A dystopian thriller about a fiery and indigenous Aussie rebel battling the Xirfell rulers – along with his own internal demons…
Dystopian/speculative fiction for readers of sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers and dystopian fiction. Aimed at readers of novels by Neil Gaiman, J.G. Ballard (or Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go)
It is the 23rd century. Aiden, imprisoned, stares up into a tiny square of sky. A prominent member of the rebellion, he expects to be executed. Aiden is battling the Xirfell rulers, whose King oppresses many planets, the Earth
But the Xirfell have executed their king and installed a new ruler. The populace riots. Amid the tumult, Aiden is sworn in, the leader he’s always longed to be. Never one to fit in, he must re-discover himself, as an indigenous Australian, as a fighter, as a lover – and as a leader.
Last Star Standing by Spaulding Taylor is an intriguing dystopian thriller with scifi elements. It was compelling and entertaining, and kept me interested from beginning to end.
I really enjoyed the main character, Aiden. I feel he brought a lightness to this story, even though he’s a quite serious character. He’s fighting to save the world, and he feels like a real, live human. The writing of this character pushed this novel forward.
The world building is quite intense in a good way. There are lots of creatures, unusual names, and places to learn. Spaulding Taylor did a great job putting this all together in a cohesive way.
I enjoyed Last Star Standing. This is definitely my type of read and I would recommend giving it a shot.
*I received a free copy of this book from Random Things Tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All Opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Alice McVeigh (writing as Spaulding Taylor) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Southeast Asia. After surviving her teenage years in McLean, Virginia, and achieving an undergraduate degree in cello performance at the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music, she came to London to study cello with William Pleeth. There she worked for over a decade with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique. Alice was first published in the late 1990s when her two contemporary novels (While the Music
Lasts and Ghost Music) were published by Orion to critical acclaim.
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