I haven’t made any updates in a while. Work and study have taken up a lot of my spare time recently, but I’m hoping to be more active on here in the new year. Anyway, enough about that.
I just received a fantastic review from a UK reader. I asked Iain to give an honest review of LAST in exchange for a free copy. It’s reviews like this that really motivate me to keep writing. You can read the full review below or follow the link above.
Last Review by Iain Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Interesting | Disclaimer at end 18 Dec 2014
By Iain Anderson
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Last is a very intriguing book, with an extremely immersive story that hooked me almost instantaneously. The overall pace of the book is perfect for its genre, and every chapter is an exciting addition to the storyline. As it progresses, the story becomes more and more intriguing, with just enough plot twists and shock developments to make you think a bit without becoming a nuisance tor read.
The novel is generally well written, and the characters have some very interesting development. The only complaint is that sometimes I picked up many sentences would simply begin with ‘He did…’ or ‘He ran…’, however this is only a minor complaint that in no way affects the storyline or immersion of the book.
The main character, known as Garrett has particularly interesting development – as you’d expect with the main character. I feel the reason you keep wanting more about Garrett, and the truth, is because Garrett’s role depends on your viewpoint.
Garrett is viewed either as the protagonist or the antagonist depending on how you interpret the text itself. At times, I was genuinely convinced by other characters dialogue, and other times I leaned more towards Garrett’s recollection of events. To me, this was the highlight of the entire book. Just seeing the dialogue evolve, how it affected Garrett and how he thought about not only himself, but everything he knows and cares about, really intrigued me and kept me reading all the way.
The book also has it’s fair share of action. From police chases, a massive disturbance at a local doctor’s or a massive siege at the novels main setting. All of this keeps you on the edge of your seat, and 90% of the time end with a surprise.
Overall, Last is a solid beginning to what I believe will be a successful and popular series by Joshua Harkin. Similar to his previous novel, Bastion, it manages to immerse you completely in its own universe. It also allows you to empathise with Garrett, in a very unique way. As he questions his own actions and ultimately his sanity, you ,too, are questioning who you believe.
An extremely captivating book, which starts off a brand new series. If the rest of the series is even half as interesting and immersive as Last, they will definitely be successful.
[DISCLAIMER] I was given the opportunity to receive a free copy of Last on my Amazon Kindle, an opportunity I am truly thankful for. I was going to purchase Last anyway, but I was offered a deal – in exchange for a free copy; I would give my honest opinions on the novel via an Amazon Review. In no way did this deal, or Joshua Harkin’s overall kindness affect my end review score, and everything above is my OWN PERSONAL OPINION of Last.