The Last

The Last

Hanna Jameson / May 22, 2019

The Last Breaking Nuclear weapon detonates over WashingtonBreaking London hit thousands feared deadBreaking Munich and Scotland hit World leaders call for calmHistorian Jon Keller is on a trip to Switz

  • Title: The Last
  • Author: Hanna Jameson
  • ISBN: 0241349176
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Breaking Nuclear weapon detonates over WashingtonBreaking London hit, thousands feared deadBreaking Munich and Scotland hit World leaders call for calmHistorian Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends As the lights go out on civilization, he wishes he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia and their two daughters are still alive More than any Breaking Nuclear weapon detonates over WashingtonBreaking London hit, thousands feared deadBreaking Munich and Scotland hit World leaders call for calmHistorian Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends As the lights go out on civilization, he wishes he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia and their two daughters are still alive More than anything, Jon wishes he hadn t ignored Nadia s last message.Twenty people remain in Jon s hotel Far from the nearest city and walled in by towering trees, they wait, they survive.Then one day, the body of a young 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 kind of justice can he hope for, when society as he knows it no longer exists Get A Copy Kindle Store CAOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover Published January 31st 2019 by Viking More Details ISBN 0241349176 ISBN13 9780241349175 Edition Language English Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Last by Hanna Jameson Author Release date Apr 09, 2019 Enter for the chance to WIN one of ten advance reader s copies of THE LAST by Hanna Jameson For fans of high concept thrillers such as Annihilation a Enter for the chance to WIN one of ten advance reader s copies of THE LAST by Hanna Jameson For fans of high concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war along with twenty other survivors who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel s water tanks Jon thought he had all the time in the world to respond to his wife s text message I miss you so much I feel bad about how we left it Love you But as he s waiting in the lobby of the L Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland after an academic conference, still mulling over how to respond to his wife, he receives a string of horrifying push notifications Washington, DC has been hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, then London, and finally Berlin That s all he knows before news outlets and social media goes black and before the clouds on the horizon turn orange Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Not From a Series 254 books 233 voters January 2019 Book Releases 58 books 15 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 31, 2018 Maureen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Jon Keller has travelled from his home in the US, and is staying in an isolated hotel set amongst the lush green forests of Switzerland whilst attending a work conference His morning begins as normal in the hotel s dining room, until news starts to filter in from around the world of nuclear attacks on major cities, indeed the whole of Scotland appears to have been obliterated As expected, people start to panic, with many abandoning the hotel and heading for the nearest airport and railway stat Jon Keller has travelled from his home in the US, and is staying in an isolated hotel set amongst the lush green forests of Switzerland whilst attending a work conference His morning begins as normal in the hotel s dining room, until news starts to filter in from around the world of nuclear attacks on major cities, indeed the whole of Scotland appears to have been obliterated As expected, people start to panic, with many abandoning the hotel and heading for the nearest airport and railway stations however, travel, and life in general will never be the same again for those who survive these attacks, and the quest to reach airports or other forms of transportation is futile Initially the first thing to be lost is communication, notably the internet, so after initial news reports, there is no information for quite some time.The story follows Jon s attempts to describe what happens to the twenty hotel guests who decided to stay Switzerland appears to have escaped direct attacks, but unless they leave the hotel, they ll never know to what extent they re safe or not He documents the daily events in the wake of the nuclear apocalypse, together with his investigation into the murder of a young girl who was discovered in the hotel s water tanks.This was an intriguing scenario, and the author s idea to isolate the hotel s survivors from the chaos and devastation elsewhere, served her well up to a point, as it created some tension within the claustrophobic confines of the hotel and forest There s something quite unnerving about a large hotel being relatively empty, spooky to say the least, and there had already been talk of the hotel being haunted, but for me there was some relief when eventually, using one of the few cars left at the hotel, some of them decide to venture to the nearest town in search of food I personally, was longing to know whether there were any survivors and if so how this would affect the dynamics of their situation Jon was a somewhat unreliable narrator, and not particularly likeable either I did really enjoy the story in parts, but felt frustrated by the ending, and also by the fact that we were never informed of how the nuclear attacks came about who were the perpetrators and why It was, however, an accurate portrayal of how people would behave in a situation like this, and was also a chilling reminder of how easily this terrifying event could become a reality Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin books UK Viking for my Arc in exchange for an honest unbiased review flag 159 likesLike see review View all 61 comments Maureen Thanks B.E Jan 25, 2019 05 20AM Maureen Thanks Contrary Jan 28, 2019 02 46AM Aug 31, 2018 Melisa rated it really liked it review of another edition I ve stepped outside of my genre comfort zone with The Last, and I m so glad that I took the chance it paid off This is a dark, deeply disturbing tale of one man s account of what he deems to be the end of the world due to nuclear war One that is extremely unsettling and anxiety inducing due to the fact that it is completely possible This one actually took me longer than normal to read, I had to keep putting it down because I kept saying what if.Jon is an American historian who finds hi I ve stepped outside of my genre comfort zone with The Last, and I m so glad that I took the chance it paid off This is a dark, deeply disturbing tale of one man s account of what he deems to be the end of the world due to nuclear war One that is extremely unsettling and anxiety inducing due to the fact that it is completely possible This one actually took me longer than normal to read, I had to keep putting it down because I kept saying what if.Jon is an American historian who finds himself at a secluded Swiss hotel for a writing conference when nuclear war breaks out This is his story, told from his point of view, as he tries to record everything that happens for documentation purposes From complete blackout of the internet and news, to attempting to find food in order to survive you will find yourself questioning what you would do if you were in the same shoes It is a story of survival, mystery, and trying to find hope in the bleakness of atrocity This is super cinematic in its storytelling I could absolutely see it being picked up as a film or series Netflix get on board here, please A big thank you to my girl Chelsea for the invitation to read this book, and to Atria for my advance copy This book will be available in April 2019 3.5 stars flag 147 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Aug 22, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves from publisher, netgalley This was a really unsettling read, especially because it felt so plausible based on current events That said, it was also a gripping, fast paced dystopian thriller with a side dish of murder mystery I don t want to say too much about this one yet, but I m really excited to see what other people think of The Last as they read review it While the plots are different, it gave me similar vibes to The Last One, another post apocalyptic dystopian that I adored I think fans of that book will love t This was a really unsettling read, especially because it felt so plausible based on current events That said, it was also a gripping, fast paced dystopian thriller with a side dish of murder mystery I don t want to say too much about this one yet, but I m really excited to see what other people think of The Last as they read review it While the plots are different, it gave me similar vibes to The Last One, another post apocalyptic dystopian that I adored I think fans of that book will love this as well More to come as I think on it I received a review copy via the publisher. flag 136 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 26, 2018 carol rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for fans of The Last Policeman Shelves end of the world as we know it, male lead, friend recommended, arc, should buy, multi culti I was all set to close the book cough on 2018 I had finished up the Peter Grant series in a very satisfactory way, was finishing up a couple other books, and was hoping to actually complete reviews for the books read, all in the same year I know, I know Foolish Then I saw Robert s review and the words apocalypse and mystery instantly jumped out You could not have tempted me with dark chocolate sea salt caramels And wouldn t you know it Last was just as satisfying, a great mix o I was all set to close the book cough on 2018 I had finished up the Peter Grant series in a very satisfactory way, was finishing up a couple other books, and was hoping to actually complete reviews for the books read, all in the same year I know, I know Foolish Then I saw Robert s review and the words apocalypse and mystery instantly jumped out You could not have tempted me with dark chocolate sea salt caramels And wouldn t you know it Last was just as satisfying, a great mix of emotions and flavors.It starts off quickly no building of suspense, wondering when the end of the world will happen, letting our hapless characters wander around as we all get our bearings It has happened Jon, the narrator, begins the story three days after the news breaks An American tucked away in Switzerland for a conference, and he and his colleagues have been routed to a somewhat isolated hotel I hesitate to say much suffice to say that it unfolds quickly and seems very plausible It combines the best of the apocalypse a quick disaster, a prolonged sense of aftermath, the opportunity to explore self, meaning, and society, all done with solid writing A lot of people confuse movement with progress, Dylan said I knew it was a bad idea but what were we gonna do, barricade them in They weren t ready to face any kind of truth I leaned against the wall of the stairwell as Dylan got out his set of keys The air in here was too thick, full of dust and last breaths It stank I hated the stairwell but of course the elevators weren t working any hadn t worked for two months, not since that first day I can think of a handful of books that this would compare to, and it s no surprise that the publisher draws analogies to The Last Policeman and Station Eleven. I think that for many, however, this will be an improvement on both of those Less bucolic and with a stronger narrative than Station Eleven, there is a definite atmosphere of fearfulness and psychological stress Will these survivors break down Like an inverse horror movie with the demons from within, how will they cope Similar to The Last Policeman, the narrator is struggling with his own reactions and trauma response though aware he is doing so, he s not exactly doing so with great success But he reflects and engages, and it provides interesting food for thought I figure I should keep writing things down The clouds are a strange color, but I m not sure if that s just me being in shock They could be normal clouds I will agree with Robert, one of the reviews that lead me to this book the ending did feel rushed Of course, for me, endings often feel rushed with suspense novels, as I m speed reading, trying to discover the resolution and relieve the tension I ll go so far as to say it s a little Tana French ish in that the story is about the psychological journey of the characters and less about the mystery It is an intriguing ending, but yes it does try to do too much too quickly, given the pacing of the middle.Last but random note one of the few end of the world novels that integrates than then an average white American in it.Still, it was a fabulous way to end my 2018 reads Definitely left me with a book hangover Many thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for the advance reader copy The quotes, of course, are subject to change in the final writing, but I do think that Jameson s style is one of the aspects that sets this above your average mystery or end of the world, and should be appreciated Four and a half cloudy stars flag 105 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Charles Guardian The best recent thrillers review roundup Sibling child abductors, assassins on the run and a killer at large after a nuclear attack all fe Guardian The best recent thrillers review roundup Sibling child abductors, assassins on the run and a killer at large after a nuclear attack all feature in this month s selection Jan 29, 2019 11 49AM carol Ha The last one mentioned is this book D Jan 29, 2019 01 14PM Dec 04, 2018 Debra rated it liked it Shelves netgalley History is only the sum of its people and, as far as I know, we could be the last ones Historian Jon Keller was attending a conference at a hotel, L Hotel Sixieme, in Switzerland when nuclear bombs weapons hit various cities around the world Jon thought he had time to respond to his wife s text message, he was mulling over what to say and regrets how things were left between them Now he fears that his wife and daughters may be dead and what is worse is that he may never know While some left History is only the sum of its people and, as far as I know, we could be the last ones Historian Jon Keller was attending a conference at a hotel, L Hotel Sixieme, in Switzerland when nuclear bombs weapons hit various cities around the world Jon thought he had time to respond to his wife s text message, he was mulling over what to say and regrets how things were left between them Now he fears that his wife and daughters may be dead and what is worse is that he may never know While some left the hotel immediately upon hearing the news of the attacks, Jon remained with approximately twenty other survivors They are cut off from the outside world and with no internet or electricity, they have no news about survivors, what areas are safe, the amount of damage done, etc Are they the only survivors, or are there others Is it safe to leave the hotel or is it safer to stay How long must they stay Will anyone come looking for them Who dropped the bombs How long can the survive at the hotel When will their supplies run out When the body of a young girl is found, Jon decides to investigate fearing there may be a murderer at the hotel Jon also takes it upon himself, to document what is happening at the hotel and to give descriptions and background of the people who remain there he is a historian after all Through Jon s writings, readers get a glimpse into life at the hotel after the bombs hit He tells of suicides, survival, arguments, and how some take positions of leadership.This is a rather slow moving book with not a lot of action This is of a character study of how people live and survive after the world appears to end The hotel occupants do not know if anyone else survived, what happened to those you choose to leave the hotel, or if their loved ones are alive They are existing with very little too do to fill up their days Survival is key Through Jon s documentation of the hotel guests, the reader gets to know the hotel occupants to a small degree There is a lot for readers to ponder in this book What decisions would the reader make Would the reader choose to stay at the hotel or leave to try and go home or at least find others Would the reader assume a position of leadership Would the reader be able to make decisions between life and death etc This is definitely a thought provoking book The book also does have some political talk and debate with characters blaming others for voting for him and therefore being responsible for the bombings For me, this was a little frustrating as we never know about the political situation Who dropped the bombs Why Who is the him the characters voted for, etc.For me this book was good not great I didn t mind the pace so much that there were some frustrating parts subplots that really didn t go anywhere There were times I thought the book was going to get creepy, but it didn t This book is uniquely told through Jon s documentation, so the reader doesn t really get to see the other characters emotional reactions to things We are told things but don t really get to see their fear, anxiety, doubt, anger, etc unless Jon chooses to write about them This made the book feel a little flat for me This book is thought provoking and I believe that is its strength We live in a time when countries have nuclear weapons, so it is easy to place oneself in this situations and wonder what if this were me Fans of dystopian novels will most likely enjoy this one.Thank you to Atria books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own flag 88 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Nov 22, 2018 Paromjit rated it really liked it Shelves dystopian, crime fiction, mystery, netgalley, thriller Hanna Jameson s dystopian, apocalyptic mystery novel embodies our worst fears and nightmares with the current US political situation It begins with the shocking details of nuclear war with weapons exploding in cities around the world, including Washington, Munich, London and Scotland This is a story of the impact and terrifying repercussions that follow for the survivors and a locked room murder mystery set in a remote and isolated hotel in Switzerland American historian, Jon Keller, is in a Hanna Jameson s dystopian, apocalyptic mystery novel embodies our worst fears and nightmares with the current US political situation It begins with the shocking details of nuclear war with weapons exploding in cities around the world, including Washington, Munich, London and Scotland This is a story of the impact and terrifying repercussions that follow for the survivors and a locked room murder mystery set in a remote and isolated hotel in Switzerland American historian, Jon Keller, is in a troubled marriage with Nadia that is heading towards separation, and has two daughters Jon has travelled to Switzerland for a convention when the news breaks about the disturbing global events taking place, with many people leaving for the airport and rail stations However, their journeys are pointless as transport links comes to a standstill and there is a communications blackout, with no internet access Amidst the panic, fear, paranoia, madness and mayhem, 20 strangers are left in the big hotel, a diverse mix of guests and staff, including the man with leadership qualities, Dylan, the hotel manager, Aussie barman, Nathan, a medical doctor, and an American history student that Jon finds himself getting close to Water problems lead to the discovery of the body of a young woman in the water tank Plagued by guilt for ignoring Nadia s last message, Jon finds salvation in investing his energies in investigating the murder despite others showing little interest They feel there are greater concerns that face them with the collapse of the world as they know it Jon documents what is happening, recording his experiences and events in his journal Tensions, conflict and suspicions of each other rise to unbearable levels between the survivors as supplies run low The survivors are also keen to ensure that their secrets do not emerge.This is an astonishingly thought provoking novel that provides opportunities to reflect on what might be a real possibility in our contemporary world Jameson s depiction of a strife ridden group of survivors feels desperately authentic, particularly as we are presented with aspects of the worst of humanity In this bleak and unsettling read, the author provides a philosophical and human exploration of life and death, with ethical and moral dilemmas in a post apocalyptic scenario With sincere hopes that the outlined nightmare in this novel never come to pass, I found the focus on a group of survivors fascinating and horrifying as they turn on each other, whilst the murder mystery elements are suspenseful and gripping A book guaranteed to make you think Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC flag 85 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Oct 20, 2018 Holly B rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves disturbing content, net galley, read in 2018 This was a quite frightening premise Nuclear attack in Washington, then London, and continuing Just the fact that it is actually possible was enough to bring chills over me Twenty survivors are hold up in a large hotel in Switzerland when all communication is lost The story is told through one of the twenty, Jon He is an American who was traveling He felt the need to document his experience for future generations The format of the story told through his daily journal entries worked well.T This was a quite frightening premise Nuclear attack in Washington, then London, and continuing Just the fact that it is actually possible was enough to bring chills over me Twenty survivors are hold up in a large hotel in Switzerland when all communication is lost The story is told through one of the twenty, Jon He is an American who was traveling He felt the need to document his experience for future generations The format of the story told through his daily journal entries worked well.There is also a murder that occurs at the hotel and now the search for the murderer among them begins I really wanted to enjoy this one, but I really didn t feel like I was the right reader Recommend to those who like creepier, but realistic dystopian world type scenarios.Thanks to the publisher and Melisa for this early copy Comes out in April 2019 flag 75 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Nov 25, 2018 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, 2018 books Jon Keller is in Switzerland, half a world away from his family, when Washington DC and a lot of other cities get nuked Now, stranded in a hotel with dozens of strangers, cut off from the internet, wondering if his family is still alive, Jon and others find a girl s body in one of the hotel s water tanksMy man Easy E was bragging about how great this book was on Twitter months ago and I added it to my Netgalley wish list Eventually, I was invited to read it and I read it on a single dreary Jon Keller is in Switzerland, half a world away from his family, when Washington DC and a lot of other cities get nuked Now, stranded in a hotel with dozens of strangers, cut off from the internet, wondering if his family is still alive, Jon and others find a girl s body in one of the hotel s water tanksMy man Easy E was bragging about how great this book was on Twitter months ago and I added it to my Netgalley wish list Eventually, I was invited to read it and I read it on a single dreary Sunday It was gripping, to say the least.In a way, The Last reminds me of The Last Policeman While the world is crumbling, one man has a mystery to solve, a mystery not a lot of other people seem to care about In other ways, it reminds me of The Stand, a story of people surviving in the ruins of civilization In all ways, it was one hell of a book.I was surprised at how enthralled I was with the book Hanna Jameson does a great job at building suspense and sewing some misdirection Her characters were surprisingly rich It would have been easy to go with stock characters in a story like this but Jon, Tomi, Dylan, and the rest were a complex bunch Even Peter had his hidden dimensions The book had a paranoid feel at times, like anyone at the hotel could have been the killer, and that anyone could be hiding in the vast but nearly vacant hotel I don t really want to reveal anything else The Last combines my favorite things about post apocalyptic fiction and mystery fiction I can t recommend it enough Five out of five stars flag 74 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Aug 30, 2018 karen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves from publisher or author, the end i was offered an e ARC of this book and encouraged to go in blind i read the synopsis, obviously, to make sure it was within my admittedly very broad reading tastes, and from that, i gathered that it was a locked room mystery with a twist a young girl s body is found on the premises of a swiss hotel that is still standing in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the world, leaving twenty people struggling to make sense of this altered global landscape and now also a murrr i was offered an e ARC of this book and encouraged to go in blind i read the synopsis, obviously, to make sure it was within my admittedly very broad reading tastes, and from that, i gathered that it was a locked room mystery with a twist a young girl s body is found on the premises of a swiss hotel that is still standing in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the world, leaving twenty people struggling to make sense of this altered global landscape and now also a murrrrderrrrrr the blurbs name dropped Stephen King, Agatha Christie, The Girl With All the Gifts, Annihilation, calling it nightmarish, a dystopian psychological thriller, haunting a combination that made me think this was going to be Clue The Shining The Road, and that s a big old ball of YES PLEASE for karen those blurbs accurately convey the tone and content of this book weeeeellllll again, i was encouraged to go in blind, and i don t want to make decisions for anyone else, but mother nature gave us spoiler tags, so imma use them not to talk about any actual plot spoilers, but to share broadly what this book feels like to read which expectations were met by the readalikes and which were not so, it will be tonal spoilers only to click or not to click think of it this way say you saw the trailer for The Cabin in the Woods and thought ooh a horror movie and then you watched The Cabin in the Woods and realized it was just pretending to be a horror movie did you feel A misled and crankyB delightedC what s The Cabin in the Woods if A, view spoiler if B, do not view spoiler if C, put down that book, ya nerd so view spoiler 1 this book is not scary not even a little bit i m not sure why it tries to set up a spooky vibe early on, and why the blurbs perpetuate this fallacy with their Stephen King co shenanigans it does take place in a hotel, like The Shining or like Security, for that matter , and the stress of isolation and the END OF THE WORLD does make some people behave erratically or act out of desperation, but it s not ghost twinsies and shriveled bathtub ladies, it s ordinary human panic because the end of the world is scary, especially when you re far from home you re stuck in a hotel with a bunch of strangers who don t even share a common language, you don t know who can be trusted, you can t contact your loved ones so you fear the worst, you have no idea what fresh hells are still to comelayering on a supernatural stressor on top of that would have been some excellent intense icing, and the seeds of mayyyyybe haaaauuunnted were certainly planted What interested you about the history of the hotel Well, you know this hotel has a pattern of suicides and unexplained deaths Even a couple of murders in the eighties and nineties The most recent owners are pretty shady, hard to pin down The place has been sold and resold a lot due to bad press Also because a famous serial killer stayed once My work, well what I was planning to spend my time in the hotel doing was mostly write biographies of the people who died here and I sometimes feel that there might be people in the hotel than we know about It is such a huge place It plays on my mind And it s a very noisy building, a lot of bangs and bumps in the night.i m not saying i begrudge the attempt ambiguity is always welcome here for a while i was enjoying the shiverylicious The Silent Land House of Leaves vibes from this, and the sheer number of times characters voiced the maybe we re all already dead idea was like a siren s song, but when nothing spooky ever actually developed, it was clutter without consequence 2 this book is not a mystery not really there is a dead body, there are suspicious people, there are secrets and red herrings and misdirection the protagonist investigates, in his own way, who killed the girl, but this is not the novel s primary concern, and the thread is dropped for a large chunk around the book s midsection what is this book thematically, it is like Station Eleven than anything mentioned above its focus is largely upon establishing connections and retaining humanity, or not, in the wake of a cataclysmic event it is very much about people not people as murder suspects, but what people feel and how they interact it s about regret, forgiveness, kindness, society, law, responsibility, making peace with the past, overcoming the barriers of language and culture, political ideologies, what we owe each other as members of the same species, etc, but also what happens when desperation incites violencer me, the horror mystery detours didn t contribute anything except confusion once the book settled into its sociological track a book with this line The only meaning we might have left as a species indeed the only thing left that might matter, that might keep us motivated to get up in the morning is in the small acts of human kindness we show each other, and in my compulsion to be helpful, useful, to keep things moving forward, I ve mostly forgotten to be kind.ain t never going to be a horror novelere s violence, yes many different kinds of it, but anything remotely supernatural feeling is redirected if anything, it s humanist horror, as one character claims An absence of meaning that would be the scariest of all things it also quotes Graham Greene, muses on individual freedoms and community responsibilities and argues whether suicide is an option for many it is, but not for our guide through this situation The thought had occurred to me once or twice would killing myself really be that bad, considering Did I want to see where we and humanity as a whole ended up Did I want to see how much worse things got before they if they ever got better But the idea always repelled me As long as I could continue to be useful, I d stay I wouldn t voluntarily throw my life away I d never think badly of those who decided it was too much, because it was It is too much But I could have been in San Francisco when those bombs fell, I could have been in Mississippi with my parents, and I was in neither I had ended up in one of the few places that escaped total devastation, and the idea of creating by giving in to despair seemed ungrateful somehow the thing is, the end of the world doesn t need additional bells and whistles to keep a reader s interest the aftermath is enough the mystery plot resolves in a fine but too coincidental and certainly not fair play manner, but the spooky atmosphere was not needed, sez me hide spoiler so, that s what the book is and is not did i like it i did mostly it meanders a bit, as i ve mentioned to those of you who went to spoilertown, but for the most part, it achieves its goals of what iffing the apocalypse and showing how miscommunication, paranoia and sectional alliances can be pretty darn destructive and nukes also destructive the only other thing i struggled with is a completely personal gripe that i m mentioning strictly as a self reminder should i ever need to catalog my own aversions the world we live in is fucked and it s an especially embarrassing time to be an american but i have a personal squicky discomfort when contemporary political elements creep into my escapist entertainment there s something off putting to me about reading this book, whose end of world scenario was clearly brought about by our great orange shame, where a character who voted for him is berated by others as complicit to this end of world scenario and it basically turns into any day on twitter vitriolic, divisive, unproductive, issue laden it s completely me and my problem i had the same reaction to American Horror Story Cult, and even The Good Fight, although it was used in a much organic n humorous way there i think my problem is when what s already bad is made worse for entertainment an alarmist spear poking me in the place i m turning to as an escape we know it s bad trust me, we are all fully alarmed the news already feels like a horror movie, i don t want my horror to feel like the news but that s just me being feeling overwhelmed by how everything is falling apart quick raccoons three and a half stars, rounded upe to my blog flag 70 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 18, 2018 Ova Excuse My Reading rated it really liked it Shelves contemporary, dystopian, netgalley Did you like the Walking Dead I can describe this book a Walking Dead without Zombies This was such a different read.The world comes to an end after the stupid politicians turn each other s countries to nuclear playgrounds Attacks on everywhere, cuts the communication, transport and destroys the order of the world as we know it In a massive hotel building in Europe, far far away from every form of civilisation is the American lecturer Jon, stuck with some 20 strangers The story is told via Did you like the Walking Dead I can describe this book a Walking Dead without Zombies This was such a different read.The world comes to an end after the stupid politicians turn each other s countries to nuclear playgrounds Attacks on everywhere, cuts the communication, transport and destroys the order of the world as we know it In a massive hotel building in Europe, far far away from every form of civilisation is the American lecturer Jon, stuck with some 20 strangers The story is told via Jon s diary, he writes to keep the journal of what happened in hopes of her wife Nadia might read it one day Obvious and inevitable socialisation with other strangers he is trapped with, will be a curse and gift for Jon at the same time Not long after the end of world they discover a young girl s body in a water tank She doesn t look like she s been attacked or anything but it s clear she s been murdered Jon starts to investigate Who is this girl Who killed him and why This is a fab social dystopia with a mystery element Full review closer to publication date Thanks to Penguin for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 68 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Sep 04, 2018 j e w e l s Books Bejeweled rated it liked it review of another edition THREE STARSTHE LAST is a mixture of genres nuclear apocalypse, mystery, psychological suspense.Jon is staying at a hotel in Switzerland for a conference when everyone s phones start pinging with notifications There is a nuclear attack underway in many parts of the world and let me assure you the beginning part of the story is absolutely chilling It is easy to imagine this frightening scenario My gosh, every time my phone alerts me to the latest crazy presidential tweet, I think, Well, this THREE STARSTHE LAST is a mixture of genres nuclear apocalypse, mystery, psychological suspense.Jon is staying at a hotel in Switzerland for a conference when everyone s phones start pinging with notifications There is a nuclear attack underway in many parts of the world and let me assure you the beginning part of the story is absolutely chilling It is easy to imagine this frightening scenario My gosh, every time my phone alerts me to the latest crazy presidential tweet, I think, Well, this is it Prepare for nuclear destruction What follows is Jon s attempts to stay sane while living in the isolated hotel with just a few other survivors He keeps a diary each day and this is for the reader as well He stumbles onto a murder mystery to solve within the hotel and this is what keeps him going every day.I really enjoyed the premise of the story, but ultimately it fell flat for me In these mixed genres, I usually want the novel to go a different direction and I get bored when it doesn t Haaa, that makes no sense I m sorry For instance, I was really into the end of the world stuff, but the author doesn t spend much time exploring that because there is this locked room murder mystery to solve now Too many aspects that don t quite come all the way together.My absolute favorite post apocalyptic book is Station Eleven and I m always comparing others to it Oh, well Thanks so much to Chelsea of THE SUSPENSE IS THRILLING ME for my early copy of The Last All opinions are my own. flag 64 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 27, 2018 Michelle rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley arcs Jon Keller is an American historian that is attending a conference at a Switzerland hotel While having breakfast one morning someone shouts out that nuclear bombs have started detonating through out many big U.S cities Panic ensues as people frantically try to gather any and all information possible Soon it becomes apparent that many countries around the world have been destroyed Some choose to leave the hotel but Jon and several other people decide the hotel is the best and safest place fo Jon Keller is an American historian that is attending a conference at a Switzerland hotel While having breakfast one morning someone shouts out that nuclear bombs have started detonating through out many big U.S cities Panic ensues as people frantically try to gather any and all information possible Soon it becomes apparent that many countries around the world have been destroyed Some choose to leave the hotel but Jon and several other people decide the hotel is the best and safest place for them right now When checking on the water supply they find a dead little girl Jon decides to investigate this little girls murder and to bring her some sort of justice The story is told through Jon s diary As a historian he feels it is important to document their daily life Initially this was very interesting but my interest did wane the longer I read I didn t care about anyone in this book Not even the murdered little girl because you never actually know her I had no investment in wanting to solve her murder Thankfully his investigation is weak at best I m not even sure why the author threw in the murder on top of the end of the world scenario It really added nothing to this story Also mentions of ghosts and possibly other people hiding out in this enormous hotel which will have you ME thinking hmmm, perhaps a tinge of horror but, no, these story lines really served no purpose My biggest issue with this book is how politically charged it is A lot of democrat vs republican bickering and debating which pretty much ruined this one for me but that s just me YOU may love it 3 stars Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books, and Hanna Jameson for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. flag 57 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Dec 21, 2018 Lisa rated it liked it Well, at 60% I m throwing in the towel This book has bored me to near death There s too little happening, and most of it takesace in the hotel, and it s all from one person s perspective I need action I think just the fact that nothing ever changed is what killed it for me I m just one of those crazy people who wouldn t be able to stay in a hotel with strangers, and I would need to know what s going on in my hemisphere I thought about cheating and peeking at the last few chapters, but d Well, at 60% I m throwing in the towel This book has bored me to near death There s too little happening, and most of it takesace in the hotel, and it s all from one person s perspective I need action I think just the fact that nothing ever changed is what killed it for me I m just one of those crazy people who wouldn t be able to stay in a hotel with strangers, and I would need to know what s going on in my hemisphere I thought about cheating and peeking at the last few chapters, but discovered that I have had quite enough My thanks to Netgalley and Atria for the chance to read and review this e book In all honesty, it s a well written story and I think most people would enjoy it Not me.but others flag 51 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Dec 02, 2018 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves apocalypse, science fiction, netgalley Jon Keller learns that the nuclear apocalypse has arrived over breakfast at a remote Swiss hotel Looking at her mobile phone, a fellow guest gasps the news that Washington DC has just been bombed Very quickly it becomes apparent that other major cities around the world have suffered a similar fate Panic erupts as people rush to leave the hotel but Jon and a few others stay, as much through an inability to make a decision as by rational choice A university professor who lives in San Francisco Jon Keller learns that the nuclear apocalypse has arrived over breakfast at a remote Swiss hotel Looking at her mobile phone, a fellow guest gasps the news that Washington DC has just been bombed Very quickly it becomes apparent that other major cities around the world have suffered a similar fate Panic erupts as people rush to leave the hotel but Jon and a few others stay, as much through an inability to make a decision as by rational choice A university professor who lives in San Francisco, Jon is unable to ascertain whether his wife and two children are safe as very quickly telephone and internet access to the outside world is lost From this point events are captured through a series of journal entries maintained by Jon He s not sure anybody will ever read his record of events but he s keen to undertake this task, just in case Around twenty guests have remained at the hotel and nationalities and language barriers quickly create cliques within the group And the bubbling tension is quickly exacerbated by the discovery of a body in one of the hotel s water tanks Is it possible that one of the remaining guests is a murderer I do like these dystopian novels when done well, they delve into the human psyche at every level What has informed their fight or flight decision if, indeed, it was a conscious choice Will it turn out to be the right one, or does it even matter Will they all choose stay at the hotel or will some elect to make a run for it, even though it seems unlikely that any airports are still functioning and it s not clear whether danger now lurks outside their current confine These and many question will be answered The tension constantly increases as events play out I have to say that I got to the point that I could hardly put this book down I d wake up in the morning and make a barely conscious grab for it, anxious to know what was going to happen next The character development is brilliantly done too and I found my emotional link to a number of players changing as their varying personality traits were exposed At times the tension was excruciating and at no point did I have a sense that actions of the survivors were anything but true And for a change, I really like how this book ended I ll say no.A superbly entertaining and thought provoking story I loved it My sincere thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 48 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Nov 14, 2018 megs_bookrack marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves mystery to read, arcs to read, 2019 releases YES ARC received A locked room mystery set in a dystopian world.ummmm, was this book written specifically for me This sounds ahhmazing flag 42 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 04, 2019 Whispering Stories rated it really liked it Book Reviewed by Cara on whisperingstoriesStaying at L Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland, having attended a conference, Jon wakes up one morning to find he has survived the end of the world major countries and cities throughout have been victim to nuclear attacks Stranded in the hotel with fear of what might await him outside, Jon starts to document the present events in the hope this will one day be read if they are rescued A few days after the attacks, Jon finds the body of a young girl Book Reviewed by Cara on whisperingstoriesStaying at L Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland, having attended a conference, Jon wakes up one morning to find he has survived the end of the world major countries and cities throughout have been victim to nuclear attacks Stranded in the hotel with fear of what might await him outside, Jon starts to document the present events in the hope this will one day be read if they are rescued A few days after the attacks, Jon finds the body of a young girl in one of the hotel s water tanks and suspects there may be a killer within their group We follow him as he investigates the death as well as try to outlast the nuclear devastation.The Last is a day by day account of the happenings in the hotel through the eyes of Jon, our stories main character There are a mixture of other characters some quiet some feisty and some with something to hide.The way the story is written is clear and detailed and makes you feel like you are part of the journey Seeing though the main characters eyes, I felt I could connect to him better as he reacted to situations like the majority of us would.As the book progresses we start to learn the background to each of the survivors in the hopes of finding the young girl s killer It is interesting to learn about each character and how different their lives were from each other before the devastation and how they reacted to such events.The hotel itself has a very similar history to that of the famous Cecil Hotel in America and due to this I sometimes found myself picturing this hotel instead which made it difficult for me to enjoy the location.I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the build up was great but I felt like the reveal was rushed I did not find myself with any unanswered questions but when reading, I felt like a lot of information had been thrown at me in one go, just to round off the story This does not mean I would not like to read of the authors books, the overall story was interesting and entertaining but due to the reveal I give the story 3.5 out of 5 flag 39 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Char rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley, atria, dark fiction, arc, isolation THE LAST A NOVEL by Hanna Jameson is an intriguing look at how people might deal with the end of the world In this case, starting with a nuclear bomb and a cell phone notification Jon Keller and and a group of plucky survivors find themselves stranded in a resort hotel in Switzerland when nuclear bombs are dropped on bigger cities around the world He and everyone else there are stuck with no access to the outside world the internet goes down and cell phones no longer work With no ability to THE LAST A NOVEL by Hanna Jameson is an intriguing look at how people might deal with the end of the world In this case, starting with a nuclear bomb and a cell phone notification Jon Keller and and a group of plucky survivors find themselves stranded in a resort hotel in Switzerland when nuclear bombs are dropped on bigger cities around the world He and everyone else there are stuck with no access to the outside world the internet goes down and cell phones no longer work With no ability to communicate Jon has no idea how his family is faring back in the U.S On top of all that, the group discovers the dead body of a young girl in the water tank atop the hotel When was this girl killed and why was her body tossed into the water tank Will Jon and the others survive, and if so what will they have to do to do so You ll have to read this to find out I was impressed with the writing style as it was so relatable and it flowed easily throughout Most of the main characters were fleshed out beautifully, however there were a few that we never learned much about I think that was a wise decision because focusing any on the lesser members of the group would have detracted too much from the story As the characters came to know each other, we came to know them as well Of course, conflicts between them arose some important than others Political views become involved and depending on where YOU stand on the political spectrum you may or may not enjoy that turn of events But isn t it just like people to argue over politics when it s possible that politics no longer even exist Humanity just has to have someone to blame, doesn t it Jon styles himself the journalist of the group and as such collects everyone s stories while he also becomes rather obsessed with the murdered girl As such, he also becomes a detective of sorts, interrogating people and trying to get justice of any kind for the victim There were interesting threads that cropped up during this story some followed through, some not so much There was also the constant fear of being attacked by other survivors as well as the very real fears of running out of food and water.My only issues with this tale were the leads that ended up going nowhere and the fact that the ending seemed to wind up too quickly I would have liked to have learned about the possible supernatural aspects, as in did they exist or not , and also, a little about the denouement, which I can t get further into here without spoilers These items are a bit picayune, but hey, that s how I felt.Hanna Jameson has a hit on her hands with THE LAST A NOVEL It was intriguing and mysterious, while at the same time entertaining and engaging I hit a certain point during reading when I knew there was no longer any way to put this book down without knowing what happened I HAD to know and I bet you will need to as well, if you give this book a chance I highly recommend that you do Thank you to Atria and NetGalley for the e ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback This is it flag 44 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Nov 03, 2018 Darinda rated it liked it review of another edition Jon is staying at a hotel in Switzerland when nuclear war breaks out The hotel is in a remote enough location that the employees and guests of the hotel are safe from the bombs, but cut off from society Some people from the hotel decide to leave and find their way home, but Jon and 20 or so others remain at the hotel After a couple of months in the hotel, the water pressure starts to disappear While investigating the cause, the body of a young girl is found Jon takes it upon himself to find Jon is staying at a hotel in Switzerland when nuclear war breaks out The hotel is in a remote enough location that the employees and guests of the hotel are safe from the bombs, but cut off from society Some people from the hotel decide to leave and find their way home, but Jon and 20 or so others remain at the hotel After a couple of months in the hotel, the water pressure starts to disappear While investigating the cause, the body of a young girl is found Jon takes it upon himself to find out what happened to the girl, and he becomes obsessed with identifying the killer Meanwhile, supplies decrease and tensions between the hotel residents increase.Jon is an American visiting Switzerland for an academic conference The novel is told from his point of view using a diary journal style Jon and his wife have a troubled marriage, and he feels guilty for how he left things with her Part of his behavior is a result of his guilt, and his need to make things right We never know much about the attacks, just that various cities in the United States and Europe have been bombed After the attacks, communication i.e internet access is mostly lost The hotel has resources, so they have basics like food, water, and shelter It would have been nice to know a little about the attacks, but that is not the primary focus of the story The relationships between the survivors is the focus, and is very realistic The hotel residents are varied in their nationalities, backgrounds, beliefs, and personalities This seems accurate, and creates a lot of conflict This novel is of a character study, and not a lot of action takes place Based on the book description, I was expecting mystery than is delivered Still, the characters and their interactions were believable and interesting.Fantastic setting Interesting characters Slow paced Good for fans of apocalyptic stories with a little mystery flag 37 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 12, 2018 Kendall rated it liked it Wow this was a very unique thriller This was a mix of dystopian, mystery, and some psychological suspense This was a very frightening premise in the fact that there is a nuclear war going on Twenty survivors are trapped in a large hotel in Switzerland as the nuclear attack is going on The story is told from Jon s perspective who is one of the survivors from the hotel I loved how the story was told from his journal entries Of course to add hype to this story there is a murder th Wow this was a very unique thriller This was a mix of dystopian, mystery, and some psychological suspense This was a very frightening premise in the fact that there is a nuclear war going on Twenty survivors are trapped in a large hotel in Switzerland as the nuclear attack is going on The story is told from Jon s perspective who is one of the survivors from the hotel I loved how the story was told from his journal entries Of course to add hype to this story there is a murder that takes place in the hotel The story really takes off once the hunt for the killer begins I was super excited to get my hands on this one but had mixed reviews feelings on this one It fell a tad bit flat for me and was hoping for action mystery I also was wanting from the creepiness factor of the hotel thought the story would take a turn there but was disappointed in wanting I could definitely see this as being an excellent series or movie I m glad I took a chance on reading this since its not my usual genre Huge thank you to Atria for providing the arc via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.3 stars Publication date 4 9 19Published to GR 11 12 18 flag 31 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jan 13, 2019 Juli rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read review copies 2019 Jon had a fight with his wife and left for a conference in Switzerland, frustrated and angry He thought he had all the time in the world to fix his relationship with his kids and his wife But, widespread nuclear attacks destroy modern society and he s left stranded with a small group of survivors at a remote Swiss hotel Not only do they have to worry about radiation, dwindling food and supplies, and other survivors.but they find a child s body floating in one of the hotel s water tanks It Jon had a fight with his wife and left for a conference in Switzerland, frustrated and angry He thought he had all the time in the world to fix his relationship with his kids and his wife But, widespread nuclear attacks destroy modern society and he s left stranded with a small group of survivors at a remote Swiss hotel Not only do they have to worry about radiation, dwindling food and supplies, and other survivors.but they find a child s body floating in one of the hotel s water tanks It s the end of the world as they know it.20 people holed up in a deserted hotelpossibly with a murderer And Jon has no idea if his wife and kids are even still alive Yikes I enjoyed this story The plot has a lot going on.a murder investigation, the fight to survive, personality conflicts It definitely kept my attention from start to finish The ending was a little bit strange.but after I thought about it, I think it is a fitting and realistic end I like books that make me think about how I would react to similar circumstances Jon and the other survivors had to make some rough life and death decisions I m not sure I would make the same ones, but I can understand their reactions to things like a rapist, going on supply runs and how to handle a murder investigation in the middle of extreme chaos I m not sure what I would do if I were away from my family when a society ending event occurred Would I try to get back home and hope they survived Would I stay where I was and always wonder what happened to them I hope I never have to face anything like Jon went through in this book All in all, a great book I ve read a lot of end of the world disaster stories, but this one was different and creative It didn t just focus on the disaster and the struggle to survive, but also touched on how the situation would change everything relationships, acceptable behavior, morals, etc The story really got me thinking about how a world level cataclysmic event would change life as I know it completely I love it when a book gets me thinking big thoughts This one definitely did Full stars from me I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own flag 30 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 08, 2019 Louise Wilson rated it liked it A nuclear weapon detonates over Washington London is hit, thousands are feared dead Munich and Scotland are hit World leaders call for calm Historian, Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends As the light go out on civilisation, he he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia and their two daughters were still alive Jon is stranded in a hotel with loads of strangers They find a little girls body in one of the hotels water tanks Jon decides to investigate the little g A nuclear weapon detonates over Washington London is hit, thousands are feared dead Munich and Scotland are hit World leaders call for calm Historian, Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends As the light go out on civilisation, he he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia and their two daughters were still alive Jon is stranded in a hotel with loads of strangers They find a little girls body in one of the hotels water tanks Jon decides to investigate the little girls murder.The story is told through Jon s diary Being a historian, he feels it s important documenting their daily life We don t know a lot about the attacks, just that Europe and the USA have been bombed The author has done a marvellous job of capturing what could happen in the event of a nuclear war With the right pace and strong characters this book will appeal to lots of readers I felt the ending was a little forced.I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin Books UK and the author Hanna Jameson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 36 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 14, 2018 Donna Backshall rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, 131 in 2018, fiction creepy, fiction insightful If there were a nuclear event that affected the globe, and you found yourself stranded in a highly remote and virtually unaffected area in Switzerland, what would you do This is the unnerving question we, as readers, face as we read The Last A Novel.As much as we d like to romanticize the situation, imagining gallant heroes swooping in to save the day, or creating some frenzied apocalyptic nightmare with zombies and terminators, the truth is that in reality not a lot would happen right away If there were a nuclear event that affected the globe, and you found yourself stranded in a highly remote and virtually unaffected area in Switzerland, what would you do This is the unnerving question we, as readers, face as we read The Last A Novel.As much as we d like to romanticize the situation, imagining gallant heroes swooping in to save the day, or creating some frenzied apocalyptic nightmare with zombies and terminators, the truth is that in reality not a lot would happen right away The little that did would happen agonizingly slowly You would have time to second guess every move you did or did not make, and you d be rightfully fearful of the unknown, of which there is plenty to go around What of modern society will change What will remain Will you approach this new reality with paranoia Compassion Strength Raw instinct Jon is an historian, and finds himself eager to chronicle the days after the bombs, if for no other reason than to have something to occupy his stunned mind Stranded with a very few random people, no Internet, no information, dwindling supplies he needs something, anything to fill the void after the constant noise and fast pace of his former 21st century modern life vanished Hanna Jameson s The Last A Novel is presented as Jon s record of the days and months following the bombs, offering his view of the people, the situation, and their ideas of what s out there beyond the somewhat comforting walls of the hotel they occupy What they expect, and what they find, often diverges greatly, and it s fascinating to see their expectations clashing with reality.Is this the great thriller of 2019 No, but it s not supposed to be It s not all frenzy, insanity and filthy people fighting mutants to survive it s thoughtful, tempered and real And haunting Oh, and definitely creepy If you are looking for a book that will force you to consider what you d actually do if the world as we know it ends, this is a strong one to choose.A special thanks to Atria Books US and NetGalley who honored me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 27 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Oct 31, 2018 Susan rated it really liked it This is an extremely interesting novel, which combines a storyline about the end of the world, alongside a traditional mystery American, Jon Keller, is at a conference at a hotel in Switzerland, when news comes that nuclear war has broken out As guests sit at breakfast, news of whole cities being wiped out appears on the television Glued to any screen available, people are first of all shocked and then afraid Panic breaks out and many guests leave immediately heading into the unknown, This is an extremely interesting novel, which combines a storyline about the end of the world, alongside a traditional mystery American, Jon Keller, is at a conference at a hotel in Switzerland, when news comes that nuclear war has broken out As guests sit at breakfast, news of whole cities being wiped out appears on the television Glued to any screen available, people are first of all shocked and then afraid Panic breaks out and many guests leave immediately heading into the unknown, with no air travel and the situation unsure The author does a wonderful job in this early part of the novel combining the mundane situation of a hotel breakfast with the shocking news of nuclear war Jon is unsure what to do and, like some others, decides to stay put for the moment and see whether anyone comes Nobody does As the sun is hidden, the trees die and birdsong is silenced, the remaining guests, and staff, gradually find some kind of comfort in the familiarity of the hotel However, when a young girls body is found, Jon decides to investigate Some of the group think it hardly seems to matter law and order have been wiped out, along with much of the world, and what is one child, among so many dead Yet Jon seems to think that it is necessary, or, perhaps, it just gives him a reason amongst a situation of surreal unreality He is something of an unreliable narrator, as he carries out his search to who was responsible and whether they are still among the group at the hotel An academic, he is keen to write everything down and this is looked upon with some suspicion I can t actually recall reading a novel quite like this and, for no other reason than the setting, it is an interesting book There is much to muse about, on the way the group come to terms with events As time goes on, divisions emerge, blame is apportioned and some members of the group are seen as useful than others As time passes and there is no internet, the group are cut off, undecided about whether to stay put or try to find others Is there safety in numbers, if a murderer is among them This would be a good choice for book groups, with much to discuss, even though I, personally, found the murder mystery part of the novel less successful than the storyline about the end of the world Personally, I think the group dynamics were interesting enough without adding the crime element into the book, but, overall, a really good read I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review flag 23 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 01, 2018 Reading.Between.Wines rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult fiction, cover love, creepy undertones, disturbing, dystopia, female authors, from the publisher, kindle books, murder mystery thriller, netgalley 5 The Last by Hanna Jameson was my first time reading a dystopian novel and I really enjoyed it What it s about American historian Jon is at a conference at a hotel in Switzerland when nuclear bombs are dropped all over the world and the internet goes dark Before everything goes down he is able to conclude that the US government is gone and millions are dead around the world, possibly including his wife and daughters Two months later amidst suicides and people leaving, there is a small 5 The Last by Hanna Jameson was my first time reading a dystopian novel and I really enjoyed it What it s about American historian Jon is at a conference at a hotel in Switzerland when nuclear bombs are dropped all over the world and the internet goes dark Before everything goes down he is able to conclude that the US government is gone and millions are dead around the world, possibly including his wife and daughters Two months later amidst suicides and people leaving, there is a small group of people still staying at the hotel trying to maintain what little civilization they have left Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of a young girl who they find in the hotel s water tanks to keep a grasp on his humanity But as tensions in the hotel rise and supplies are used up, Jon must face if he can stand to stay in the hotel any longer or take his chances in the outside The Last was written in a very unique style that I loved It is all written from Jon s POV and he is recording everything that happens so it can be documented if anyone should happen to find it and they aren t there any I love this because it feels like he is speaking right to you and it could be something that actually happened This novel is so fitting with the current political climate as well, but you don t have to know too much to make the connection The freakiest part about this book for me was that it seems like something that could actually happen It isn t overdone in any way and Jameson did an amazing job of capturing what could happen if we were involved in a nuclear warfare that destroys the world as we know it If all dystopian novels are as good as this one then I can t wait to read of them.Final Thought Loved the pacing, the dystopian world created was realistic and atmospheric, and it was so well written I am a big fan of this novel even though I didn t necessarily love the ending I liked how everything came together, but there was one thing that was a tad disappointing to me That being said, I still definitely recommend The Last if you are a fan of dystopian fiction and want something that isn t overdone and seems plausible Thank you to Chelsea and Atria Books for including me in the read for this book and providing me with a copy via NetGalley It was so unique and I hope this author writes It will be released in April 2019 flag 21 likesLike see review Sep 08, 2018 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc This is the second book in a row I ve read that touches on what could happen given the political climate in the world always hinted but never overtly statedNuclear bombs have detonated all over the world leaving those left wondering if they re the only ones Quickly this becomes a matter of surviving which ultimately leads to paranoia, anxiety and a battle for food and sanity Have you ever thought how you would react should the end of the world, or what seems like it, should come There we This is the second book in a row I ve read that touches on what could happen given the political climate in the world always hinted but never overtly statedNuclear bombs have detonated all over the world leaving those left wondering if they re the only ones Quickly this becomes a matter of surviving which ultimately leads to paranoia, anxiety and a battle for food and sanity Have you ever thought how you would react should the end of the world, or what seems like it, should come There were parts of this book that reminded me of The Walking Dead We have a group of people stranded at a hotel Quickly a leader makes himself known, there are loyalties amongst this group who have spent days weeks together but also growing dissent amongst them Unsure if there are people out there or not, but when there are signs well, paranoia, distrust and chaos start to ensue It seems a running theme that once the world goes to shit, people immediately enact their own rules and or laws to live by and God help those who aren t following along if you believe in God, that is Why does the human race immediately react this way Survival of the fittest There were some scary themes thrown in when thinking if this small group was the only people left for repopulating the world would men actually force themselves on women to continue the population are women now just regulated to being baby makers I could go on and on about the different things that were happening here I loved the way this was written Through Jon s eyes as he kept writing on a daily basis to have a transcript for others to know what happened during this time I always find these types of reads extremely interesting as, like with anything, when seen through the eyes of one, you only get their perspective and it makes me wonder how the others in the group may have perceived the same situation.A unique look at the post apocalyptic dystopia type read with a little bit of murder mystery thrown in for good measure though unnecessary for the main theme in my opinion but I appreciate Jon needing something to occupy his time and mind during these drastic times Thank you to Chelsea and Atria Books for this copy flag 20 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 21, 2018 Lisa rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley Well, at 60% I m throwing in the towel This book has bored me to near death There s too little happening, and most of it takesace in the hotel, and it s all from one person s perspective I need action I think just the fact that nothing ever changed is what killed it for me I m just one of those crazy people who wouldn t be able to stay in a hotel with strangers, and I would need to know what s going on in my hemisphere I thought about cheating and peeking at the last few chapters, but d Well, at 60% I m throwing in the towel This book has bored me to near death There s too little happening, and most of it takesace in the hotel, and it s all from one person s perspective I need action I think just the fact that nothing ever changed is what killed it for me I m just one of those crazy people who wouldn t be able to stay in a hotel with strangers, and I would need to know what s going on in my hemisphere I thought about cheating and peeking at the last few chapters, but discovered that I have had quite enough My thanks to Netgalley and Atria for the chance to read and review this e book I m all honesty, it s a well written story and I think most people would enjoy it Not me.but others flag 19 likesLike see review Sep 11, 2018 Amy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley I admittedly don t read a ton of dystopian novels, but holy hell did this one scare the crap out of me The main reason It seemed entirely possible, it wasn t all that far fetched and made me think, but what if SO many times.This is told entirely from Jon s point of view in journal style entries beginning at day one He s writing down his own personal experience after nuclear war begins as a way to document events for future generations I loved the style, parts felt frantic, almost manic espec I admittedly don t read a ton of dystopian novels, but holy hell did this one scare the crap out of me The main reason It seemed entirely possible, it wasn t all that far fetched and made me think, but what if SO many times.This is told entirely from Jon s point of view in journal style entries beginning at day one He s writing down his own personal experience after nuclear war begins as a way to document events for future generations I loved the style, parts felt frantic, almost manic especially in the beginning but that made it feel super authentic Who wouldn t be feeling crazed when the world as they know it ends As the days go by and Jon settles into a new way of life he finds his groove and the writing evens out and you begin to get details about what happened and how a small group ended up at a hotel The hotel itself was a fantastic setting, you get a locked room feeling coupled with an eerie, unnerving vibe due to the unknown activity outside the hotel and then you also have a murder mystery at play Really creepy stuff, and again, so terrifying because it s plausible.This one raises tons of moral questions and dilemmas, when the end is nigh you see both the best and worst of humanity and it s full of untrustworthy and unlikable characters lending to its authenticity once again It definitely makes you think and would be perfect for fans of shows like The Walking Dead, it s not out for awhile but put this on your radar for next spring The Last in three words Haunting, Unnerving and Creepy flag 19 likesLike see review Jul 29, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing Theakstons Crime Read 6 was this one and I bloody adored it It s just my kind of thing, end of the world setting, claustrophobic, beautifully plotted and a murder mystery to boot.I m just on a roll of great books right now Long may it continue flag 19 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Emma rated it liked it Shelves dystopia, post apocalypse This book feeds our worst fears about what happens without technology and also has a The last policeman vibe where behaviours change because there s no longer anything to lose That said, I didn t really find this satisfactory as a dystopia or post apocalyptic novel It is much of a locked room mystery with just a veneer of the apocalypse flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 20, 2018 Richard rated it really liked it Shelves arc, thriller 8.5 10I read a couple of really good reviews of this book and decided to request it on NetGalley I m sure glad I did as this was a nice surprise It s the end of the world but don t worry about that, we ve got a mystery to solve I loved the way the story was told with enough information being passed on about the end of the world to not feel overbearing and also reflecting the lack of knowledge the people at the hotel would have had but also concentrating on the characters left stranded in th 8.5 10I read a couple of really good reviews of this book and decided to request it on NetGalley I m sure glad I did as this was a nice surprise It s the end of the world but don t worry about that, we ve got a mystery to solve I loved the way the story was told with enough information being passed on about the end of the world to not feel overbearing and also reflecting the lack of knowledge the people at the hotel would have had but also concentrating on the characters left stranded in the hotel and how they would have reacted to events The main character is writing this all down in a journal diary to document how everything in the new world unfolded but also clinging on to some of his humanity by trying to solve the mystery of who the murdered child is The pages shot by and there was barely any dips in the quality The only issue I had with the story was that the ending felt rushed I was worried about where things would be going as there wasn t really much resolution to be had to the end of the world but I felt the ending was abrupt I also realise this was probably the only way the book could have ended without going on forever The ending aside this was good fun I really enjoyed reading it and the characters and what the mysteries were Definitely one where this was about the journey and not the destination I received a copy from NetGalley for review, this is it flag 11 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Jameson had written th Hanna Jameson s fourth novel, part murder mystery and part post apocalyptic thriller THE LAST is out early 2019, with Viking UK and Simon Schuster Atria Books US The Last is the story of an American academic searching for the truth about a girl who has been murdered in his Swiss hotel in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the Western world.Jameson had written the first draft of her debut, award nominated novel SOMETHING YOU ARE at just seventeen Something You Are and two further novels in the series GIRL SEVEN and ROAD KILL are available now in the 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        Hanna Jameson s fourth novel, part murder mystery and part post apocalyptic thriller THE LAST is out early 2019, with Viking UK and Simon Schuster Atria Books US The Last is the story of an American academic searching for the truth about a girl who has been murdered in his Swiss hotel in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the Western world.Jameson had written th Hanna Jameson s fourth novel, part murder mystery and part post apocalyptic thriller THE LAST is out early 2019, with Viking UK and Simon Schuster Atria Books US The Last is the story of an American academic searching for the truth about a girl who has been murdered in his Swiss hotel in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the Western world.Jameson had written the first draft of her debut, award nominated novel SOMETHING YOU ARE at just seventeen Something You Are and two further novels in the series GIRL SEVEN and ROAD KILL are available now in the UK, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands.She lives in London currently, and is working on screenwriting projects She likes whiskey, history, and emotionally taxing TV shows


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    1. Jon Keller has travelled from his home in the US, and is staying in an isolated hotel set amongst the lush green forests of Switzerland whilst attending a work conference His morning begins as normal in the hotel s dining room, until news starts to filter in from around the world of nuclear attacks on major cities, indeed the whole of Scotland appears to have been obliterated As expected, people start to panic, with many abandoning the hotel and heading for the nearest airport and railway stat J [...]


    2. I ve stepped outside of my genre comfort zone with The Last, and I m so glad that I took the chance it paid off This is a dark, deeply disturbing tale of one man s account of what he deems to be the end of the world due to nuclear war One that is extremely unsettling and anxiety inducing due to the fact that it is completely possible This one actually took me longer than normal to read, I had to keep putting it down because I kept saying what if.Jon is an American historian who finds hi I ve ste [...]


    3. This was a really unsettling read, especially because it felt so plausible based on current events That said, it was also a gripping, fast paced dystopian thriller with a side dish of murder mystery I don t want to say too much about this one yet, but I m really excited to see what other people think of The Last as they read review it While the plots are different, it gave me similar vibes to The Last One, another post apocalyptic dystopian that I adored I think fans of that book will love t Thi [...]


    4. I was all set to close the book cough on 2018 I had finished up the Peter Grant series in a very satisfactory way, was finishing up a couple other books, and was hoping to actually complete reviews for the books read, all in the same year I know, I know Foolish Then I saw Robert s review and the words apocalypse and mystery instantly jumped out You could not have tempted me with dark chocolate sea salt caramels And wouldn t you know it Last was just as satisfying, a great mix o I was all set to [...]


    5. History is only the sum of its people and, as far as I know, we could be the last ones Historian Jon Keller was attending a conference at a hotel, L Hotel Sixieme, in Switzerland when nuclear bombs weapons hit various cities around the world Jon thought he had time to respond to his wife s text message, he was mulling over what to say and regrets how things were left between them Now he fears that his wife and daughters may be dead and what is worse is that he may never know While some left Hist [...]


    6. Hanna Jameson s dystopian, apocalyptic mystery novel embodies our worst fears and nightmares with the current US political situation It begins with the shocking details of nuclear war with weapons exploding in cities around the world, including Washington, Munich, London and Scotland This is a story of the impact and terrifying repercussions that follow for the survivors and a locked room murder mystery set in a remote and isolated hotel in Switzerland American historian, Jon Keller, is in a Han [...]


    7. This was a quite frightening premise Nuclear attack in Washington, then London, and continuing Just the fact that it is actually possible was enough to bring chills over me Twenty survivors are hold up in a large hotel in Switzerland when all communication is lost The story is told through one of the twenty, Jon He is an American who was traveling He felt the need to document his experience for future generations The format of the story told through his daily journal entries worked well.T This w [...]


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