Title: The Last Human
Author: Zack Jordan
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: March 24, 2020
Page Count: 428
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
The last human in the universe must battle unfathomable alien intelligences—and confront the truth about humanity—in this ambitious, galaxy-spanning debut
Most days, Sarya doesn’t feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. Most days, she’s got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn’t casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again.
And most days, she can almost accept that she’ll never know the truth—that she’ll never know why humanity was deemed too dangerous to exist. Or whether she really is—impossibly—the lone survivor of a species destroyed a millennium ago. That is, until an encounter with a bounty hunter and a miles-long kinetic projectile leaves her life and her perspective shattered.
Thrown into the universe at the helm of a stolen ship—with the dubious assistance of a rebellious spacesuit, an android death enthusiast on his sixtieth lifetime, and a ball of fluff with an IQ in the thousands—Sarya begins to uncover an impossible truth. What if humanity’s death and her own existence are simply two moves in a demented cosmic game, one played out by vast alien intellects? Stranger still, what if these mad gods are offering Sarya a seat at their table—and a second chance for humanity?
The Last Human is a sneakily brilliant, gleefully oddball space-opera debut—a masterful play on perspective, intelligence, and free will, wrapped in a rollicking journey through a strange and crowded galaxy.
The Last Human by Zack Jordan is a science fiction fantasy or space opera. This one is set in the distant future and being someone who usually enjoys space scifi stories I was excited to read it but unfortunately that excitement didn’t last long.
Sarya is the last of the human race as human were long ago considered dangerous and evil beings by all of the other races and slowly eradicated. Sarya has been living with her adoptive mother hiding somewhat in plain sight from all the other alien species. However, one day as Sarya is planning her future she is found out and sent on the run to survive.
The first thing I found with The Last Human by Zack Jordan was it fell on the overly wordy and slow pace side which is a huge turn off for me. Just as I was getting to know the main character and plot I found myself already losing interest. The story was one that felt mostly original as it went on although I did see glimpses of popular tropes buried within. Overall though this one just wasn’t for me as I had to keep pushing myself to finish it when I was reading.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Zack Jordan is a compulsive learner and creator. He holds half an art degree, two thirds of a music degree, and about a quarter of a philosophy degree. He’s worked on projects for FEMA, the U.S. Army, and the Department of Defense, none of which elevated his security clearance. He was a designer on several video games including World of Tanks and the F.E.A.R. series, but he’s more proud of the indie games and music albums he’s released under the name U.S. Killbotics. He lives in Chicago with his wife Tara, and spends his evenings playing various Super Mario games with their two daughters, London and Brooklyn.
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