Set against the gritty apocalypse that began in Peeps, The Last Days is about five teenagers who find themselves creating the soundtrack for the end of the world.
©2006 Scott Westerfeld; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA
"The dialogue is crisp and clear and alternately funny and biting....It's a real winner." (School Library Journal)
The narration was great. The story was not. I found Westerfeld through his Uglies series. This series of modern day vampires is confusing, slow, and overall weird. It's an interesting concept but between this and Peeps, I couldn't keep interest. I love his writing style and I think it didn't shine through in this lack luster story.
I read for pleasure and knowledge. I listen to audio books to keep my hands and mind busy. Reading tendencies for travel, adventure, mystery and swashbuckling are coupled with audio tendencies specific sound spectrums in narrators, somewhat limiting the audio shelves.
This is the first Westerfeld novel to which I have listened. I found it rollicking fun and an excellent escapist romance (in the chivalric sense of the word). From a distance, the premise is simple (music is the staff of life), but the presentation is complex (societal collapse). The author weaves plague, vampire, and scientific mythology throughout the story, along with his apparent love of guitar driven music. In fact, one of the aspects of the book which was most enjoyable was the character's interaction with music, and how the drastic changes to the environment around them (a plague, city abandonment, military rule) effected their relationship to each other and the music. They protagonists are teenagers, and somewhat lack in empathy and awareness. Nonetheless, they are compelling in their various reasons for being where they when their world changes. Another aspect which made the novel enjoyable was the use of place as a character. Authors and filmmakers love to destroy New York City. This novel was able to do so with gritty aplomb without a major natural disaster.
The narrators characterize each individual very well. They are able to make each one shine as it's own individual entity.
I would because the story is interesting but I feel like there are many better books that follow the same idea on the market right now.
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