Seven billion zombies. One man.
When the zombie apocalypse hits America, not a soul is left alive.
Except Amo. He's a comic book artist. He's a video game world builder. He's just a regular guy living in New York City, with only his wits, creativity, and basic decency to guide him.
He's alone against Seven billion zombies. Will he survive?
'Robinson Crusoe' meets the zombie apocalypse like you've never seen it before, packed with adventure, gore, and a mind-blowing twist. A tale of post-apocalyptic, zombie survival action that kicks off the Zombie Ocean series, continued in Book 2, The Lost. Burning questions will be raised and answered, like:
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If you like apocalyptic stories like I Am Legend, The Girl with All the Gifts, or The Walking Dead you will love this book.
©2016 Michael John Grist (P)2016 Michael John Grist
Usually I love books about zombies. I don't want to give anything away about the novel, but there was one or two aspects about the book that I just couldn't get my head wrapped around. If you enjoy books that seem to have a redeeming quality about them get this book you will enjoy it. However if you just like your zombie material more on the graphic level this book just might not be for you. Citing this I actually read the book in one setting the narration was very engaging and captivating if the narration was not so excellent I probably would not have finished the book.
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I've read a lot of post-apocalyptic "zombie" novels. A lot of them follow the same cadence. Most of them even follow almost the exact same script. The Last couldn't have been more different. The first part of the book isn't even about the apocalypse, it was about Amo's life trying to get used to daily ticks and issues related to a coma that he was in. I honestly would have read a book just about Amo and his everyday dealings.
Because Amo was so well written and explained, he will probably be one of the most memorable main characters I'll read for a while. He was just so likable in a raw and flawed way. He's broke in so many ways, so it was easy to relate to him no matter how you grew up or what's happened to you in life.
The story itself could have been a few shorter books that I would have gobbled up after reading the intro. I couldn't believe the amount of story that Grist was able to pack into The Last. Amo's backstory, Amo's coffee shop experiences, Amo's first days of survival, Amo's killing fields, Amo's trip and realization, Lara's escape... I could go on and on. There were so many mini-plots going on that I would eat the pages up.
The next sentence could be perceived as a spoiler, and I'm going to try my hardest to not spoil it completely. Even Amo's realization and subsequent interactions made this book totally different than any other zombie post-apocalyptic book I've ever read. That in itself made this book totally unique in this genre.
Overall, if you've read this far, you can tell that I loved The Last by Michael John Grist. I looked up the series to see if there were more and was quickly surprised to find that there are 6 or 7 books. But series-haters -- you can just read this book and be happy. Another thing that can't be said about a lot of books in this genre. Grist actually writes a full story arc with a conclusion and everything.
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This is a hard book to review because to be honest, I'm still not entirely sure what my thoughts are about it!!! Plus, the things I didn't really like about it are all spoilers so I'm going to have to try and say what I want without really saying what I want!!
Character wise, for most of the book we only have Amo. He seems to be the only survivour of a "zombie" apocalypse. Now, he figures that the reason he survived was his illness. I'm not really sure what his illness was, just saying ;) OK, so his illness saved him and he is alone amoung millions of "Zombies". He seems to have everything easy though, plenty of food, passage between buildings etc. He is like this for months when he finally thinks that there must be other survivours. Surely he isn't the only one? So he decides to go on a road trip, all the while documenting his journey so he can show other survivours where he is.
Meanwhile, a girl Amo liked, just happens to survive as well. (How she survived was ridiculous BTW) She doesn't know that Amo is alive and spends months on her own too. She finally finds evidence of him and takes off after him.
I didn't particularly like either of the characters. Amo was OK, at times he was a normal person just trying to survive but other times he seemed to transform into some do gooder and it really didn't work.
Plot wise, while there was some really unique and quirky things to like about this, I found the reason the "zombies" came to be totally and utterly ridiculous!! How in the world could it possibly happen that way, and so bloody quickly?? And if it did happen that way, why was the place nearly deserted when Amo went outside? I liked the fresh take on "Zombies" but there is certain thing they do to a certain someone that made no sense really. If they are unique, and they tasted something for the first time, it would stand to reason they might develop a taste for it, would they not??? Maybe in future books they would, but I don't know. Also, the book dragged a lot at times. I don't think the author needed to go into half the things he did! Finally, the thing that really annoyed me was the change in voice, most of the time it's written in first person for Amo, but suddenly it would change to something else and someone else's POV, with no warning, and would leave me wondering if I was listening to something else!
In all, this wasn't really for me. I might pick up the second one but I'm not sure, I'm still annoyed with how the "zombies" came to be!!! Plus the "zombies" themselves were a big let down in a way. They aren't even really "zombies".
The narration was fine. Sean Patrick Hopkins did a good job with Amo and read it well.
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I really really loved the book, but at the same time, I really didn't love it, if that makes sense. I don't want to say I disliked it or hated it, because that's too extreme. The good parts were awesome. The bad parts were just ridiculously stupid.
If you're like me and love the blood, guts and fear of true zombies, this isn't your book. These aren't zombies at all. So it's like a bait and switch. You look at the cover and are expecting a true zombie book. Nope, you aren't getting that here. This book is like "I Am Legend" except the bloodthirsty mutants are lovable pussycats that just want to cuddle. You end up feeling sorry for them, which is fine, just as long as you're ok with not hating the "zombies" of a zombie book. I ended up really liking this storyline.....it was interesting.
How the "zombies" came to be though, now that was just stupid! The author can write so well and tell a story so complete and thoroughly captivating, but then he adds in something like how this all came to be and I just can't get over it. (I won't give it away in my review.)
I'm giving this book an overall rating of 4 stars. The story gets a 3.5 rating, rounded down to 3. If the cover of the book had been different, it would have helped my rating. That bio-hazard symbol should not be there. This was a very sudden apocalypse. There was no quarantine or anything. It all happened overnight. So that symbol is very misleading. The stumbling zombies on the book, did not happen. These are running, dried and withered people, very similar to the "I Am Legend" creatures in appearance. And if the apocalypse had come about any other way that how it did (still, soooo very stupid) my rating would have been higher. But I'm still stuck on that.
The narration was perfection. 5 stars all around for Mr. Hopkins! <3
I'm looking forward to book 2! Maybe the author can explain "the big bang" to where it's more believable and the idea be more accepted.
This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed the twist in this apocalypse story. I listen to a lot of zombie books and it was nice to hear something different. I wonder how this will continue! The narrator does a great job.
I liked that the zombies were not what they seemed...
The story was original, and I thought the main character, Amo, was very likable.
This was my first performance by Sean Patrick Hopkins, and I thought he did a great job. He had good pacing
Parts of it made me laugh. Have you ever wanted to hug a zombie? :)
I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
Let me start by saying this is a unique and quite different “Zombie” story, and even if you do not like the genre, I think you will enjoy the depth and complexity found in this book. I am not a person who enjoys zombie-themed books and was unsure going into the series if I would complete it or not. I will say I’m glad I did complete it and hope to provide details on why in my review below.
“The Last”, book 1 of the Zombie Ocean series takes the often over used zombie theme and crafts a distinctive tale that I have never experienced in the genre before. I cannot give away too much detail in this review because the story itself contains many surprises making the book special and exciting. The author (Michael John Grist) skillfully takes the reader down what appears a quite familiar zombie path, but one quickly discovers that they have misunderstood the story’s direction. From here, the story continues to grow and get better with every page. The book’s audiobook version is greatly enhanced by Sean Patrick Hopkins’ narration; covered later in the review.
The book is much more than your average zombie message consisting of overly grotesque and violent events occurring on every page, that is not to say the book is boring. However, it may be so different that some readers may be expecting your standard fair going in to it. This may be why some who enjoy the genre stated they did not enjoy this book. One also must consider this is only the first book in an unknown number of books of a series. What is covered in book one of the series appears to be setting things up for much more coming in future books. Book one could be read as a standalone story because many of the plot lines are closed, but there is so much more waiting to be answered so I would not be surprised if people wanted to jump right into book 2, etc.
The best way I can describe the book is a blending of “Last man on Earth”, “Cast Away”, and a little bit of most consistent zombie movies. The book is mostly about one man’s journey and his attempt at survival, but as stated it also contains quite a few twists and turns along the way. There are high times of action and excitement along with a good balance of emotional and relationship and family aspects. The author includes qualities of humor and modern world amenities such as massive multiplayer crafting games, coffee shops on every corner, and even a restaurant robot cat; yes, you read that last part correctly. Two things stuck with me from the book. The first was the saying, “Boring is your bandage” and a conversation involving a diet mayo tuna sandwich; yuck but I grew up with them. You will need to read the book to know the context these are referring too.
I would not recommend this book to younger readers as it contains frequent uses of vulgar language along with scenes containing sex and implied sexual violence. There are also a limited number of scenes of graphic violence, but fewer than I would expect of books in the genre.
As with other books I have listened too narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins, this is what one expects from his works. A professional read audiobook with no issues observed while listening. His pacing of the book was steady and his use of inflection helped clarify times of intense actions or emotion. Mr. Hopkins knows his material well and it shows in his narration. I will continue to keep him on my notification list so I can be alerted when new books are released.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
The premise of the book is fantastic. Going in, I was expecting a typical Walking Dead-style universe. I got something different, unexpected, and very pleasant. This will probably go down as my favorite zombie story. I loved Amo's and Lara's characters, and their struggle was real to me.
The narration was sublime - Mr. Hopkins' performance was exemplary. The writing was superb - this author knows how to write, and describe emotions and scenes with fluid and beautiful brush stokes! Listening was like drinking a fine and well-aged brandy - it just went down so damn well...
Unlike other reviewers, I had no problem swallowing the cause of the outbreak. There's a hidden mystery here that can easily be explored in future books, and even provides a hint that a cure is possible.
A minor quibble: the narrator either refused to perform the accent of an Indian doctor, or felt he couldn't do the part justice, so kept to a general american accent for the part. Maybe the Indian doctor was born in the US and learned English as a first language? Or maybe the narrator felt it would be racist to do the accent? In any case, it provided a slight suspension of reality, jarring me out of the story, and stuck out as a blemish against an otherwise brilliant performance.
This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
Of course because this is just too awesome to not listen to/read again.
There isn't a zombie book to compare this to because it is so unlike the others
He gave the story life and character that it wouldn't have just coming from the pages on their own.
It was really hard to stop listening because i just had to know what happened next.
This book was awesomely written and had great narration by Sean Patrick Hopkins. I loved hearing all the struggles and different turns that the apocalypse took. This was truly awesome world to get sucked up into and everything wasn't at all what I expected. I've read several zombie books but this one is in a category of its own.
I received this book in exchange for a fair review.
This is not the normal zombie survival story and it's a great listen!
Without giving away the plot, think in terms of Zen Zombieism or Existential Zombieism
Okay, I am making up words but like I said this isn't typical, it's a love story, it's an adventure, it's an eye opening realization for the characters that defies normal zombie stories and it works.
A little confusing at the start but as soon as it started to unfold it became amazing.
The story of Amo and Lara is beautiful :)
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