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The Last Three [Kindle Edition]

Almon Chun-San Chu , Alina Kli.
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jon has bet everything on his love for Eris; it is a bet that he cannot afford to lose.
A descent down the path of self-destruction, does salvation lie around the corner or is it merely an illusion? The Last Three is a captivating story of a lost soul on the streets of a modern dystopia.

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  • File Size: 159 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XUHUFA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man vs. City February 2, 2012
This book hits you like a subway train. It starts abruptly, descends into the dark tunnel that is Jon's life and leaves you stranded.

Jon is a victim of the city - the smoky, gritty, seedy-eyed mass of trash and wealth, immigrants and criminals. He leads a solitary life after his high-school sweetheart, Eris, heads off to pursue a college degree. Deeply committed, Jon pays for all her expenses, working a dishonest job and living off white rice and cigarettes. He keeps a knife in his pocket and fights the itch in his brain - that little voice who keeps telling him something is wrong.

Jon struggles to maintain hope in his malnourished, lonesome life. There is a photo of Eris is taped to his bedroom wall. He saves a little from every paycheck to one day quit his job, leave his circle of mediocre friends, and move far away from the city that is licking its lips, ready to swallow him whole. His dreams become compromised when the city suddenly begins to interfere with Jon's plans.

The city is a malicious character in The Last Three, which grows and spreads like fungus. It thrives off the misdoings of street thugs, the crowd of numb subway commuters, the peddlers, salesmen and runaways. Chu writes with such microscopic detail, presenting amazing descriptive passages that invade all five senses. How else would you describe a hole-in-the-wall sushi bar on the outskirts of Chinatown?

"A brightly lit restaurant illuminated the dim alley-way and all its blemishes: broken shards of glass and plastic, pools of black water, forgotten garbage heaps and the occasional forgotten person. `Open' a neon sign flashed repetitively. Streaks and oily finger prints marred the restaurant windows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous March 28, 2012
By V. Cano
This novella was a complete surprise to me. I didn't expect to find so many levels of meaning throughout its pages, as sometimes stories or novellas can feel rushed and not mined for all the nuances they could actually have. This one, however, is a good example of how one can be written correctly.
The city, the grunge that fills it, is a definitely a protagonist in these pages. As many classical authors have done before, the scenery becomes much more than just background noise, instead coming to influence the characters and their actions. I loved the vivid descriptions of the world around Jon, the protagonist, the world that invades his head more and more with each page.
The other thing that is striking is the "realness" of the story. It is harsh and to the point, leaving the reader with a feeling of having lost his or her footing. The writing style accentuates this with short, striking sentences that bang around in the reader's head long after the novella is done.
This is one of those pieces of writing that I feel confident in recommending to all of you who love literary works that make you think. I say go buy a copy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! November 5, 2011
By TigeR
This is such a good book! It is one of those books that once you start reading it, you cannot put it down at all. I was so hooked that I even read it during class's lecture!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Book June 6, 2012
I always say: The importance is not the length of the book, the importance is the quality!
And this one is a GOOD book. I'm really surprised on how good it is.

It's a TOTALLY different Dystopia. First of all, you really can relate to this world and most of the time it didn't feel like a future world. The decadence, the sorrow and the sadness of the environment are some kind of what we are living nowadays. The lifestyle that Jon has sometimes felt like a premonition of things to come if we don't change a thing or two.

The story in The Last Tree is so deep because is written from the point of view of Jon. If you ever felt a little bit depress or sad, or life has been not as good as you wish, you will understand him.

I have to say that the only reason why I don't give it 5 stars is that the first page was a little hard to read (maybe for me is was hard to imagine where it was going or something) but then when I finally began to understand the story I was blown away from the great skill writing of Almon.
The fact that you never have an exact description of where and when the story is taking place -you only have small clues to where it is set- is a better ingredient for a great mystery.

Overall a very recommendable reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dystopian Fiction May 21, 2012
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This novella is probably one of the best I have ever read. Usually, with novellas and short stories (even the best ones), I feel that the author has tried to rush the story and get everything important in it that they wanted to say while still maintaining the short story/novella requirements. The Last Three, however, is written in such a way that everything important is revealed when it is meant to be and I felt that there was no sense of rush about this book.

Another thing that I loved about this book was the fact that the setting, the city, felt like a character itself. The way that Almon Chu describes its filth and the grunginess of it really makes it stand out as a dynamic and memorable setting. This also gives life to the city, really a life of its own. I also really liked the characters in general, especially the main character, Jon. Jon really brings out the realness of the book and is really an identifiable character. The reader can see themselves in Jon's place and that also helps to make the book seem more real than it already does. The plot is just amazing in the sense that I could really see the events of this novella actually taking place, rather than just thinking about it as some kind of fictional Dystopia. That has to be my utmost favorite aspect of this book.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is a book for the ages, much like The Iron Heel was in 1908, Brave New World was in 1932, and We was in 1921. And, it is a book written extremely well. Almon Chu is a brilliant writer and I cannot wait for him to publish something else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, dark, and gripping story
I received this novella in exchange for an honest review.

This novella was gripping, dark, and descriptive. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Megan
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh?
With these reviews, I thought that I would find a great story. Instead I found great writing (hence the two stars I gave) but no story that I could discern. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by buttonfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent look into the eyes of despair
The Last Three is a short novel that tells the story of Jon, a young guy living on the edge of hopelessness in a corroding and soul sucking city that threatens to consume all who... Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by BarkLessWagMore
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel
I loved The Last Three - it was a really vivid descriptive story that stays with you long after you read it, and really brings you into the protagonist's city life... Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by Kathymath
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Executed! A Captivating MUST read!
I spend most of my time with my nose in a YA or MG book, so I don't often read books like Almon Chu's The Last Three. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Aeicha @ Word Spelunking
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out this little gem!
This story packs a big punch for being novella or short story length. The gritty cover is perfect for what is inside its pages. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Jackie M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why this book is great
This is a phenomenal read. It takes the reader through an emotional roller coaster, from blissful, happy highs to dark, almost evil, lows. Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by Customer1
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