The Last - Hanna Jameson

March 1, 2019

3 / 5 Stars 

 

A murder mystery at the end of the world. 

 

The World has ended. Nuclear weapon strikes have taken out the world's capital cities. In a hotel in Switzerland 20 survivors wait. As the group come together, a body is discovered and one of their group could be a murderer. Jon Keller takes it upon himself to investigate a murder at the end of the world.

 

The author takes us instantly to the heart of the book and hurls us into the action. Armageddon has begun! I was interested to see how the characters would survive, how they would organise, and how they would react.

 

Well in 'The Last', pretty calmly it would seem. I had quite high hopes for this, as I like a bit of 'post apocalyptic fiction', unfortunately it didn’t hit the mark for me. It didn’t really know what it was trying to be, post apocalyptic tale, or murder mystery? It appeared that the end of the world was a backdrop to the whodunnit and that didn’t work for me. I didn’t quite understand the obsession to solve the murder when the world had ended. Perhaps that’s the point though, things still do matter. Still remaining human when humanity is lost?

 

There was a nice, rich, diverse cast with the standout being being Tomi. Tough, clever and ruthless. Nice to see another novel with a strong female character well written. The lead character, Jon, however, was bland, not particularly likeable and didn’t hold the novel together. The hotel itself was quite creepy. Nearly a character in itself. A huge hotel populated by just a few, a great setting but unfortunately under used and an opportunity missed.

 

Despite the problem with its identity, I finished the book fairly satisfied. The ending was a little weak and I was hoping for a better twist, but ultimately found this to be a nice, quick read.

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