I was intrigued by the description of this book –
“Jim, the only human still alive in the universe, lives his life on a small escape pod orbiting a black hole, where he survives by replicating himself and eating his clones. Before eating one of his duplicates, he entertains his meal by recounting the story of how he got here and how he managed to survive.”
That was all I needed to read before agreeing to give this book a review – which was sent to me for free by the author for an honest review. Honestly, I enjoyed the book – even when it was grossing me out.
This book has some twisted themes, so it’s not for the faint-of-heart. However, the disturbing things aren’t throughout the entire book so you can rest assured that you won’t spend the entire time on the verge of nausea.
I like that we get taken on a storied journey about how Jim ends up being the only human still alive. It gives the story its bones. It makes it an interesting read that keeps you flipping from page-to-page, not wanting to put the book down.
I definitely recommend The Last Feast to anyone that likes science fiction tales.
The Crescent Stone is a tale that will take you to strange lands, where you’ll meet strange people (both good and bad), you’ll find out what makes a girl have to choose between living her life with her family or fulfilling a promise to fight for strangers in a strange land.
Mostly, this book is the story of Madeline Oliver, a girl with a lung disease that is killing her. Then, it’s also about her “friend” (they were lab partners) Jason. It’s about the land of the Elenil and their fight against the Scim warriors, as well.
What I Loved About This Book
I don’t speak that word loosely – I LOVED this book. I really enjoyed the world that Mikalatos created within these pages. His details are amazing, though most of the detail revolves around the many races of people within the story. So many different types of people (creatures?). You feel like you’re inside the story.
The story is well-written, keeping you hooked from page to page. There were nights when I found this book hard to put down. What kept me reading was a need to know what would happen with Madeline. Her friend Jason is a bit of a “wild card,” and seems to be causing issues for her every chance he gets – so you’re left continually wondering which of his “pranks” are going to cost Madeline her life.
In the end, though, Madeline is able to make her own choice about life and death.
This book didn’t make me cry, but it had the potential, and I bet future tales will bring tears.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.