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The Last Reader: A Post Apocalyptic Tale (Perfectible Animals) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Norwood

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Book Description

Sam lives beyond the fence, in the de-reg zone. Here, children trawl rubbish dumps for food and gangs rule the streets.

There are no schools, no libraries, hardly any books. But Sam wants one thing - to learn to read.

One day, he finds a book in the rubbish dump, and asks the only person he knows who can read, Old Man David, to help him learn.

Old Man David wants something in return, though. Is Sam willing to pay the price?

This is a short story based in the same world as Thomas Norwood's novel, Perfectible Animals.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 183 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Global Activision Limited (15 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GOZ3NC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,906 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ~~Year 2069~~ 12 Mar. 2014
By A Navy Vet...VT town - Published on
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Sam, a young boy, lives in a De-reg zone and digs through the refuse for items to eat or sell. This is his story about finding a book and wanting to learn how to read it. The year is 2069 and computers are now built into brains...

Sam must find someone that will teach him to read. And, Old Man David does assist him.

As the title suggests, the story continues on in "Perfectible Animals".

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Perfectible Animals. Can't wait to read the full-length novel! 18 Feb. 2014
By Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress - Published on
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Although the story would benefit from showing instead of telling us about Sam, his mother, and the other characters, I found this an enjoyable introduction to Thomas Norwood's writing.

Understand, there are points about this short story that are a challenge to get one's head around, but there certainly is a good premise and a solid plot. Of course, it is difficult to write a short story while trying to develop characters and provide sufficient detail to ease a reader's suspension of disbelief.

I would go into more detail about the issues, but I don't want to spoil what is an excellent, well-written, well-edited story.

I certainly enjoyed the story enough to buy the full-length novel. Be watching for my review of that in the future.

In summary, I found The Last Reader to be an interesting installment that entices me to buy Perfectible Animals.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another smashing good story from Thomas Norwood 19 Dec. 2013
By Avatheps - Published on
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It's a short story, but one that you will devour and want more of the same. It is set in the not too distant future and revolves around a boy named Sam. Sam lives in a third world type of community, the "have nots" if you will, in a giant dump complex. People there scrounge through the trash that is dumped there from the other side of the fence where the wealthy "Haves" live. They exist by selling items they find to others and gathering food for themselves. One day Sam finds a book, which is unheard of in this time except in rare cases. He is determined to learn how to read it and begins a search for someone still living that can teach him. This search brings him ultimately to Old Man David. I will leave you to the rest of the story because I hate to be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that if you are fast becoming a Thomas Norwood fan, you will have to get this story ASAP. If you have not read anything by Mr Norwood yet, give yourself an Early Christmas gift and get this book or "The Perfectible Animals". You will be glad you did. Kudos Tom. Keep up the fantastic work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read!! 4 Feb. 2015
By Jodie Daniels - Published on
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This was an excellent book, which shows what is already happening in our world. It is this, people don't READ anymore! Most children, and especially teens, think reading is boring. They are too addicted to being spoon-fed ideas and stories via movies, book-form comic books and the internet. It is sad to me, as reading has always been my favorite past-time, but I digress. The Last Reader shows a preview of what our society may become when/if the grid goes down. How our society is based on conveniences and what it might be like without those things. One factor would be the loss of the ability to read. As portrayed in the book, a skill restricted only to the elderly and a secret capacity at that.
Once a person learns to read and is able to think both abstractly critically, to form their own ideas, they become "different" from our society, even as it exists today. For instance, being aware that the news media spins events into what they would like for them to be, rather what they are in reality. For example, the immediate news reports from Sandy Hook, blaming the "tea baggers" or right wing militia groups. The same for the DC snipers. What happened to getting the FACTS before reporting them? Very few people now a days are capable of reading information about political candidates and developing their own ideas: easier just to swallow the political commercials and be fed what the political parties want you to believe. These are examples of where we are currently undergoing. Imagine if for whatever reason, as The Last Reader does, that we are propelled back to a society similar to the 1800's. Who is capable of surviving that? Who has the ability to build things, search for wild food, raise animals for food? Not many of the urban population can even begin to imagine how to do these things. Without books, how will they ever learn? I LOVE my Kindle, but without the grid what would it be worth after the battery dies?? All food for thought that the Last Reader brings to the fire-front. EXCELLENT and thought provoking read!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Glimpse Into An Interesting Post-Apocalyptic Society 27 Jan. 2014
By Dr.Gonzo - Published on
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This is a fun story set in a world of the "haves" and the "have-nots." A young man is rummaging through the dump when he finds a book. He decides to go see Old Man David with the hope of being taught how to read. Old Man David agrees, but he has conditions.

How will the boy fulfill Old Man David's terms? Will he learn to read?

I really enjoyed the imagery presented in this tale, especially the dump scene. The author has created an interesting world here. However, I found the conclusion of the "conflict" to be a little too convenient. Otherwise it was an enjoyable read and I happily award it 4 stars.

Recommended, especially for fans of Post Apocalyptic fiction.
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