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Last Chance: A Novel (The Rains Brothers) Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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About the Author
GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the #1 international bestseller Orphan X. His books have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into twenty-eight languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, The Punisher) and DC (Batman). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for many major studios and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. The Last Chance is the sequel to The Rains, Gregg's first YA novel. Hurwitz resides in Los Angeles with two Rhodesian ridgebacks.
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So let me see if I can sum up what is going on without giving much away. I don't want to spoil the surprises for those reading this review who have not yet started the series. Think . . . zombies, but then immediately get rid of that thought. Because this book has nothing to do with zombies. Not really. So, maybe, think Mars Attacks. Then again, no. This has aliens, but it is nothing like Mars Attacks. (How am I doing so far?)
When an asteroid hits a field in the center of the heart of farmland country, it isn't long before everyone realizes it was no meteorite. Only by then, it is already too late. Seeds from the crash get taken by the wind. Spread. Stalks shoot up. Spores are released. People are immediately infected. Those over eighteen. The adults became remote operated hosts. Their job? Round up the kids.
The alien lifeform needed the kids. They were injected, placed in cocoons, became husks, where Hatchlings can grow inside them. The aliens were trying to take over the planet, and the way things were going, had a good shot of getting it done!
In Rains, the Rains brothers, and Alex, might have won the battle, but now it was up to them to win the war! Patrick Rains, Chance Rains, and Patrick's girlfriend, Alex, are holed up in a now abandoned school with the remaining children from town. They continually put them selves at risk trying to gather as much information about the enemy as possible. To do so, they venture beyond the safety of the school for their recon missions.
When Chance encounters a rebel drone, he learns something obscure and startling. The aliens know about the Rains brothers. The survival of the planet depends on them. Their selfless bravery will not come without sacrifice. With so many kids about to turn eighteen )and become hosts), the Rains have little choice in the matter. Time is of the essence. Every day that passes, another eighteen year old is lost . . . forever. The Rains know they must do what needs to be done in order to save the world!
Littered, I mean L.I.T.T.E.R.E.D. with action, and suspense, and tension, and horrific scenes, Last Chance falls under the old cliches of "page turner," and "non-stop action." There is no other way to put it. I have been a fan of Hurwitz for some time, plowing through his "adult" novels for years. The Rains series might be considered young adult, but there is nothing childish about these books. The characters are well drawn, in-depth, and compelling. You love the ones he wants you to love, and you hate the ones he wants you to hate.
My opinion? Do yourself a favor. Start with Rains. And then Last Chance. Then you will be like me (because I can almost promise you will read them fast), stuck waiting around for Book 3 . . . because, oh yeah, there had so better be a Book 3!
Author of Assassin's Promise,
and Damn the Dead
This is book 2 in The Rains series and you really need to read book 1 to fully understand everything that is going on. This is the continuation and conclusion to book 1 (The Rains). This is not author Gregg Hurwitz's usual genre, however, he knocks it out of the park!
This story starts off right where book 1 ends and the reader has no problem picking right back up where they left off. The story that the reader makes up in their mind doesn't even come close to the actual story that the author creates for us. This book will get the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions - be prepared to cry, ugly cry, yell, scream and at times want to curse the author. The ride is unpredictable and is not one in which the reader will be able to figure out. Be prepared to go through loops, curves, twists and turns and barely make it to end without being proven wrong on more than one occasion.
Be prepared to do nothing else once you start reading this book - It will grab your attention and there will not be a stopping point for you. You won't want to stop at any point...you won't want to leave the story, the world the author creates or Big Rain, Little Rain and Alex...you will need to know what happens next!! This is one of the best 2 book series that I have read in a long time - don't let the alien/zombie aspect stop you from picking up this book - They are epic - think Stranger Things on crack and you have this series.
Chance had an encounter with an alien rebel who tells him that he and Patrick could be the saviors of the Earth but they need to stay alive long enough to find out how. Worst of all, Alex only has a month or so before her eighteenth birthday.
The kids have gathered a few remaining survivors into the high school but among the survivors is Ben who is Patrick's rival and who wants to take control of the group. Not only are they fighting aliens but among themselves.
The story keeps building excitement as the kids face test after test and danger after danger. Hope and despair seem to alternate. I enjoyed the relationship among the three main characters. Both of the boys love Alex who also loves them both. The bond between the brothers is strong. Chance idolizes his big brother Patrick who has always been there for him.
Fans of dystopias, science fiction, and stories with great characters will enjoy this series. However, read THE RAINS before tackling this one.