want to be found?

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This is definitely a case of it’s not you, it’s me. Honestly, I’m probably not the best reader for this type of novel.. I didn’t even see any episode of The Walking Dead so safe to say that my interest in learning how to survive after a world apocalypse was rather small to start with. I really thought I was getting a locked-in murder mystery which was the reason I was excited to read The Last but that isn’t really what this book is about. The so-called investigation is actually near to non-existent and between all the other stuff that’s happening it’s only mentioned now and again until an amazing new revelation at the very end of the novel shines a light on who it might be.

What it actually is about is the survival of 20 individuals after they become isolated from the rest of the world. They’re a diverse bunch of people, coming from different countries, with different ages, families and single people too, everyone is pretty much represented. Existential questions like death, God etc were examined which was interesting and I thought it would be fascinating to see how people would react to the news they were probably the last people on earth. Sadly though, that extra fresh touch that I thought I would find here wasn’t really there, it all felt kind of predictable… some people are cowards and most of them are selfish, threatening and turning on each other, what else is new?

It wasn’t all that imaginative for me but I can’t really tell you what would be satisfying. I think I would have preferred it more if the novel had more of a The Last Man on Earth feel to it. Every society, and definitely a new one like this is of course prone to conflict and a difference of opinion. But even then and with the remote setting as an extra incentive I didn’t feel as much intensity as I wanted to.

I just want to finish by saying that I sincerely hope the world doesn’t come to an end because it doesn’t look good if you survive ;-). If you don’t believe me, you should read the novel :-).

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

44 thoughts on “The Last by Hanna Jameson #BookReview

  1. Sorry it was a fail! For me too! I read it a few weeks ago, and found it so depressing and it just fell flat for me. The premise was so promising….guess we can’t love them all.

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  2. Great review, Inge. Sorry to hear that this one didn’t quite meet your expectations though. I have only read one apocalyptic book, The Last One. It was good. You have made me curious about Last Man on Earth though.

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  3. Sometimes, books are just not meant to be. Great and honest review Inge. PS. I am also sincerely hoping that the world is not coming to an end anytime soon as my survival skills are pretty much non-existent! 😉

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  4. This sounds like a book I should be reading for my SciFiMonth challenge, except, it sounds as boring as hell. I’m like you, I think I would have welcomed the murder-mystery aspect more so than reading (again) about people surviving the apocalypse. It’s all been done before.

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  5. Ah, man… I’m with you on this one. I wasn’t a big fan either, and found it quite boring for most of the time. I’m glad they solved the murder eventually but even that seemed a bit random…


  6. Great, balanced review! I read this as an end of the world novel and really enjoyed it, but that’s very much my thing. I can see that if you were reading it as a And Then There Were None type novel that it wouldn’t really do it for you – that part of the story was definitely not the focus.

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  7. Oh no! Such a shame it didn’t live up to expectations… I’ve been eyeing this one ever since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. I feel a little less bad about not being able to request it now. 😉 Fab review!

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  8. Thanks for your honesty, I remember u telling me about this book but when I saw the reviews I figured it would be something super different… I ended up not requesting it and I think I’ll pass!

    Great review!

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  9. Damn, the blurb promised quite something… I mean to have all these big cities falling and then, well, in comparison, a murder amongst the survivors- could have made for some who dunnit scenario here! It’s like- dud, why you go about killing people? The world is literally being bombed to hell!
    Sorry, this missed the mark, but I always think that those types of books come to our life for a reason… How else would we be able to tell that the really good books are really good? 🙂

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  10. I’m always excited when a blogger I know gives a negative review, especially if it was something I actually liked. 😁 I think it’s probably because it’s exciting how the same thing seemed so different to different people. (And also because it’s so often the other way round: people rave about books I disliked). I liked the book. I understand your critics of it and I also saw there moments that I didn’t like, but overall I liked it. I especially liked the voice of the narrator and the way the book ended. These two things felt very realistic to me.

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    • I’m always curious to see what didn’t work for someone else as well and how I felt about the points raised by them. I guess you’re already more drawn to the whole apocalypse idea and how the world would or could function afterwards? I don’t really like any fantasies so it’s not really something that I’m feeling inclined to think about.. I’ll see it when it happens :-). I’m happy you liked it so much though.. they could make even a sequel I think!


      • Nope, it’s actually my first novel on this topic and I was told it’s not the best there is. I wouldn’t survive through a book about a zombie apocalypse, but this “Scotland is gone!” is quite intriguing. Although, I love Scotland. Should have chosen another example.

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    • You should check on Goodreads if there’s not a discussion running already.. or do a blogpost yourself? I don’t know if I have anything interesting to add then but I might try ;-). The first issue would already be the division between staying or going. Would you stay or go?


      • Hm… You actually came up with the one I haven’t thought of! Can we discuss it here, with spoilers I mean? I was actually shocked about another decision. As for staying or going, I’d try to keep calm and think first, which would mean staying, at least in the beginning. What about you?

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      • Maybe best not with spoilers, maybe DM me on Twitter.. you’re making me curious now about what other decision. As for the staying/going dilemma, being me irl it would definitely be staying if it’s not so bad but thinking logically for someone else I’d say go, go and try to find a good place, find other people, find food so you don’t starve to death :-).


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