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- Print Length: 329 pages
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- Publisher: Ancient City Publishing; 1 edition (May 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00X8N2ELE
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The Last Escape: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World (The Last Survivors Book 2) Kindle Edition
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We need more information about Jingo. He is the most fascinating character in the series and we have really only had glimpses of him. He is a survivor of the spore disease and have been alive for over 300 years. He tells Ivory that sometimes the spores make people smarter and also fills in some of the history of Ivory's family. We need more Jingo because he's the only person--so far--that know the history of the last 300 years.
Back in town, General Blackthorne, Father Winthrop, and Minister Beck are each following an agenda to save the city and its people from famine. They all seem to be double-crossing each other and don't know of each other's plans. Is General Blackthorne trying to do a noble thing? Is Father Winthrop using religion to determine who lives and who dies? And is Minister Beck playing the two off each other to his benefit? We're not quite sure, but all the plans seem to lead to a showdown in the Ancient City. Jingo is there; Ivory is on his way, but he is being followed; the Warden talks (thinks) about the items he has stashed in the Ancient City, so it seems like he, Ella, and William will be heading there. The Ancient City is the reported home of hordes of the monsters/demons.
One theme that arises in the book is the imbalance of wealth in the town and the corruption of the power structure. It reminds you of the way our world is today. There are the powerful and wealthy--and then there is everyone else. Father Winthrop wants to choose which people survive based on how devoted they are to his religion. General Blackthorne has his own methods of choosing the people who will go with him to the Ancient City. Minister Beck (the scholar) seems to be the conscience of the group. He recognizes the income inequality and the lack of choice the poor have. He is making his own plans to save the town, and he is being very manipulative as he does so, but is he doing it for the overall good of the town or for his own ambition?
I liked this book better than the first because of the machinations of the three leaders of the town. It was very interesting trying to follow their plans, the people they are using to carry out the plans, and whether or not those people are double-crossing them. All we know for sure is that the population of the town has to be reduced to avoid a famine and people are trying to assure their places in the remaining population.
I hope there is more Jingo in the next book and more explanations of how humanity was nearly wiped off the planet. I also hope to see more of the Ancient City to see what secrets it holds.
This book seemed to go by very quickly--and then it just ended--again, but overall, I recommend it both for the happenings in this book and the possibilities that are opened up for the next. There are a lot of questions that need answering and there are several conflicts that are going to come to a head. This book sets up the next one very well.
There's a good blend of action, political intrigue, and even a hint of romance. They do a great job bouncing between the different characters' point of view, although I would have enjoyed some more characterization for some of them.
However many more books in the series there will be, the pieces are in play and I will be back for more!
I truly liked this story a lot. My challenge with the book is that it doesn’t end at the end of the story. I find my attention to any one author wanes and ebbs. I like to move from one author or story type any time I want. These authors do not allow that since if you want to see what happens next, you need to go to the next story immediately
This is the reason I scored them a 4
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It was a page turner for me and I look forward to the 3rd and final instalment. It would have been better if the 3 books were compiled as a single book. We're grown up enough to handle it.
A professional editor would have tightened it up without a doubt and there were a few silly typos, but on the whole this was a good effort.
I haven't read book 3 yet but suspect the three books would make a decent storyline for a TV series or film.
Be aware that there are lots of books in the series.