The Last Girl by Michael Adams is the riveting and action-packed first book in its series.
The end of the world wasn’t like what all those TV shows and movies make it out to be. There wasn’t some big explosion. The sun still shone. The world ended in the blink of an eye and suddenly everyone’s thoughts drowned the world in telepathic voices. Everyone’s secrets and lies are laid bare, causing people to become insane and violent. That is, everyone except for 16 year-old Danby. What might have been an evolutionary leap instead becomes an apocalypse.
Danby’s telepathy works different – she can tune into other people’s thoughts but they can’t hear hers. What makes her different to everyone else? With this slight advantage, Danby must protect her little brother and venture to the safety of their mother’s remote retreat. But it’s a hundred kilometres away and the roads are blocked by thousands of cars and millions of people coming undone in the chaos.
Their escape becomes even more dangerous when Danby meets a charismatic young man who has the ability to save lives. Danby begins to question is this power is going to be used for good, or for evil…
I really enjoyed reading The Last Girl. I absolutely loved the plot and the idea of the story was utterly compelling. I was drawn in from the very start. However, at first it was a little confusing as to what was going on. It took me a while to realise some parts of the story was what was happening in the lives of other people. I found the jumps between Danby’s life and the lives of the other people she was seeing/experiencing was a little too jumpy. But once I got further into the book, I understood the writing style and everything made sense to me. This book is really well written. I’ve read a lot of books that take place in a future after an apocalypse-like event, but never before have I read one that takes place before and after an apocalypse. It must be difficult from a writer’s point of view to create a believable apocalypse.
I was very impressed with how the end of the world, as we know it at least, came about in this book. It was dramatic, but not unbelievably so. In my opinion, this is a perfect example of how an apocalypse should take place. I really liked the ideas and issues raised in this book to do with social media and being connected with those around us. How connected to people do we really want to be? Where’s the line between what we share on the internet and what is private, and when does that that line begin to fade? This book made me ask myself all of these questions, and so this book was quite thought-provoking.
Another thing I loved about this book was that it was set in Sydney. I’m a real fan of books that are set in various places in Australia, and so I really enjoyed reading this book for that aspect as well. I’ve been on numerous trips to Sydney and I loved reading about places like the Blue Mountains, Parramatta and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I could clearly imagine all of the places Danby was going and that helped me to really connect with the setting of The Last Girl. Everywhere Danby travelled to I could picture vividly and everything that happened really impacted me because I’ve been there before.
I loved all of the characters, most of all Danby. She was a fun main character to be with and I loved being inside her head. It was very interesting to hear the ‘voices’ inside her mind and this was done exceptionally well once I understood how everything happened inside her head. I really liked how the unsaid voices of others were written-like-this and it was very original. At first, I was a little confused as to what she was doing and I wanted more of a personality that I could latch onto in the first few pages. The more the book progressed however, I came to understand her character and enjoy spending time with her.
In the beginning of the book, I felt like there was a lot of things going on that didn’t really have a relevance to the plot. I think this was used to set the scene of the world in the future, however I found it a bit confusing. I couldn’t really understand what was going on at some points and new characters were introduced before disappearing and never returning a few pages later. But once the book really got going and set into the action, we were left with few characters, and that was much better. I prefer to have few characters and feel like I really understand them than having lots of characters who I can’t connect with. Another character I loved spending time with was Nathan. He was a funny person who was trustworthy and just generally a great person. Him and Danby were really similar, and I’m hoping to see more of them together in the books to come.
Overall, this was a really great book to read. It was action-packed and riveting; everything I hoped it to be. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in this series, The Last Shot, as soon as I can get my hands on a copy! I’d give The Last Girl by Michael Adams a score of 8.5 out of 10. This is definitely a really good series to get in on!
A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!