I love a good old-fashioned apocalyptic story - the nuclear war scenario has been left behind by biological/viral worlds. It was interesting to see how Jameson brought this very real possibility back to life.
Imagine that it hits the fan in full force, world tensions reach that point of no return and someone pushes the button. Let’s be honest, we would all be toast. Now imagine that you are in a safe (i.e., un-bombed) location. What would you do? How would you survive? Would you stay sane? This is where The Last goes.
I loved how The Last played out. The characters’ reactions were normal, rational, and reasonable. I might have done the same, this makes the story relatable and tangible for me. I want to be able to place myself in the protagonist’s shoes and go through the story with them.
The Last is more than just a post-apocalyptic story. Jameson has layered a mystery into it. Our protagonist, Jon, becomes obsessed with solving the murder of an unknown little girl. This obsession only increases the tension as well as the them or us attitudes that would inevitably develop in this scenario.
Jameson created a perfect and diverse cast of characters, each with integral roles to play. The interactions and relations between these characters deepened my involvement in this story.
Here’s hoping for a lot more from Hanna Jameson in the future.
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