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I was intrigued by the title at first which for some reason made me think 50's pulp sci-fi (no idea why, it just did) then the blurb struck me as a rather unique concept and one that I certainly hadn't encountered before, it whetted my curiosity just enough to buy it. I must admit, at this point I still didn't think it was going to be my kind of thing and as apparently it's a first novel by a new author I did have some reservations.
To find that not only is it well written and articulate came as a pleasant surprise but the way the author "drip-feeds" each characters story to the reader is brilliantly and tortuously done. The characters are unique to the story yet all have something "familiar" about them if you've read or watched enough "end-of-the-world" scenarios. I was wracking my brains trying to spot the inspiration for each one and I think I got a couple.
There are some nice little quirks in the science too (easier to explore parallel dimensions than to travel to the stars) and a nice little insight into the politics of the parallel universe in which these survivors find themselves. Being able to hop dimensions at will doesn't apparently get you around basic economics or instantly make you a race of enlightened beings acting out of pure altruism.Read more ›
This is the premise behind Paul Hardy's highly original novel The Last Man on Earth Club. Exploration teams fan out from the world they call The Hub to visit its doppelgängers. All too often they find disaster: war, genocide and natural cataclysm. The Hub becomes a magnet for refugees and survivors. Among them are six unique individuals, the last members of their respective races. They are gathered together to undergo therapy.
One of the things that makes this book so readable is its clinical approach. It begins as a collection of documents: reports from contact teams and transcripts of individual and group therapy sessions in which the six - all in their different ways severely damaged - introduce themselves and their home worlds. Gradually these merge into a first person account by the therapist (herself a refugee from an Earth that sounds uncomfortably like our own). There are plenty of dramatic twists and revelations, but the measured tone of her voice holds all the threads together.
Hardy has obviously researched his subject (in a note at the end of the book he recommends several works on post-traumatic stress disorder and "post-disaster psychological aftercare") but he carries his studies lightly and there is no sense of undigested theory. On the contrary, the characters are marvellously strong and varied, as are the layers of guilt they conceal.
He has put together a cocktail of sf scenarios which genre fans will love: nuclear devastation, environmental collapse, AI wars, genetic manipulation, plagues of zombies, the lot.Read more ›
The more I read, the more it seemed like some sort of Guardian columnist's fantasy. Regardless of where you stand on some of the issues covered (imperialism, religion, race, gender relations), it is no fun to be lectured at by someone with nothing new to say, whether you agree in principle or not. Seems like an opportunity wasted by a too much subtle-as-a-brick polemicising.
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This story is about what happens after - after the lone survivors are rescued. A small group of these survivors are gathered together for therapeutic treatment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the book and the characters were interesting. I would've liked to have been told more of the individual's stories not just flashbacks through the therapyPublished on 15 Aug. 2014 by Indigoclouds
Easy page turner - a novel read. Identifiable and well developed characters with a well paced, layered plot.
Normally I wouldn't read something like this, but I'm glad I did. Well played, and I'm hopeful for more from the same universe(s).Published on 9 Dec. 2012 by Vincent Wooll
A therapy group for the last remaining individuals of their species... The Last Man on Earth Club is set in a future where we have discovered, and are able to travel to parallel... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book is original, very well written and I enjoyed it hugely. As some of the other reviews state it is not a normal 'thriller' but the story is gripping and makes you want to... Read morePublished on 2 July 2012 by mobucl
"The Last Man on Earth Club" by Paul R. Hardy is a thoroughly enjoyable and dark read that should really appeal to anyone who has an interest in apocalyptic scenarios. Read morePublished on 4 April 2012 by Killie
Six people, each one the last survivor of their race or world, all victims of apocalypse, genocide, bizarre or horrific occurrences. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2012 by Tabbygray
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