the last man by tobias wade (book 1)
genre: YA, fantasy, romance
synopsis: Farris did not believe in the old stories. Grandmother Rochette spoke of such strange things: monsters and magic and impossible heroes who could only exist in legend. But when Tom, her little brother, is kidnapped by the same monsters Grandmother spoke of, Farris is forced to change her view of reality in order to save him.
Following Tom and his captors sends Farris below the crust of the earth, where layer after layer of new worlds await. She travels both within the mind and without, taking a path of harrowing adventure and personal enlightenment as she tries to free Tom. Unlikely companions join her, from her faithful goat Bumble to Gloria the magical fish, a seemingly trustworthy dweller of the Brass City, and Sasha … a man who knows far more about her than he should.
*i received this book in exchange for an honest review*
when i received this book, it sounded interesting, so i downloaded it onto my phone right away so i could read it anytime. however, i found that it was somewhat difficult to get into, and the story didn’t really pull me in. i wasn’t a fan of the narration, and i found the main character, farris, to be slightly annoying. i did like some of the other characters, and the relationships and interactions between them and farris were interesting to read. one thing that i did notice is that farris actually seemed to change over the course of the book, and i think the character development was pretty well done.
in fantasy novels, i always usually look closely at the world building. there were several fantasy elements in this book, but i thought that a lot of them weren’t explained very well. i was confused about many things, and some just seemed kind of out of context. i’m hoping that there’s more explanation/backstory in the next book, which i actually will read if i get the chance. the ending of the book left off with the story clearly unfinished, but without creating too much of a cliffhanger. i’m not DYING to read book 2, but i am curious to find out what happens to the characters.
my biggest problem with this book was the writing style, which i wasn’t a fan of. however, as the story progressed, i kind of got used to it. i did like that it was easy to understand without being overly simple.
overall, this book wasn’t bad, but i didn’t love it.
this book was just released on february 1, so if it interests you, definitely go check it out!