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Thursday 2 February 2017

Review: The Last Girl

Have you ever experienced knowing who a message is from before you check the caller? Have you known what someone is about to say before the words leave their mouth? That's what triggers the world's self-destruction in The Last trilogy.

Michael Adams leapfrogs from this common phenomenon to a pandemic that releases the thoughts of every human into each person's mind. The voices can't be filtered. It sends people crazy: so crazy that some choose death to escape. Others fall into catatonic states from which they seem unrouseable.

Sixteen-year-old Danby is one of the few who wakes from the abyss. She's also one of the few whose thoughts can't be plumbed by others but it doesn't mean she's safe. An execution squad is hunting those who have awoken. Then there's Jack who can tell the history of the catatonic by a mere touch. He can also wake them with a few words but he's selective. He refuses to rouse those who might become a burden. Is he saviour or monster?

There's only one way to find out.

Michael Adams' action-thriller is a little too close to home for my liking. Even though I was creeped out, I couldn't stop reading. I needed to know our potential outcome it this ever happened to us. But be warned, there is no place where the action ebbs.

Titles: The Last Girl
Author: Michael Adams
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781743316368
For ages: 13 years +
Type: Young Adult