Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
last ones left alive (Sarah Davis-Goff)
Title: last ones left alive
Author: Sarah Davis-Goff
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: TODAY! (hardback/e-book in U.S.)
I picked up this book because it was described as being like the road (loved) or station eleven (one of the best books ever!) but set in Ireland with zombies and a feminist bent. Sadly I only made it to the 20% mark before giving up on this completely.
I couldn’t connect with the main character, Orpen, at all. I thought that Orpen dragging her sick companion around in a wheelbarrow was silly and should have led to her death multiple times during the brief portion of the book that I read. The dog companion was pointless to the plot and basically did nothing useful either.
Even though the setting is Ireland, there was nothing in the story to evoke a feeling of that country. It could have been set anywhere else with little change to the story. I also did not like the first-person narration style or the use of flashbacks for the history of the characters. The flashbacks were jarring.
Then there be the skrakes i.e. zombies. These are super fast zombies that roam in packs and can seemingly track deer by scent. But somehow Orpen manages to only encounter them one on one and dispatch them with some unrealistic hand-to-hand fighting and a couple of knives. Plus of the two she fought in the 20%, one was a small zombie and the other was crippled which helped lead to her victory. That was lucky given that the author reiterates multiple times how much weaker the trek is making Orpen. With the defeat of the second zombie came the realization that this book was not to me taste at all.
Some of me crew members are highly enjoying this one but the little bit that I read was less than stellar and rather formulaic. Check it out and see if ye be on the side of yer Captain or with the crew.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Flatiron Books!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Watch your six. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.
Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around physical training and necessity. After Mam died, it’s the only way she and her guardian Maeve have survived the ravenous skrake (zombies) who roam the wilds of the ravaged countryside, looking for prey.
When Maeve is bitten and infected, Orpen knows what she should do – sink a knife into her eye socket, and quickly. Instead, she tries to save Maeve, and following rumours of a distant city on the mainland, guarded by fierce banshees, she sets off, pushing Maeve in a wheelbarrow and accompanied by their little dog, Danger. It is a journey on which Orpen will need to fight repeatedly for her life, drawing on all of her training and instincts. In the course of it, she will learn more about the Emergency that destroyed her homeland, and the mythical Phoenix City – and discover a starting truth about her own identity.
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