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Last of Her Kind Paperback – October 8, 2017
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I'm a big fan of Ann's work. I've read The Road Goes Ever On and many of her short stories. I often will start one of her stories thinking, "I don't have enough time to read the whole story." A short time later I'm reading the last sentence! With her latest journey, Last of Her Kind, I'm reminded of why I love her style. It's fresh and new. I'm easily placed directly into the moment in time she creates on the page. I like the direction she takes in this new SciFi universe. Read this and anything else you can get your hands on.
Last of Her Kind is an inspiring triumph of faith and perseverance in the shadow of the impending apocalypse. Frailey's emotionally captivating writing reminds the reader what it means to be human.
Last of Her Kind by A.K. Frailey is a sci-fi novel that is set in the not-too-distant future. Anne becomes the last pregnant woman on earth. Cerulean is a guardian-alien from Lux. Cerulean's admiration for Anne grows into something deeper. I thoroughly enjoyed Last of Her Kind and found the story to be compelling and the characters, well-developed. I don't generally read a lot of sci-fi, but this one, in particular, intrigued me because of the relevant topics. I highly recommend Last of Her Kind as it is sure to please sci-fi fans and anyone who enjoys a great story!
It is hard to write about a book that moved me so much. Anne made me cry and yet I shook my head at her courage. My belief has actually increased a little by the beauty of this tale. Not so much because of all the inspirational messages but for showing the good, the bad, and all the breadth in between.
About the Author
As an author and teacher with a degree in Elementary Education, Ann Frailey has written and published nine books, and several of her articles have been published in national magazines. In 2016, she earned a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and won two course director's awards.
Ann belongs to the Catholic Writer's Guild, home schools, and maintains a mini-farm with her children and their numerous critters. She is currently working on a science fiction and literary short story series, a new science fiction novel, and a science fiction, miniseries screenplay. To check out her short stories and information about her current writing projects, visit her blog: akfrailey.com/blog/
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I've seen this reviewed as a depressing dystopian story but I didn't see it that way at all. The characters were mostly honorable, helping humans like we see in America after a tragedy hits. The people who work hard and selflessly to provide for not only themselves but for other honorable and hard working people who are needing just a bit of a hand up so they can regain their own balance and pass the helping hand forward.
I found it to be uplifting and enjoyable to share the lives of these "neighbors".
If you enjoy quiet characterization without tons of violence, swearing or chase scenes, then this is a must read. I enjoyed it so much that I've re-read it a half dozen times even though I have many other books waiting to be read and I will go back to it again and again. Whenever I need a positive view on people and hope when things are going badly. May I handle my difficult times with the kind of dignity that Ann does.
For a synopsis of this book, I'll refer you to the many other excellent reviews on Amazon. Do yourself a big favor and give this excellent book and it's storyteller a read. You'll be glad you did. I just wish I could have given this one a much higher rating since five stars are way too low.
Much of the book is a depressing dystopian depiction of a dying earth and dying diseased humans disappearing quickly.
An Alien, Cerulean, a being of bright light, comes to earth every ten years to check on a woman, Anne. He is able to take a human form, but eventually she catches on.
He keeps tabs on her as her daughter, Mary, is one of The last children ever born on Earth to a human being.
Over the years, living conditions get grimmer and grimmer.
I really dislike dystopian novels because they are so depressing and hopeless. But eventually nature has to start going the other way, doesn't it?
This is a story that spans decades, and at times jumps ahead in time. And yet it does not feel long or disjointed. There is an amazing twist that I did not catch on to until about three-quarters of the way through the book. The subtle Christian themes, and as time progresses more Catholic themes fit very well in the story. It is not a story that was written and had religious elements sprinkled in. It was a book that was hard to put down, and het some of the themes are so powerful, so moving that twice I had to put the book down.
The two main characters are Cerulean, an alien watcher on earth from the Lux. His people send out watchers to keep an eye on other races to stay ahead of threats. They are not supposed to interfere. Their race is an energy and light, but they can assume human forms. And a woman named Anne, a woman who at the beginning of the story is hoping that she will become pregnant. Anne grew up with a mother who was afraid of almost everything, and she has been determined to not become like her mother. She is a school teacher at the beginning of the story.
There is a problem on earth. At first fertility rates start dropping, and not just in some area's globally. Soon it is an epidemic, and it looks like natural births have stopped for humans. Anne is one of the last women on the planet to become pregnant and her daughter Mary was one of the last children born. Scientists in different regions try and solve the problem, all kinds of methods are attempted to extend human life, but with little success. At first the world is coming together to tackle this problem but under pressure all things break down. As human's struggle with their impending demise, Cerulean must return home because of conflict on his own world.
This is a very interesting read. It will entertain, but also make you think. It is very well written, with amazing characters, a stunning plot, and a pace that really fits the story. This book would be great for fans of classic science fiction stories that are not the space opera kind. And the religious themes make it an excellent Christian fiction story. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by A.K. Frailey!
(I received an advance copy from the author. Opinions are my own.)
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