When Steven Glass’s third grade teacher asked his class what they wanted to be when they grew up, Steven’s classmates shouted the usual answers: “A fireman!” “A teacher!” “The President!” When his turn came, Steven said, “When I grow up I’m going to be the last man on Earth.”
Warning signs don’t come much clearer than that.
Review 4 of 5 Stars
I try to remember to say when books are given by the author or a publishing house. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say when books are bought, but I bought this one because I’ve enjoyed other stories by the author. The first books I read by Jason Gurley were Settlers and Colonists. Since then I’ve almost become accustomed to his lack of punctuation when it comes to dialogue, but not quite yet. That aside, I very much enjoy his stories and his style of writing.
This was a very contained story with few characters. Henry is the young man that the reader follows through his encounter with the man who ends the world. The title pretty much gives away the plot so I don’t think we have much of a spoiler situation here. As an 11-year-old boy, Henry is quite inquisitive which lands him in a particularly interesting situation with a strange man hiding in a car. Things only get stranger and more confusing for Henry from there as he continues on his adventure.
This was a pretty short read. I read it in a couple of hours. So, I don’t want to give away more than I already have. I have a thing for dystopian stories and this one is right along those lines. Anyway, it was a quick read that I enjoyed. The ending left me wanting something, but as I can’t put my finger on exactly what I can hardly detract for it. All things said it was a good story that moved at a good pace with some interesting surprises along the way. Happy reading.