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A simple tale...in fact, a bit too simple.
on 3 April 2012
First off, this book's premise and plot aren't its biggest problems. The 'last man alive' idea is a great one, and is always going to draw readers in however many times it's been done before, and the plot, although low-key, has just enough (mostly believable) drama to keep you reading. The book's biggest problems for me were its very simplistic style of writing - lots of short sentences consisting of 'he did this' followed by 'he then did that', and the lack of character development - the protagonist is the same person at the end of the book as he was at the start: calm, resourceful, and, sadly, pretty dull. Add to that some annoying, rambling, digressions from the plot early on in the book, the fact that some of the main character's abilities and activities stretch credulity to breaking point (is there anything he can't do?), and the fact that the book badly needed proof-reading and some serious editing before it was released, and you end up with a mixed bag. Still, it kept me reading to the end, hence the three stars.
If, on the other hand, you want to take it as a manual of what you should do if you happen to find yourself in a similar situation, four stars.