World scenario with some tabasco sauce thrown in that had s Broken Wings (Hidden Wings, uestioning and wondering The writing was top knotch I look forward to seeing watch Hanna Jameson comesp with next Thank you to NetGalley David Brown at Atria Books and to Hanna Jameson for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewPublished on Goodreads on 32419Will be published on and Twitter on 4919 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 The Dark Villages of Childhood 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 theest to reach airports or other forms of transportation is futileInitially the first thing to be lost is communication notably the internet so after initial news reports there is no information for Bliss (de Saint Vallier Brothers, uite some timeThe 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 butnless 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 tanksThis was an intriguing scenario and the author s idea to isolate the hotel s survivors from the chaos and devastation elsewhere served her well Asylum and Other Stories up to a point as it created some tension within the claustrophobic confines of the hotel and forest There s somethingite Banana Fish, Tome 14 : 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 eventuallysing 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 Cirsova (Issue 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 honestnbiased review I ve stepped outside of my genre comfort zone with The Last and I m so glad that I took the chance it paid offThis 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 Nuestra propuesta inconclusa. Ecuador-Perú 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 yourselfestioning 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 p 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 201935 Stars NOW April 201935 stars NOW 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 book and encouraged to go in blind i read the synopsis obviously to make sure it was within my 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 karendo 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 s spoiler tags so imma Diccionario trilingüe Miskitu - Sumu-Mayangna - Español 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 feelA misled and crankyB delightedC what s The Cabin in the Woodsif A view spoiler if B do not view spoiler if C put down that book ya nerdsoview spoiler1 this book is not scary not even a little bit i m not sure why it tries to setp 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 "END OF THE WORLD does 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 plantedWhat interested you about the history of the hotel Well you know this hotel has a pattern of suicides and The Very First Christmas Stocking the Gifts of the 7 Coins 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 wellwhat S 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 orangeNow two months later there are twenty survivors holedp at the hotel a place already tainted by its strange history of suicides and murders Those who ,
I was all set to close the book cough on 2018 I had finished Twisted (LOST, up the Peter Grant series in a very satisfactory way was finishingp 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 flavorsIt starts off For the Love of Texas (The West Texans uickly 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 some 45 starsJon Keller is at the L Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland attending an academic conference when the bombs fall Nuclear war has broken out and highly populated cities the world over have been decimated Through early news alerts Jon learns hundreds of thousands of people have already been killedJon s wife and two children are home in San Francisco but he can t really worry about them now he needs to focus on keeping himself alive if he ever wants to find out their fates Jon along with twenty other survivors hunker down in the relative safety of the hotel and that s truly where our story beginsA historian by trade Jon takes itpon himself to begin writing the account of the survivors and that is how the narrative is told For me this worked so well I loved the feel of it and how we were able to learn not just what was going on currently but also a bit of the survivor s back stories as well as some of the history of the hotel itselfWhile opening Pirate Barbarian up the top of some water tanks in an effort to start catching rain water they find the body of a dead girl It is clear she endedp in the tank by nefarious means and Jon becomes obsessed with finding out who killed her As in he begins a full blown investigation into which he focuses most of his energyTensions are running high and the survivors begin to form alliances and develop a social system A Fearless Heart : Why Compassion is the Key to Greater Wellbeing unto themselves With rations beginning to dwindle and winter approaching the survivors start to send out mini expeditions in search of food and other supplies As you can imagine these are dangerousndertakings and add Soap Making Bible uite a bit of tension to the plotI had a great time reading this book I was absolutely entertained the whole time I felt there was just the right level of tension the whole way through to keep you on the edge of your seat I loved the exploration of people pushed to their limits and how they would organize themselves in order to function with some baseline of decencyThe last little bit seemed a little rushed to me but I wasn t disappointed with how itltimately turned out I would recommend this one to anyone who likes post apocalyptic stories This is nice and modern and fitting for our times Very well doneThank you so much to the publisher Atria Books for providing me with a copy to read and review I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to reading by Jameson in the future 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 This was a really nsettling 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 readreview it While the plots are different it gave me similar vibes to The Last One another post apocalypticdystopian 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 A realistic type of dystopian novel chilling intriguing and altogether believable Set in a Swiss forest in an isolated hotel Jon a historian attending a conference is caught p when the world goes BOOM Nuclear war has broken out most of the world s major cities are lost communication is scratchy and transport non existent Jon takes it on himself to record what has happened from his point of view and we are reading his journalThe fear the hardships a sense of grieving are all well recorded Not knowing whether his loved ones have survived never mind if he will see them again really starts to hit home for Jon And with winter coming on food scarce plus the real possibility of radiation poisoning the survivors start getting cabin fever and turning on themselves and each other And in the background at all times is the thought of the murdered girl found in the water tank and which of them put her thereI did really enjoy this book the isolation and fear come over well Not knowing what is happening in the world if you are all alone with a small pocket of people or if others are around would be terrifying The dog eat dog world as we know it is magnified and intense Yet the promise of small treats like listening to a song or eating chocolate is an Red Now and Laters uplifting and joyous occasion It brings the world we take for granted into a clear perspective Recommended 375 Stars roundedpLet s talk about HEART PALPITATIONS The ones that feel like they are going to BURST right out of your chest almost like the Alien from that movie with Ripley Chance Encounter upon starting The Last by Hanna Jameson and seeing the words Nuclear Bomb and Nuclear Apocalypse well my heart started beating so hard I felt like it was going to explode Those are not words I want to see in my lifetime Thankfully this novel is fictional That said what started out as a dystopian novel about an apocalypseickly became something else entirely A mystery about a murdered young girl whose body is found in a tank Surprise surprise Jon is an American at a Conference at the L Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland when DC and the rest of the world is attacked Jon loses the ability to contact his wife Nadia and their two children Marion and Ruth His days are spent chronicling what happens then they find her The little girl and he begins hunting for answers Can he trust those he s with And let s not forget that he s in the middle of an Apocalypse Oh yeah that The Last so "many estions How does one survive an apocalypse Is the end What would you do Run "uestions How does one survive an apocalypse Is this the end What would you do Run or be killed This was a buddy read with Kaceey and we went back and forth asking a lot of estions note for the record killing never came p it was like escaping the hotel to look for a bookstore or
note searching for the murdered girl never came p either lol This was an intriguing end of the. 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 tanksJon 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 .
library note searching for the murdered girl never came p either lol This was an intriguing end of the.
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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 nighti m not saying i begrudge the attempt ambiguity is always welcome here for a while i was enjoying the shiverylicious The Silent LandHouse 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 conseuence 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 midsectionso what is this book thematically it is like Station Eleven than anything mentioned above its focus is largely pon 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 violencefor me the horrormystery 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 Split Second Choice us motivated to getp in the morning is in the small acts of human kindness we show each other and in my compulsion to be helpful Daddys Boys useful to keep things moving forward I ve mostly forgotten to be kindain t never going to be a horror novelthere 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 alsootes 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 In the Making 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 beseful 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 Moving Neutral (Moving Neutral, up in one of the few places that escaped total devastation and the idea of creating by giving in to despair seemedngrateful 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 History is only the sum of its people and as far as I know we could be the last onesHistorian Jon Keller was attending a conference at a hotel L Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland when nuclear bombsweapons 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 pon hearing the news of the " he may never know While some left the hotel immediately pon hearing the news of the 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 "are safe the amount of damage done etc Are they 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 outWhen 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 The Stories of Alexander - Trilogy 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 leadershipThis 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 fillp 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 *political situation dropped the bombs Why Who is the him the characters voted for etcFor me this book was good not great I didn t mind the pace so much that there were some frustrating partssubplots 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 Shattering Glass uniuely 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 etcnless 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 oneThank 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. An’t bear to stay commit suicide or wander off into the woods Jon and the others try to maintain some semblance of civilization But when the water pressure disappears and Jon and a crew of survivors investigate the hotel’s water tanks they are shocked to discover the body of a young girlAs supplies dwindle and tensions rise Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the little girl as a way to cling to his own humanity Yet the real estion remains can he afford to lose his mind in this hotel or should he take his chances in the outside world. ,