Part 2 of The Last Survivors Series
They were dead. All of them.
In the wake of a massacre, Ella, Bray, and William flee into the wild, hoping to escape the brutal vengeance of an unforgiving leader. In Brighton, political and economic tensions boil. Famine is approaching. The monsters are amassing.
And a costly decision must be made, one that will threaten the lives of humanity's last survivors...
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Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the book
It was a struggle to get through book 1. The only reason I did, was because of the narrator. Unfortunately, he couldn't save this book. The very last line of book one, about Ella's daughter, was the reason I decided to try book 2. I'm 5 hours & 30 minutes into the book and that's still as much as I know. She's got a daughter. We haven't met her, don't know what she looks like, etc.
Every time there's a good part of the book, a likable character, a part that I'm really into and want to listen to more.......the authors have to ruin it by being cruel to this character. The treatment towards women in the first book was over the top, and it's gotten no better in this one. It's actually worse, with informing us that women in the "house of barren women" are SOLD when they're too old to satisfy men, most often to men who enjoy doing cruel things to women. There's also a flashback to a rape scene. It's a flashback......you could have just said that she was raped, we don't need to know details about said rape and how it's common place for 13 YEAR OLD girls to be raped.
There's backstory of a character and his 3 wives, all of which were "barren" because it's never the man's fault. 2 were sent to the house of barren women and the 3rd was of course, burned alive in the pire, after being beaten for the past year.
There's a woman in the barren house that I really want to hear more about, but unfortunately, during her scenes, there's more cruelty. She's saving her money, but it's illegal for her to have money and of course, there's always someone more powerful there to take it away. At hour 5 of the book, the cruelty to this woman made me quit the book. I was done and not listening to anymore.
Then I decided to give the book another try. I really would like to hear more about Ella, William and Bray, something that's majorly lacking in this book. I could only make it 30 more minutes into the book before I quit it for good. Another storyline that I love, Ivory and his teacher. Everything is going great for Ivory, but then the authors have to bring a priest into it, which of course you know if you've read book one, the priest takes it all away. Yet another great character, brought down by a powerful character. And after the priest sells Ivory's valuables, he hires another bad guy to do something. I can see where this is going. The teacher, who's name I can't remember right now, that has the most interesting story of the entire series, will end up having something cruel done to him.
If this were the end of the series, I could finish this book. But with there being at least 3 more in the series, there's no way that I can find it in me to go any further. I'm done. Knowing what happens to William just isn't worth it.
Excellent book and series!
Loving this series so far. Excellent story and narrator! Looking forward to starting book 3 tomorrow morning!
- Todd (Toad) Vogel "I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!"