Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Steven at Hodder for my copy and for the invite to join the tour. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
THE END OF EVERYTHING WAS HER BEGINNING
It’s November 2023. The human race has been wiped out by the 6DM virus (Six Days Maximum – the longest you’ve got before your body destroys itself). The end of the world as we know it.
Yet someone is still alive. Alone in a new world of burning cities, rotting corpses and ravenous rats, one woman has survived. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants and hiding how she feels to meet other people’s expectations. From her career to her relationships, to what she wears and where she lives, she’s made a lifetime of decisions to fit what other people want her to be.
But with no one else left, who will she become now that she’s completely alone?
I’ll start by saying that I wasn’t quite sure where to begin with my review for Last One at the Party. When I sat down to write it, I knew that I didn’t want to give too much away. There is so much that happens in this book and it really is worth discovering and experiencing it all for yourself. From the very first page this book well and truly caught my attention. Although I did have to take a couple of breaks in certain places so I could process the story. This is mainly down to the broad range of emotions I felt while reading. Which ranged from sadness with full on tears to smiling and finding humour a few pages later.
Last One at the Party centres around an unnamed female who finds herself in the desperate situation of being the last one left alive after a vicious virus has ravaged the world. The reader really does get a front row seat and experiences everything with the narrator. We see all of the terrible moments but also get to feel the highs of the good moments too. Let’s just say that I was taken on such a vivid and unexpected journey. We see this character’s reflections on the past and their day to day life as they try to make their way in this new world. I was gripped as they made mistakes and let’s just say there are a few. However I really can’t say anything because you know what I’m really not sure I would cope much better!
Let’s talk about the unnamed character. You know what?! I loved her. Maybe not necessarily from the beginning because she definitely had her flaws but I do love a flawed character. They always manage to make things so much more interesting and add an important realistic edge. After all no one is completely perfect! This character with her honesty and matter of fact way of discussing things really helped to make me care for her. By the end I felt like she was a friend and I was actually pretty sad to turn those final pages.
I have to mention that as you can imagine this book is a hard read at times. I mentioned the emotional side already. Then add in the subject matter and I’m sure this book will really evoke some strong feelings just like it did for me. Whether it was from reading the descriptions or my own imagination going into overdrive. What I took from this book was how one person faced her fears, her worst nightmares and the loneliness of her situation. Maybe making a few errors along the way but plodding on anyway. Last One at the Party is for sure a strong and powerful book. In fact both the story and the character will stay with me for quite some time!