Last One At The Party by Bethany Clift
Source: Publishers via NetGalley
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genres: Dystopian, Adult Fiction
Publication Date: 4th February 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“THE END OF EVERYTHING WAS HER BEGINNING
It’s November 2023. The human race has been wiped out by the 6DM virus (Six Days Maximum – the longest you’ve got before your body destroys itself). The end of the world as we know it.
Yet someone is still alive. Alone in a new world of burning cities, rotting corpses and ravenous rats, one woman has survived. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants and hiding how she feels to meet other people’s expectations. From her career to her relationships, to what she wears and where she lives, she’s made a lifetime of decisions to fit what other people want her to be.
But with no one else left, who will she become now that she’s completely alone?”
My Thoughts & Review
Last One At The Party is a dystopian novel set in 2024, where a new strain of virus named 6DM (6 Days Maximum) has emerged, and wipes out the human race in a just a few weeks.
I really liked the writing style of this book, it’s written like a diary, which flashes back to the times before the virus took hold as well as how the main character copes being alone and survives. This format was done really well. It has lots of details, both which is graphic and disturbing in places. But the author has also added some funny but dark moments that will make you laugh.
At the time of reading this book I did find things to be repetitive but I guess if you’re the only person alive things would become repetitive, therefore the book feels really real. At first I found the main character quite unlikeable. I didn’t agree with her behaviour but as the book progresses we learn more about her through the flashbacks, and you start to understand why she behaves the way she does. By the end of the book I started to connect with her more and was eager to see what happens to her.
Although I loved reading this book, it did leave me with a few questions especially at the end. I’m hoping that there will be a book that follows on, which will hopefully answer the unanswered questions.
Overall, a great read. This is not a book that concentrated solely on the virus/pandemic but is based on survival after the pandemic. It may not be for everyone especially at the moment, with the current pandemic, but definitely worth reading when you are more comfortable with the subject matter.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Hodder & Stoughton for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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