The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders Series #1)
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  • The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders Series #1)

The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders Series #1)

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by Andrew Klavan
     
 

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Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare.

He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things--working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air

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Overview

Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare.

He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things--working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl's number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really?

And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The first young adult novel from Edgar-winner Klavan, which kicks off the Homelanders series, offers fast-paced action sequences, but disappoints with a weak plot. Charlie West is a good student, a black belt at karate and has finally asked out his dream girl. One night, he goes to sleep and wakes up to find himself one year in the future at a secret compound, with no memory of what's happened to him. He manages to escape, and as he evades his former captors. he discovers that he's also a fugitive from the law and has somehow been drawn into an Islamist terrorist conspiracy. Details of the last day Charlie remembers are slowly filled in over the course of his escape, but the most intriguing parts of the novel are the present-day action sequences; although Charlie often gets lucky, he's also very capable of recognizing that luck and taking advantage of opportunities when they arise. Unfortunately, he's never really given any room to grow in his personal beliefs or character, with his certainty that he's always correct consistently getting reinforced throughout. Ages 14-up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Charlie West lived the life of an ordinary teenager—good student, black belt in karate, motivated—until he wakes up strapped in a chair next to a table of blood-splattered instruments of torture. He manages to escape from his unknown captors only to discover that an entire year has passed, of which he remembers nothing. Finding himself pursued by those he perceived as the "good guys," he must run to save himself and to discover the truth. Yet when Charlie learns of a plot to assassinate a government official, he risks all to save a stranger. This first book in the series may lack cohesiveness, but it remains a compelling thriller. The first half unfolds in painstaking, if not excruciating, detail, while the second half speeds to an ending with no real resolution. Readers presumably will have to hope that the sequel will explain more fully this tightly wound mystery. Klavan spends a good deal of time aptly portraying Charlie and other key figures, but some patriotic characters may come across as overzealous and off-putting.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
When high schooler Charlie West wakes up in a torture chamber, the last thing he remembers is a normal day. He escapes the torturers who "look foreign" only to find he's wanted for the murder of his former friend Alex, who'd fallen in with a bad crowd and lost his faith. Captured by the police, Charlie escapes with the help of persons unknown and stops a plot to kill the Secretary of Homeland Security before racing off to clear his name. Edgar winner Klavan's first of a series for teens could not be more of a mess. His idea of high school seems to come entirely from after-school specials, and the characters never rise above cliches. The tension surrounding Charlie's escape in the first half is continually undercut by alternating chapters of told-not-shown memories of his previous life; the ending is not so much a cliffhanger as an abrupt termination of the story in midstream. This jingoistic paranoia might still play in some quarters, but it is to be hoped that its time is passing. Save your thriller dollars for better. (Thriller. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595545862
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Series:
Homelanders Series, #1
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
145,548
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Andrew Klavan is an award-winning writer, screenwriter, and media commentator. The author of internationally bestselling novels True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say a Word, filmed with Michael Douglas, Klavan is also a contributing editor to City Journal, the magazine of the Manhattan Institute. His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies, and literature have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and elsewhere. He lives in Southern California.

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Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
TainterMom More than 1 year ago
I was reading this book before I gave it to my teenage son; but when an injury had him down with ice packs and heating pads, I thought it might relieve his boredom for a little while. He won't give the book back!! He has even turned down playing Xbox when his best friend came over for a visit, and instead started telling him about the book. Now they're both hooked on it. I love it!! The story is fast-paced and sucks you right in. The main character, Charley West, is one that my son and his friends indentifies with and I think he's a great hero for them. Kudos to the author for a great read and thanks for giving my kid something to read that has some good values in it.
Casey88 More than 1 year ago
Ever since I read the summary for this book, I was automatically intrigued. It would be scary to wake up one morning and have no idea what's going on or where you are and how you got there. The Last Thing I Remember was a fantastic thriller! Waking up one morning beaten and tied to a chair, Charlie has no idea who he is or what's happening. The last thing he remembers is going to sleep when he was 16, which was years ago. Charlie's character is quite believable and realistic. He's determined to figure out who he is and who the people chasing him are. He's also very persistent on finding his way home to his parents, even if they are on the other side of the country. Charlie can't trust anyone but himself, which just makes his situation even more dire because how's he going to figure things out when he can't remember anything? The Last Thing I Remember kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire novel. I loved it and can't wait to read the sequel, A Long Way Home. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a good thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it had adventure and times when he would remember Bible scriptures or he would start praying. People just dont write many books like it anymore. Defanitely a 5 star book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series I still have to read the last one. The only thing that got old was the flashbacks because they were so long but they go away in the second book. You will love these.
Riley Blaylock More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. It is kind of a short book, but it is a good one. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you want an exciting teen thriller, look no further. Alex Rider may have finally met his match, Charlie West.
Jami Kleinpeter More than 1 year ago
this is the very best book i have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and its sequels stand as my favorite books to exist and i have read many books. I have the hardcover editions of the entire series because i want it to last forever Usually i would just get it on my nook but this book is so great i couldnt help but pay the extra five dollars I recommend this to people of ages 13 and up because of the occasional harsh language but overall is a great book Highly reccommended by me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv so much cant put it down :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing one!! Absolutely nothing better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything finaly came back to him, in slow, aganising, un-evaneable, and randome flashback like visions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a little boring at the begining , then when he escapes from that prision then it gets crazy and it gets u thinking and wondering bout the nxt scenario
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super awesome suspensful and action packed. At the end get ready to buy the second book, and the others!
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A real suspense. My favorite book I have ever read by far
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Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading in our 8th grade class as a read alloud, super cheesy, way to my near-death expeiances. Would not reccomend.
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It's an awesome book. Very well written! All of it is great! The author hits all the best points.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. If you like this book then read ashes by ilsa j. Bick :)