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Posted June 27, 2012
This book was just…WOW! With it being the writing of author, Rhinannon Frater, I knew that this was going to be an amazing read, but I didn’t expect The Last Bastion of the Living to be this amazing. Action packed and full of emotion, The Last Bastion of the Living did not disappoint.
The book starts off completely full of action and with zombies. From that point, I was already hooked, and I didn’t want to look back. I was ready to fully immerse myself into this world of death, fear, and lost hope.
The writing style of Rhiannon Frater is one that you won’t soon forget. Every detail described, every secret divulged brought me deeper and deeper into this Dystopian world riddled with zombies. The pages, the images, everything played out in my mind like a well-orchestrated movie. Everything from the conversations between the characters, to the action sequence scenes…everything flowed together in perfection.
The book flips back and forth between main protagonist, Vanguard Maria Martinez and her boyfriend, Dwayne Reichardt. Both soldiers in the Bastion Constabulary, they are both hoping that the government for whom they fight for will one day be successful in ridding the world of the Inferi Scourge that plagues the world outside of The Bastion, the last remaining human civilization. With the threat of the depletion of their food storage, the government attempts another push at eliminating the Inferi Scourge, and reclaiming what was once theirs.
Maria is selected as a primary candidate for a secret operation, along with 40 others, who are given an altered variation of the Inferi Scourge virus – making them the very things that they are trained to kill, but without the yearning need to bite and infect. From this point on, everything is go-go-go! Chock full of non-stop action, unbelievable twists and turns, and an ending that will leave you breathless.
A must read for any zombie fan, Rhiannon Frater’s The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel is a book that you will keep you on your toes, take you on an emotional ride, and will be a read that you won’t soon forget.
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Posted April 26, 2014
The Blurb pretty much says it all so I'm not going to rehash it. When I requested this I had an idea of what it was about and what I was expecting from it. Well this totally exceeded my expectations. It was way better than I thought.
Maria is one heck of a heroine. She is smart, loyal, fierce and totally kick ass. Yet she is physically scared and mentally tired. She longs for freedom. I absolutely loved her character. She was a major part of the last great purge of Inferi that failed but was injured. During recuperation she got to know Dwayne, who was her superior during the battle. Both of them found themselves falling for each other. They had to keep their relationship a secret though because they work together. When Maria is called to duty and told that there is a way for her to walk and kill the Inferi without detection and that she is the only hope for humanity , she jumps at the chance to help. What happens next changes her life forever.
Dwayne, even though he is much older than Maria, is her rock. Both of them compliment each other and are perfect together. I loved their relationship. He is strong, loyal, tough but also such a sweetheart. He loves Maria totally and will do anything in his power to help her and keep her safe. When she is sent to the very heart of the lions den he does all he can to help even though she has change. His love for her was strong and true.
The idea of the book was thrilling. Some people lived outside the Bastion but when the gate failed they were either killed or forced to retreat behind the wall. Now they are living with hundreds of thousands Inferi howling for their blood. With resources diminishing they will try anything to wipe out the Scourge and reclaim the valley but will the cost be too high? Are the people in power really out to help the public? Who can Maria trust?
From the get go this book was gripping. You are dropped straight into the action. It was an action packed, suspenseful, breathtaking, thrilling, edge of your seat, rollercoaster of a ride!! The story throws so many twists and shocks your way you never know whats going to happen. The authors style of writing draws you into the story. She paints such vivid details. She doesn't just tells a story, she makes you live the story!! From the unique storyline to the complex characters, you will fall in love with this bleak and desolate world. Id highly recommend.
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Posted December 24, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started reading this book, I was taken aback by all the people we met. I tend to write down the names so I don't forget them, and I wrote down six names in the prologue alone. Once I got past learning about all the people, really only three of the six names were major players in the book, I was sucked in. I did have quite a few thoughts about the relationship between Maria and Dwayne. He's 25 years older than her. He's married. They're keeping their relationship a secret. I wasn't too thrilled about this relationship in the beginning.
Maria volunteers to go on a mission to try to eradicate the Scrags. Scrags are pretty much zombies created from a virus; however, we have different types of Scrags in this story. We have the Scrags that bite to infect, the Scrags that eat people, and then the Scrags that are intelligent and direct the other Scrags. Needless to say, Maria isn't given all the facts of this mission. She isn't told that she's volunteered to be a guinea pig for a new version of the virus, and I'm sure there's a lot more being kept from her. Maria is upset, but she's determined to fight the Scrags any way possible and makes the most of her new status. Maria chooses what to believe. It's obvious that things are being kept from her, but she chooses to believe the leaders of her mission. At this point all I can do is shake my head an wonder about her self-preservation, she seems to have none.
Maria keeps in contact with Dwayne secretly, and he does some sleuthing of his own to find out what's going on. He's very supportive of Maria. Even though he has bad vibes about her mission, he still supports her. Okay, I'll admit he does seem perfect for Maria.
Finally the action starts. It seemed to take quite a bit to build to this action. Maria's squad is sent to close the gate around the Bastion and to take out the 4 million Scrags outside the city. It seems a little farfetched to me. You've got roughly 40 people against 4 millions zombies. I suppose the way it's told in the book, it works.
I'm going to stop with my recap here and leave you hanging. Let's just say that the rest of the book had me at the edge of my seat. It was action packed and had so many twists and turns. I'm still not sure who the good guys and who the bad guys are. I loved it. Rhiannon is now one of my authors to read. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
Reviewed by Tracy
Posted December 17, 2014
Right from the very first page I was dragged into the action and didn’t want to put this book down until I had consumed every last word on the page.
For starters, the main characters – and especially those of Maria and Dwayne – are rich with detail and the reader instantly becomes enthralled in their battle. None of the characters in this story are perfect, some of them come close, while others are fantastically flawed and keep the reader guessing as to what their true intents are, so there is a rich diversity maintained throughout this book.
Rhiannon Frater has bought a despondent post apocalypse to the pages of this novel, and it is certainly something to be relished. While plenty of dystopian novels manage to portray a certain amount of hardship to their characters, none I’ve read so far have hit home quite like Frater’s work. There is an honesty to her post apocalyptic world that is refreshing to see and makes their struggles for a better world much more plausible.
There were a few moments in this book where I start off thinking a concept or action is completely unbelievable. However, Rhiannon’s gift for storytelling soon has me believing every damn word. So kudos to the author for this!
The only real gripe I had with this novel was the term ‘scrag’. Rhiannon uses it the way Robert Kirkman uses ‘walkers’ instead of zombies. To me, personally, it just never quite feels like a word that fits the description properly. And, honestly, I think this might just been a sentiment inflicted because I am Australian and the term scrag is used constantly to describe a woman who is akin to a slut.
Overall, I am giving The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater 5 out of 5 stars!
Posted November 25, 2013
**I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley from Indi Inked in exchange for an honest review. In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions voiced here. I did not get paid in any way to write this review.**
I had forgotten how much I love stand alone books! It's so nice to end a book and have everything tied up nicely with all my questions answered. I was reminded of this with The Last Bastion of The Living. Unless Rhiannon Frater changes her mind it is very much a stand alone novel and I LOVED it!
The world that the story takes place in is one where a zobie-esque virus has wiped out much of the population. The humans remaining have one last hope (even if they don't know it's happening) that lies with a special ops team lead by our MC, Maria. I loved Maria, she's fierce and independent, and she totally knows how to handle herself. When she volunteers for the top secret mission she thinks she knows what she's getting herself into. That's her first mistake and from that moment on the plot twists and turns throwing one surprise after another until you're dying to know what's going to happen!
The author does a great job of world building and her characters are anything but shallow. She paints a vivid picture of everything that is going on around Maria while she is out in the field. Frater has created monsters that are frightening yet still hold a touch of humanity. In the end the creatures Frater has created turn terrifying.
The ONLY thing I had a problem with was the fact that Maria's love interest was named DWAYNE (I mean seriously?! That name is not what I think of when I think hot, interesting love interest!) and the fact that he was 25 years her senior, EW. But that comes with it being more of an adult novel rather than a YA novel. It also didn't bug me past first finding out about it.
The ending was simply beautiful. I seriously wish all books could end as nicely as the one created by Frater. Like I said things are wrapped up nicely but still left room for the reader to have a little imagination with where the characters go from there.
Overall The Last Bastion Of The Living was an exciting thrill ride. One that I will definitely read again.
Posted November 17, 2013
I have to admit, I was drawn to this book by its cover and decided to pass because it was “zombies”. Although I don't mind zombies once in a while, I'm not a big zombie fan...I was asked to read and review this book for a book tour. Deciding to give it a shot, I'm so glad I did!!!
I flat out loved The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel! It is a nail biting, fresh, futuristic, roller coaster that will have you riveted to the pages.
Vanguard Maria Martinez is a guard for the Bastion, the last living strong hold of humans. A virus has converted most of humanity into zombie like creatures that only crave to spread their virus by a bite. She is tired of her life behind the walls, all except for the time she spends with Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary (city guard). But they are keeping their relationship a secret because Dwayne is going through a divorce and he is a commanding officer over Maria.
Things are not going well for the Bastion, they are experiencing power failures, shortages and they need to expand the strong hold to include the farming areas they lost by a gate failure.
Maria is offered a chance to work with the Science Warfare Division to finally get a chance to destroy the Inferi Scourge (Zombies) that have taken the valley and close the gate. She jumps at the chance but might loose everything she holds dear.
Maria and Dwayne have an amazing love story. Although they are apart for most of the book, they share a bond that can not be broken. Dwayne gives Maria the backing, love and support she needs to be the amazing solider and heroine she is while fighting to protect her the only way he can.
The plot twists and turns are accented by brilliantly bloody action and amazing deceptions that will blow you away. The political mechanization will astound you.
I know Rhiannon Frater wrote The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel as a stand alone, but I would love for more!!!
The Last Bastion of the Living is a shocking, fresh, post apocalyptic master piece.
I received this copy of The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel from Rhiannon Frater - Indie Inked in exchange for a honest review. Visit Tome Tender Book Blog November 29, 2013 for a Black Friday Book Blitz and Giveaway highlighting The Last Bastion of the Living.