The Last

The Last Review

For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war—along with twenty other survivors—who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel’s water tanks.

Jon thought he had all the time in the world to respond to his wife’s text message: I miss you so much. I feel bad about how we left it. Love you. But as he’s waiting in the lobby of the L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland after an academic conference, still mulling over how to respond to his wife, he receives a string of horrifying push notifications. Washington, DC has been hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, then London, and finally Berlin. That’s all he knows before news outlets and social media goes black—and before the clouds on the horizon turn orange.

Now, two months later, there are twenty survivors holed up at the hotel, a place already tainted by its strange history of suicides and murders. Those who can’t bear to stay commit suicide or wander off into the woods. Jon and the others try to maintain some semblance of civilization. But when the water pressure disappears, and Jon and a crew of survivors investigate the hotel’s water tanks, they are shocked to discover the body of a young girl.

As supplies dwindle and tensions rise, Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the little girl as a way to cling to his own humanity. Yet the real question remains: can he afford to lose his mind in this hotel, or should he take his chances in the outside world?

Title:The Last
Edition Language:English

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  • Maureen

    Jon Keller has travelled from his home in the US, and is staying in an isolated hotel set amongst the lush green forests of Switzerland whilst attending a work conference. His morning begins as normal...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This was a really unsettling read, especially because it felt so plausible based on current events. That said, it was also a gripping, fast paced dystopian thriller with a side dish of murder mystery....

  • Melisa

    I’ve stepped outside of my genre comfort zone with The Last, and I’m so glad that I took the chance - it paid off!This is a dark, deeply disturbing tale of one man’s account of what he deems to ...

  • Kylie D

    A realistic type of dystopian novel, chilling, intriguing, and altogether believable. Set in a Swiss forest in an isolated hotel, Jon, a historian attending a conference, is caught up when the world g...

  • carol.

    I was all set to close the book (cough) on 2018; I had finished up the Peter Grant series in a very satisfactory way, was finishing up a couple other books, and was hoping to actually complete reviews...

  • Susanne  Strong

    3.75 Stars* (rounded up)Let’s talk about HEART PALPITATIONS! The ones that feel like they are going to BURST right out of your chest (almost like the Alien from that movie with Ripley).. upon start...

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!i was offered an e-ARC of this book and encouraged to go in blind. i read the synopsis, obviously, to make sure it was within my (admittedly very broad) reading tastes, and from that, i...

  • megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars**Jon Keller is attending an academic conference at the L'Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland on the day the bombs fall. Nuclear war has broken out and cities all over the world have been decimate...

  • Paromjit

    Hanna Jameson's dystopian, apocalyptic mystery novel embodies our worst fears and nightmares with the current US political situation. It begins with the shocking details of nuclear war with weapons ex...

  • Debra

    "History is only the sum of its people and, as far as I know, we could be the last ones."Historian Jon Keller was attending a conference at a hotel, L’Hotel Sixieme, in Switzerland when nuclear bomb...