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The Last of Us gripped me from the first sentence. The setting is desolate and creepy. The remains of the inhabitants of the island are everywhere and you need a strong stomach for some of the scenes. The narrator is an eight-year-old girl who has to grow up quickly, but who doesn't have a clue about a lot of basic things in life yet. That makes her a fascinating main character and it was fantastic to read the story through her eyes. The survivors need to stick together, but they don't agree on a lot of things. They try to make the best of their situation, but it's difficult because it's so desperate. Still they keep having hope and that is what makes them go on.
Rob Ewing's writing is beautiful. It was easy to picture the situation on the island. His descriptions are vivid and honest. Surviving doesn't always bring out the best in people and instincts can make them do strange things. That is what happened in this novel. It was interesting to see how the children would react when there were setbacks and when they blamed each other for things that went wrong. At the same time my heart ached for them and I kept wanting them to be rescued. It's a strange ambivalence that works very well. I absolutely loved this book. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. It's one of the best books I've read in a very long time.
Poor little lambs. what a sad story.
Rona and Alex look to Elizabeth for guidance. She is slightly older than the two of them. They make up one group of survivors and the second group consists of the two brothers Duncan and Calum.
Just a few really young children all alone on an island fending for themselves. When I say fend I mean scavenge for food and fresh water. At least Elizabeth knows how to get clean drinking water.
It truly is a horror scenario. It is one thing to contemplate being the last of a few survivors, but when you imagine young children in the same situation, it is even worse.
Faced with the absolute carnage of a fast-acting lethal contagion these children show strength, resilience and a lot of courage. Perhaps even more than an adult because they are free from certain fears that they will eventually grow into.
I really like the way Ewing has kept the story basic and simple. In fact the simplicity of the children’s thought processes, decisions and actions is what makes it such an authentic read. They still have their normal childish rivalry and squabbles, whilst having to simultaneously survive as the new adults in town.
* I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.*
I knew this book was going to be special as soon I read the blurb when browsing my auto-approved titles on NetGalley. I absolutely had to read it. My instinct proved right and The Last of Us is a brilliant, brilliant book. Not to be confused with the videogame of the same name (also excellent may I add). I loved the idea behind the novel, a group of kids struggling to survive on a remote island after a strange illness wiped out all the adults. The stage is set for some pretty intense moments. I really liked the way the kids, especially Elizabeth try to create some form of normality with chores and tasks and lists of things to remember including what’s safe and not safe to eat I also liked the hostility towards Elizabeth, the so-called leader because she wasn’t born on the island. There are some stomach-churning scenes thanks to the dead bodies all over the place and even my squeamish button (which is very hard to trigger) kicked in. The last time anything made me squeamish was the movie Hostel (the first one in the series) where a Chinese woman’s eye is almost pulled out and looks ready to pop onto her cheek (feeling squeamish just thinking about that). The children don’t agree about a lot of things which is very believable considering how young they are and the situation they are trapped in. This is played out very well on the page. I was impressed by the quality of the writing and how vivid and detailed it is. I could perfectly picture the island and the children in my mind. The Last of Us isn’t packed with thrills and adventure but it is my favourite type of dystopian novel – a world brilliantly realised and believable with a few heart tugging moments thrown in. I shed some tears with this one. I will think about The Last of Us for a long time and it may haunt my dark dreams – in a good way.
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But I didn't enjoy reading this book.
The problem (for me) was the childish writing the author used to create the voice of the 8 year old telling the story; it didn't work. It made for a rather boring read unfortunately.