Imagine being alone in the world, one of only a handful to survive a global pandemic. Not only do you struggle to find food, water, and shelter but you also deal with the sadness and losing everyone you know and everything you have.
Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living that nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire. Knowing the impending New England winter could be the final nail in his coffin, Greg packs what little food he can find and sets off on his 100-mile walk north with the unwavering belief that his family is alive and will join him.
As the fast-moving and deadly disease strips away family and friends, Greg's father, John, is trapped in South Carolina. Roadblocks, a panic-stricken population, and winter make it impossible for him to get to his son. John and his three brothers appear to be immune, but they are scattered across a locked-down United States, forced to wait for the end of humanity before travelling to the mountains of New Hampshire.
Spring arrives, and the Dixons make their way north to find young Greg. They meet others along the way, slowly forming the last tribe of humanity from the few people still alive in the Northeast.
©2015 Brad Manuel (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Fans of Stephen King's The Stand and Justin Cronin's The Passage will definitely not want to miss this one. Those are my two favorite novels in this genre, and Brad Manuel's effort here follows very impressively in their footsteps.
As others have mentioned, an element that sets The Last Tribe apart from the aforementioned tomes is that there are no evil hordes (whether undead or living).
The great conflict for our group of protagonists is the brutal reality of survival - pure and simple. However, some of the previous reviews seemed to suggest that there weren't any bad people in the story, but that certainly wasn't the case. It's just that they weren't over the top embodiments of evil as is so often the case - they were much more realistic characters. Some were truly bad. Others were mostly just responding to their personal insecurities and fears. Very real and refreshing!
The other key element that sets The Last Tribe apart is that it's a predominantly positive view of how regular people would respond in such an event. And it's this aspect that I think makes it an incredibly intriguing and important addition to the genre. This is what really makes it an absolutely essential read/listen for any fan of the genre!
And it certainly should be a listen, as the great Scott Brick is very much in his element here. Just superb!
This was one of the strangest books I've ever read or listened to. It's an answering argument to the survivalist guns and gore stores. The premise is the very common, post disease die-off, empty world situation. A few survivors are left. What do they have to do to make it?
Unlike every other book I've ever read in that genre, there are no roving bands of thugs, no armies of raping and pillaging hordes, no herds of brain dead contagious zombies.
You would think a book where nothing goes wrong would be boring -- and on one level you're right. There isn't really any great conflict and very little serious tension. Everything goes right and nearly all the decisions made are the right ones, the very few survivors represent all the needed skills to a level that seems almost ridiculously unlikely.
So... you'd discount this as not worth bothering with -- and you'd be wrong.
The book takes a fairly mature look at what could be accomplished if the conditions allowed. The author deliberately set up the type of plague, it's onset and symptoms, the rate of infection and fatality, all in such a way that the world would be left relatively empty but mostly intact, and used that setting to tell the story of adaptation in a far more mature way than most zombie or plague books ever get around to doing.
Worth a read, unless what you're looking for is zombies and gore -- then you'll be disappointed.
Such a refreshing change from the standard end of world fare. I get extremely tired of a few good people against hordes of horrid ones. Loved the characters and if the mix of people that just happened to have the right skills is a bit unrealistically fortunate, what end of world scenario isn't. Loved the writing, narration was great, and just such a pleasant relief to really enjoy following the paths of survivors I could actually enjoy. Hope is always refreshing.
If you are looking for carnage and to read about the worst mankind has to offer, don't bother looking here. Go elsewhere and leave hope for the rest of us to enjoy.
Kudos to the author for allowing humans to rise to their potential rather than the lowest common element.
Yes...sorta. I'm always looking for the left-field in a genre. The apocalypse is always littered with violence and evil and blah blah blah. This was so refreshing to finally have an easier pace. It was like the calm after the storm. Right up until Mary Sue entered the picture.
The Genius Teenage Girl. I would have changed her character. Completely. Every time Manuel started in on her brilliance I was rolling my eyes. Seriously, Manuel, you had everything going for you in this one. I could even forgive the bit of stretching in the other characters. But then you had to go and write The Genius Teenage Girl. I almost stopped listening.
I've heard Brick elsewhere and his reading always feels so genuine. I appreciate his approach to the reading.
Yes. Maybe. If they change The Genius Teenage Girl. If not, just cast Anne Hathaway and be done with it.
I don't know, guys. I guess go for it. The concept is interesting. Maybe you can forgive the characters and it'll be awesome.
The first couple of hours of this story really had me interested and there seemed to be potential for a great story. However, after making it through the entire listen, there is one key ingredient missing. Conflict. There really is none! A virus kills something like 97% of the earth's population and leaves behind the perfect cast of characters to start a perfect new society, many of which are from the same family. What luck that among the survivors are a surgeon, though no one ever gets sick, a vet, along with the last dog on earth, a pilot and a genius. More than 22 hours and only three characters posed any kind of threat to this utopian society and all three just kind of disappear without causing any trouble. Curious that in gathering supplies for the new world, no one thought of or seemed to need to hit up a pharmacy for medicine of any sort for their current or future needs. The only shock was that no one in the tribe seemed to have an issue with the blue lagoon teens. I should have bailed on this but I was hoping that with such a long listen, something exciting was going to happen. I was wrong.
As many other reviewers have said, more conflict would have been better. If this was meant as a study of human nature it is a HUGE failure. The best of the genre for that, in my humble opinion, is 'Alas, Babylon' by Pat Frank. This story is a child's fairy tale, and nothing more. The characters, while likeable, were unreal. Story arcs were unreconciled. And many storylines were repeated ad nauseum. And this is a SPOLIER ALERT, stop reading this review if you seriously think you will read/listen to this book. You were warned. The author spends a good bit of the book working through a way for the survivors to contact other survivors so they can join the "last Tribe" in their Hawaiian Paradise, then NEVER TELLS IF IT WORKED! Seriously! I fast-forwarded from the last 27 minutes to the last three minutes and the survivors barely finished their first week in Hawaii, so the resolution of the attempt to contact/find other survivors was ignored. ALSO, the 6 hours of the Greg and Becky Show irritated the hell out of me. Manuel spends way too much time in the details of the day-to-day life of the tribe and repeats many words and thoughts of the characters to a distracting extreme.
The only thing that would have made this better/more enjoyable, is if Stephen King had written it.
I listen to just about anything Scott reads. The only reason I stayed with this story was Scott Brick's reading. But he even sounded bored in parts. A great narrator can make a bad book enjoyable. And Scott is a great narrator.
Where do I start??? I would have trimmed the Greg and Becky Show from six hours to maybe three. I would have explored the dark side of human nature more, as it is implausible to think that 3% of the world's population would only include decent people. This book, at 22 hours, dragged in many places; had implausible storylines; orphaned plotlines and a lack of conflict that was distracting.
I like a good, positive story. And this was one. However, as a post-apocryphal story it was incredibly insipid.
I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.
this story is so boring what a waste of time it could have been amazing if there was some action or suspense mixed in to the story line come on an Apocalypse with out any action
I chose this book because another reviewer compared it to Stephen King's The Stand, but it doesn't come close to the depth or complexity of that classic. Most of characters were shallow and rather one-dimensional. There are no moments of suspense, no real conflict, everyone's a good guy and everything always works out - so not very believable. Scott Brick's narration was the one saving grace.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
No antagonists, no conflict. Implausible story because despite millions dying of epidemic, there main characters aren't tripping over bodies everywhere. The roads are even clear of cars and roadblocks! Also, no mention of flies and vermin. Ridiculous plot arc for characters to decide to fly to Hawaii to make a permanent home---why isolate themselves from an entire, vast continent of resources?
Only Scott Brick kept me listening, but I gave up just a couple of hours near the end. I like the SHTF TEOTWAWKI genre, but this one was just too implausible.
The Last Tribe would have been better if the characters had acted in believable ways.
I am getting sick of post-apocalypse titles that fail to deliver. This is one in a long list of stories that are too boring, too outrageous, or badly written.
Mr. Scott Brick performs all the characters with his usual panache. Though sometimes the female characters come across a little too cliché.
Maybe all of the characters should be cut from The Last Tribe.
"I need more"
I did read the reviews and listens to the preview then passed it by (big mistake) came back to it as I couldn't find anything to listen to. This is blooming fantastic! It's beyond fantastic, this story could actually happen (have you seen the news lately!?)
No spoilers get this. Best two days of Audio tension and drama I have had in a long time.
Please can you write another book. I need to know if they do that thing and get some trouble makers
What an amazing story. 22 hours done in 3 days, I just could not stop listening. I felt like I was there with the survivors. Scott Brick just reaffirms that he's the best in the business.
Narrator was great as always. Book left me wanting a second one! Hope we see one in the future.
"A bit long, but ultimately worth it"
The story is believable and you really feel like you are there withthe survivors, but it is a bit streched out at times and a few time s the narrator sounds weird or like he didn't realize that the sentence was endind whenit did. Overall a good listen.
"Great end of the world listen"
I really enjoy listening to the end of the world apocalyptic books and this is one of the best! I hope their is a sequel
I listened to this book in a day and a half. I just couldn't put it down its such a good story.
"not what I wanted/ expected but still loved it!!"
I expected a mad max style post apocalyptic world and a desperate fight for survival. Regardless I was still enthralled. Wonderful characters and story, if you have some spare time, pick it up your won't be disappointed.
This was a little different from the normal apocalyptic story. A much more positive look at the end if civilisation. I enjoyed the characterisations and the story went along at a pace that didn't leave me bored. The narration seemed a little flat to start with, but once I'd got used to his style of story telling I liked it. Would recommend as a change from the Zombies!
"Amazing story of survival"
I had got this thinking it would be like the normal post apocalyptic fight for survival. Lots of fighting, bad vs good. But it surprised me.
It is a beautiful story about working together to build a future and unite what it left of humanity. If you are looking for a feel good story full of hope, this is it.
I have to say, as always Scott Brick brings this story to life. Fantastic narrator
"Great easy reading"
Fab book lovely easy read almost makes you wish for the end of the world but only if your a survivor
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