Savvy Book – The Last

Well, I survived! I, Jay Cool, blogger extraordinaire, got to the end of Hanna Jameson’s, dystopian novel,  ‘The Last’ (available at Waterstones) and I’m still here!

I’m still here, but I’m pretty certain I won’t be the last to survive to tell the tale. This book is an absolute must-read; I was unable to think about anything else, or do anything else, until I’d got to the end of it.

The setting is post-apocalyptic, but that doesn’t exclude any readers from its audience. If you like stories about survival, murder, mystery, horror, ghosts, politics, drugs or, in fact, stories about anything, this should be your next read! It’s incredibly well-written by a supernaturally-intelligent author, at the same time as being easily accessible to a wide audience. Whether you finished your own education at 16, or went on to graduate from a University degree at 21+ something, you will devour this book.

And on the issue of devouring, if the printed word isn’t enough in itself to satiate your thirst, or your hunger, then do not fear – this tale has plenty to offer in terms of the slurping of juices, and the dicing and slicing of flesh! Curious? Got your wine glass and cutlery ready? Join Jameson! Try a sip of her ‘dead-body marinade’ before making yourself useful, by throwing in your lot (i.e. your knife and fork) with the other survivors – as they dig up the dead!

For the would-be grave raiders amongst you, I leave you (almost) with the words of Jon, Jameson’s main character:

‘I rammed the shovel into the soil, leaned on it, and I met resistance.’ (p.297)

And leave you completely with a piece of my Coolest advice: Do not resist! Make your purchase from Waterstones, and dig, dig, dig ….


Copyright owned by Jay Cool, October 2019

Image by engin akyurt from Pixabay

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from Waterstones for each purchase made via one of my links.


Other book reviews by Jay Cool:

Savvy Book – The Familiars

Savvy Book – Melmoth

Serious Book – The Narrow Road …



Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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