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

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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 force pilot, writing a pretty girl's number on his hand. ...

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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?

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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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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: 6/8/2010
  • Series: Homelanders Series , #1
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 100,282
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Klavan is a bestselling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the best-selling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa. Website: www.andrewklavan.com Twitter: @andrewklavanFacebook: aklavan

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

    My son won't give it back!

    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.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    a Knock-Your-Socks-Off Thriller

    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.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Its ok....

    The book I read was "The Last Thing I Remember" by Andrew Klavan. Now the story was good, and there were a few surprises. But over all I wasn't amazed. It was simply "ok". I wouldn't read it again. But that's only for me! I like books that give me a real surprise, that make me sit on the edge of my seat. That makes you THINK you know what's going on until the last chapter, and the surprise almost slaps you in the face. I told my teacher that I like murder mystery stories, and that I liked surprises. She handed me this book, and after I was done I was like "OK."
    I wasn't amazed, or crying, or telling my family every last detail. The biggest (and basically only) surprise was that it was a year later in his life that he didn't remember. That was it, and it gave me no emotion. I was curious to see what happened, but I wasn't ENVOLVED. I don't really want to read the second book. They are words on a page, and not a book that pulls you in.
    Don't get me wrong; it wasn't a bad book. No no, it was good. It was written good, and I never put it down and said "KILL ME." It was good, but not captivating. And that's my review :)

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Amazing

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Boo!

    Loved it almost as i love obama

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Read this

    Shut the f*** up bad comment people because its a good read

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great!!!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Suspense!!

    This book is an amazing one!! Absolutely nothing better!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Amazing book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    the best!

    this is the very best book i have ever read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Fast-Paced

    Author Andrew Klavan has been hailed by authors such as Stephen King and is the recipient of two Edgar Awards. Other titles include: True Crime, Don't Say A Word, and Empire of Lies.
    Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare. Covered in blood and bruises while strapped to a chair, Charlie tries to think of the last thing he can remember. He was a high school teenager practicing karate, doing homework, and dreaming of being an air force pilot. Where is he now? Who is he really? Most importantly, how was he going to get out of this room alive, because the stranger's voice outside the door just ordered his death!
    Listed as Book One in The Highlander Series, this YA novel is told in first-person point-of-view. There were a lot of things in this book worth mentioning. I loved that Charlie kept a Churchill quote in his pocket. This book addresses the poor choices teenagers can make and the drastic outcome, as well as the pivotal shining moments that one remembers all their life. This is a fast-paced book to keep you glued and very well-written. The ending may disappoint and leave you hanging, but the next book, The Long Way Home, is coming soon.
    Recommended!

    Kelly Moran,
    Author and Reviewer

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Best Book to be Written

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    LUV IT :-)

    I luv so much cant put it down :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Horrible book

    It was allright at first, it takes a while get into it and my biggest comment is that this is the most racist book i have ever read. Seriously, islamists? Why not hispanics or asians? Just because someone does something means that automatically the whole religion follows it. Horrible book. Wouldnt read it again if my life depended on it.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Not a great book

    An ok read but skimmed through a lot of it

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    The last thing i read.

    This book has an overall good plot. However it takes a long time to get into. If you want a book that will pull you in from the begining, this is not it.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great!!

    This book is great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    T love ll

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Love it!

    Super awesome suspensful and action packed. At the end get ready to buy the second book, and the others!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Amazing

    A real suspense. My favorite book I have ever read by far

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