LAST ONE AT THE PARTY
It’s December 2023 and the world as we know it has ended.
The human race has been wiped out by a virus called 6DM (‘Six Days Maximum’ – the longest you’ce got before your body destroys itself>
But somehow, in London, one woman is still alive. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants, hiding how she feels and desperately trying to fit in. A woman who is entirely unprepared to face a future on her own.
Now, with only an abandoned golden retriever for company, she must travel through burning cities, avoiding rotting corpses and ravenous rats on a final journey to discover if she really is the last surviving person on earth.
And with no one else to live for, who will she become now that she’s completely alone?
Do not be fooled by the bright pretty colours and funky font on the cover. This is NOT a fun story!
It is hideous and gruesome and very, very scary. Scary because, given the last 12 months we’ve all experienced, it feels as though this could actually happen.
Now I actually work in Funeralcare, so you may imagine that I have come across a deceased person or two who are…er…a tad ripe. But Clift’s depictions of rotting corpses and piles of the dead managed to turn even my stomach. And that was ok. Because if a story doesn’t provoke a reaction it isn’t worth reading.
There are lighter moments within the story, and they are very welcome! Our lone survivor finds herself a canine companion too which provides for some additional heart warming moments.
I couldn’t read this story without thinking, what would I do? Would I be strong enough to attempt to survive? You know, I don’t think I would. As much as I do appreciate my alone time I don’t think I could tolerate only myself 24/7.
I highly recommend this book. Not only is it original, well written and highly topical, it actually makes you realise we don’t have it so bad after all.
I purchased my copy of Last One at the Party from https://bertsbooks.co.uk/ Signed copies were available, if you get in quick you may get lucky!