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
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.
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!
In a peaceful, verdant valley on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion
This is a real rarity: a novel about the cataclysmic end of the world so badly written that it’s almost a comedy—or at least a parody. Only the characters don’t seem to know it.
A worldwide epidemic known as “The Rapture” wipes out most of the global population, so named because its victims die happy, much like this book. A band of brothers and their offspring with a genetic immunity decide to meet at their childhood home in New Hampshire, and set out through the gathering winter from their scattered residences.
It’s a vanilla version of Stephen King’s “The Stand” that gives vanilla a bad name. There is little conflict or even inconvenience as the survivors make their way, meeting a few others along their path as always happens in these tales, and encountering, among other things, abundant quantities of food. A reviewer on another site memorably called it a “nerf apocalypse,” soft and harmless.
Every insignificant move, like someone crossing the room, is described, too often through stilted, unnatural dialogue. Everyone speaks as if from a script. Events unfold at a grinding pace, almost in real time. The book desperately needed an editor, or simply an author.
As narrator, Scott Brick does a credible job with bad material, heroically avoiding any hint of an audible smirk.
I couldn't finish it. Post-apocalyptic stories have a great appeal, which I share, and I’m sure it will survive what I sincerely hope IS the last tribe.
I just listened to 22 hours of audiobook and it was more of what was absent than what was present. The vast majority of the book comprised a relatively detailed description of how the survivors compensated for the loss of their modern day amenities...and then it ended. Where was the character development? Where was the complexity in relationships? Where were the plot twists? Where was the suspense and the intrigue? Where was the loss, the conflict and the horror?? This was purported to be a book about the end of humanity as we know it; instead, it turned out to be a mediocre survivalists guide with no plot. Disappointing guys.
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.
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.
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.
First, if not for Scott Brick doing the narration, I doubt I would have finished the book. What could have been an incredible read(listen) was ruined by the lack of plot development with the few evil characters that survived the rapture. It should have been a good overcomes evil but this never developed into anything exciting; a challenge that needed to be overcome. These two characters that IMHO could have add much needed suspense to the story just faded away. This lack of excitement was very disappointing and for this reason I cannot recommend.
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
If you're a fan of sickly sweet, feel good stories, this one's for you!
No baddies, no danger, no threat, no violence gore etc etc etc
Just awful. There's not an ounce of malice and everything works out beautifully EVERY DAMN TIME for this All American survivors group.
If grit is what you're after, avoid like the plague (the primary school, weak, dull plague featured in this book)
"A bit too.. nice"
I was intrigued all they way through but by the end, disappointed at the lack of conflict and it all seemed a bit too nice. There was plenty of points throughout this story where we could have seen twists or anything to inject some thrill. All in all a good story, could have been better.
"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
"Dullest most mundane 'post apocalypse' ever?"
Scott Brick is brilliant and the way that he narrates this brain numbing festival of banality is testament to his talent and skill. I will never knowingly listen to anything Brad Manuel writes again.
A Larry Mc Murtry book i have lined up in my wishlist.
The scene when she found the dog.
i would have cut a lot of the scenes when it seems like there will be some actual jeopardy and then very little actually happened? I was so desperate for some drama i actually started making up my own back stories and sequels where something interesting happened. Again and again Scott Brick tried to inject some tension, but then the promises of tension turned into a banal description of cooking tinned goods, or shopping for things like pots and pans.The dramatic efforts in N Y C and Boston were just THROWN AWAY! Some of the everyday stuff is nice and fun, but there has to be some kind of counterpoint to that.. I don't need Ultraviolence or gut churning action (though this did kinda promise that by its genre) just some kind of conflict that is drawn out and complex.
Does Audible have any kind of editorial policy? Or can anyone just chuck a dull book up here? Please ! Listen to 'Earth Abides' by George R Stewart instead; 'The Last Tribe' is like that book, but with the brain and heart scooped out of it.
This started well but ultimately disappointed. It lacks any excitement or tension and becomes a kind of latter day Swiss Family Robinson with cheesy dialogue. The chances of the group of survivors having the skill set they have is astronomical. And chances of a husband and wife surviving? Overall I found it hard to take this seriously our to have much empathy with the characters.
"Ok to listen to but I probably would have ditched it had I been reading it"
As above, it was alright to listen to in the car to pass the time, but I don't think there would have been enough there for me to finish reading it. I ended up really wanting to know how it ended but the ending was a tad disappointing. Nothing really happened in the whole book to be honest! My main gripe is that it was all a bit twee. Everyone got on far too well with each other, were way too jovial for it being post apocalyptic, and it seemed a bit unrealistic how nothing particularly happened to any of the survivors. Bit of a rose tinted glasses version to the end of the world.
"'Fisher price ' dystopian fiction"
not quite gritty enough for my liking. Not much originality here but fairly engaging characters to a point
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.
Although I enjoyed this book it stayed at one pace throughout never really got exciting.
Its a different take on survival story is a positive.
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