Monday, August 4, 2014

Audiobook Review: The Last Bastion of the Living

About the Book
The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel
Title: The Last Bastion of the Living
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction, Horror
As long as the undead hordes of the Inferi Scourge howl outside the dying city, the last remaining humans struggle to survive inside The Bastion. Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls. Her only refuge from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages is in the arms of Officer Dwayne Reichardt. Then Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge and reclaim the land and resources in the valley beyond the wall. If she succeeds, the city may be saved.
But if she fails, humanity faces extinction…

About the Author
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

My Review of The Last Bastion of the Living
Rhiannon Frater has delivered again this time with a futuristic Sci-fi novel with zombies or Inferi Scourge as they are known in the Last Bastion of the Living. The Last Bastion of the Living is a mind blowing story, but from Rhiannon Frater I have come to expect nothing less. The Last Bastion of the Living also does not slowly build to the action; it throws you right into the middle of it. Of course, the action packed opening had me hooked right away, even as the story slowed down before building up again. 

While the Last Bastion of the Living is not always so action packed, there is always an underlying tension from just surviving and the feeling of unknown secrets. As the story’s actions starts to build back up again, I knew I could not stop listening until I got to the very end. Trust me when I say that Last Bastion of the Living is nothing  like any book you have read before, and if nothing else just for that it is a must read. 

The number one issue I have seen about this audiobook is the lack of emotion from the narrator. While at first it did take some getting used to after coming from an audio with a more emotional narrator. I think that the narrator was the right choice for this particular novel, because with more subtle emotion changes in the narration the story really stands out on its own. 

Whether you read it or listen to the audiobook, The Last Bastion of the Living is definite must for fans of sci-fi, or zombies. It is twist on the genre that I never saw coming. I enjoyed the audiobook, but if you enjoy a highly animated narrator this may not be the audiobook for you. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this audiobook, in exchange for an honest review**

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