The Last Exodus Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Earth lies in ruins in the aftermath of an extraterrestrial invasion, the land devastated by a desperate war with no winners between mankind and a race of vicious, intelligent creatures. The seas are drying up while the atmosphere corrodes and slowly cooks any life remaining on the now desolate rock. Food is scarce, trust even more so, and the only people left alive all have done horrific things to stay that way.
Among the few survivors is Lucas, an ordinary man hardened by the last few years after the world's end. He's fought off bandits, murderers, and stranded creatures on his long trek across the country in search of his family, the one thing that drives him to outlive his dying planet. What he finds instead is hope, something thought to be lost in the world. There's a ship buried in a crater wall. One of theirs. One that works. To fly it, Lucas must join forces with a traitorous alien scientist and a captured, merciless raider named Asha. But unless they find common ground, all will die, stranded on a ruined Earth.
Combining gritty post-apocalyptic survival and epic space opera, The Last Exodus is the beginning of a new action-packed science fiction adventure where the future of the human race depends on its survivors leaving the past behind.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 32 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 02, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #169,197 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,423 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,053 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,738 in Adventure Science Fiction
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This is the start of a series: "The Earthborn Trilogy Book 1."
The basic story is classic sci/fi: an alien invasion (from space -- not Mexico!), a no-holds-barred war, and an exodus from earth by three human survivors aided by a friendly alien.
The cast of characters is small: Lucas and Asha, hardened twenty-something survivors, a child they call "Noah," and an alien creature named "Alpha." Oh - and an evil alien boss named "Omicron." Earth is destroyed and the pitiful survivors are doomed to die. Alpha offers to take them to a habitable planet in a distant solar system.
What I Liked:
The author is a good writer in that he has put together an interesting tale. The few characters are all believable. They have strengths and weaknesses and are continually adapting, growing, and learning. The dialogue is natural-sounding. There is a rather tasteful sex scene and a minimum of salty language. If this deserves an "R" rating it is for violence and not sex. The ending was well-handled. Clearly, there is more to be told in a following tale, yet the novel ends in a satisfying way. Editing, while not perfect, is well above average.
What I Did Not Like:
I suppose that this is my own fault. The book blurb was clear that Earth is doomed. I picked up the book knowing that. But when it became clear that Earth is REALLY doomed and that every living thing, including cockroaches, is going to die--well, I did not like that. Really. Did. Not. Like.
Yes, three people survive. But that is it. This is dystopian with a capital "D"!! I was actually surprised at the strength of my negative reaction. This book is dark. Very Dark.
I was not enchanted by Lucas and Asha, either. They seemed to have lost their humanity and spend a good part of the book killing the few human survivors without mercy. The only moral scruple they seem to have left is that they refuse to commit cannibalism. I warmed up to them very gradually.
Be aware, though, that nobility and selflessness do not kick in very much. Though there are signs of human kindness in the latter chapters, they were a long time in coming. What I am saying is that this book is much darker than the classic space opera from the golden age of sci/fi.
One reviewer pointed out several logical impossibilities. I can confirm that they are there, but they did not spoil the read.
If you have the fortitude to endure a dark, dark, dystopian novel where good news is in short supply, then you might find this to your liking. I am not sorry that I read the book. But if I had understood how I was going to react I would have passed it by. It is a worthy tale, but not for the faint of heart.
- Several mysteries are introduced and revealed in short order. This is a bit of a letdown. Want to know what is in mysterious box A? Don't worry, it will be revealed in about 3 chapters.
- I might be alone in this, but I wouldn't have minded if the book had spent more time on post-apocalyptic Earth. The sci-fi adventure angle gets up and running pretty quickly. It's a good angle but it is hard to resonate with the plight of Earth when we spend so little time there.
- I'm speculating, but Paul seems to have really wanted to keep the cast tight, so pretty much every other character they meet is evil. This strikes me as a bit of overkill but understandable from a plot point.
- Also, the big reveal at the end fell flat for me as I feel the book did not focus on setting up that mystery well. Basically, I felt like the book answered a question I wasn't particularly asking.
Alright, quibbles aside, this is a book worth reading. Especially for a first entry, it is just an entertaining read and I could easily see this book being made into a movie, and a good one. The interactions between the characters have to be one of the best facets of the book and you will find yourself rooting for them to get out of increasingly difficult situations. If anything, Paul has set the bar high for the sequel as by the end of the book the characters have already overcome quite a lot and also made some serious character development strides. It is the kind of book that keeps you turning the pages and wondering what will happen next and that is the best kind.
To the reviewers which criticize by stating "Oh, another alien invasion, post-apocalypse story..." I have to say "That's the sub-genre(s) of this story!" Hey - with any genre stories it's kind of like music... when it comes right down to it, there aren't any rock songs these days that haven't essentially already been written many times before, so what counts is the INTERPRETATION. The stylistic spin. The execution. The twist. The detail. The tone.
One complaint, however. I bought this book and its unknown (to me) author when it was offered on a deal for $1.99. After reading it and deciding I'd go for the next book in the series, I see its follow-on is $9.99. That's quite a jump. Especially for an author of Mr. Tassi's current stature. If the remaining books were, say, a more usual $4.99 I'd be all over them, but as it stands I'll be waiting until the price moves to a more reasonable level. BTW, that cost (bad pun) the review its fifth star.
Top reviews from other countries
I was going to buy the second book in the series immediately after finishing this one but I refuse to pay over £9 for an electronic book. Please don't rip off enthusiastic readers!