Firstly, oh my god what a cliffhanger! What?! Just WHAT!!!! How could you do this to me? both of you! I was waiting for a nice but stereotypical ending and then BAM, you guys threw in an epic cliffhanger. I was not expecting that one at all.
So I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any other books by Piperbrook or Adair, and from the many reviews I feel like I really should have. The truth is I didn’t even know these two existed until I stumbled across The Last Survivors and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Even though this book is written by two authors I couldn’t pick them apart, the writing flowed seamlessly.
The Last Survivors is different to other post apocalyptic zombie novels. The story is set three hundred years after the downfall of the last, of what we would call, modern humanity. The story centers around Ella and her young son William. They both live in Brighton, a small and sheltered, medieval type village protected by guards and a circular wall. The demon/zombie virus is transmitted via spores, meaning that anyone can get infected pretty much at any time. The spore referenced in the novel is a real spore that can infect ants today, and thankfully not humans – at least not yet.
Brighton and the other surrounding villages are pretty much controlled by a strict religion, military and fear. Every year a cleansing takes place where women and children are forced to strip down so that they can be examined for infection. If they are deemed to be infected they are killed. However the infection takes many forms, blemishes, bruising, bony growths under the skin and even warts, thus making it extremely difficult to identify. As I was reading the story I couldn’t help but feel that a lot of innocent, uninfected people may have been unknowingly killed over the years.
There are some brilliant main and minor characters in this book. I won’t go into massive detail as it will spoil the story. The Last Survivors is written from different view points, so you get to delve into the perspectives of both the good and not-so-good guys.
Ella and William are the main characters in this story. Ella is a tough yet compassionate mother who will do anything for her son. William is a typical young boy who is forced into growing up fast due to their circumstances. They both have had a difficult life and their story is heartbreaking, I was rooting for them both throughout this book. I won’t say anymore on these two, but I really hope they have a happy ending!
I particularly loved Bray, a warden who collects the scalps of demons/zombies in order to earn payment. At one point in the story I really thought I was going to hate him but he redeems himself. He is very intelligent and intuitive and his sarcasm is hilarious. I also ship him with Ella, just saying.
Oliver, is a minor character who is also very funny, he is apprenticed to Father Winthrop (the head of the clergy in Brighton), but longs for adventure. He spends most of his time winding up Father Winthrop with witty and obvious questions that leave Father Winthrop rather flustered. All of the dialogue between these two characters is highly entertaining, and completely indicative of a rebellious teen bored with religion.
Minister Beck is another minor character and a scholar, he is part of Brighton’s council along with Father Winthrop and General Blackthorn. He doesn’t agree with the other two members though he keeps quiet about this throughout this first book. I suspect he will become a more intriguing character as the books progress. I certainly hope he can gain some more power and change things for the people of Brighton before its too late.
The Last Survivors is an alluring and exciting read with a real sense of foreboding throughout.The medieval take on a post apocalyptic world puts a different spin on this zombie novel and separates it out from the masses. It did take me a little while to get into the story but it was definitely worth the time. Still in shock over the cliffhanger ending, I honestly did not see that one coming. I can’t wait to get my hands on some more books by these two authors.
From The Current Reviews:
The Good: ‘Enjoyable read! Really held my interest and kept me anxious to find out what would happen next!’, ‘well written‘, ‘Great story, great characters, great writing‘, ‘Excellent marriage of dystopian fiction and fantasy themes’, ‘It is an interesting take on where mankind could go faced with a plague‘, ‘A Refreshing twist to the post apocalyptic genre‘, ‘awesome’, ‘rich and fast-paced‘, ‘The authors deftly employ the technique of switching third-person limited points of view for each chapter.‘, ‘Highly intriguing, well – written combat scenes, deep characters who are easy to like (or hate), and an ever – increasing sense of foreboding accompanies you to the end of the book, where you run into a huge plot twist.‘, ‘Pretty interesting concept‘, ‘Definitely a page turner’, ‘easy to read’, ‘ a different take on the zombie apocalypse’, ‘great character development’, ‘moves along at a quick pace’, ‘Drew me in and left me wanting more!’, ‘unstoppable authors’, ‘Well written, paints grim picture of future, easy to read in nightly chunks‘, ‘Another great book about life after an apocalypse but not the following the normal trend, extremely good‘.
The Bad: ‘I love Bobby Adair and T.W. Piperbrook but for some reason I couldn’t get myself wrapped up in this world. You may like it’s just not for me……‘, ‘If you ignore the mechanics that plagued this book, the story is great, well, maybe very good‘, ‘The dialogue is pretty awful – real people just don’t speak like they do in this book‘.
The Darn Right Ugly: ‘Unfortunately, this book was tedious, boring, and wrought with cliches’.
The Unicorns: ‘Hell of a good read’, ‘This book was so well written that I am buying the next in the series, like, right now‘, ‘Again another great book by both authors!‘, ‘an absolutely riveting, must – read book‘, ‘I’ve read Piperbrook before and enjoyed his work but this collaboration with Adair is far superior to anything previously published‘, ‘Brilliant. Adair and Piperbrook classic‘.
This Book Has Been Compared/Likened To: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, TV show Revolution, The Last of Us game by Naughty Dog.
Release date: 30th September 2014
Age Range: 15+
Contains: Zombies. Nudity. Descriptions of violence and references to rape.
Genre: Dystopia, Horror, Science Fiction.
About The Book: Survival in Man’s Second Dark Age
Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning…
The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures that threaten to destroy the townships. Among the townsfolk, political and the religious, dissension is spreading.
Through it all, a mother must protect her son…
Where to Buy?
Amazon: Kindle ed, free. Paperback, £.7.99.
He now lives with his wife, a son, and a Boston Terrier that hates squirrels.
Bobby Adair is a former programmer, with a long-lived passion—and only recently fulfilled desire—for writing.
Addicted to sugary caffeine, he has written a number of books, including a couple you won’t find on Amazon. And as quoted by his partner, ‘writing for him was more than just publishing a book and making money. It was a means of creative self-expression that helped him deal with the ups and downs of life.’ and ‘Bobby takes his writing very seriously. Even if it is a zombie book, he treats it as if he were writing the next great American classic.’
He recently moved with his partner and their two dogs, from Highlands Ranch, Colorado back to Austin, Texas. He also has two wonderful grown kids.
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing and will potentially change in the future.