The island is quiet now.
On a remote Scottish island, five children are the only ones left. Since the last adult died, sensible Elizabeth has been the group leader, testing for a radio signal, playing teacher and keeping an eye on Alex, the littlest, whose insulin can last only so long. There is 'shopping' to do in the houses they haven't yet searched and wrong smells to avoid.
For eight-year-old Rona, each day brings fresh hope that someone will come back for them, tempered by the reality of their dwindling supplies. With no adults to rebel against, squabbles threaten the fragile family they have formed. And when brothers Calum Ian and Duncan attempt to thwart Elizabeth's leadership, it prompts a chain of events that will endanger Alex's life and test them all in unimaginable ways.
Reminiscent of The Lord of the Flies and The Cement Garden, The Last of Us is a powerful and heartbreaking story of aftershock, courage and survival.
©2016 Rob Ewing (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"An amazing book of courage and survival...a book about memory, friendship and hope. It's the kind of book that made me want to wake my children from their beds, just to kiss them and whisper that I love them. A tremendous novel - I absolutely loved it." (Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days)
A sad story about island life when it all goes wrong with the world. A bit heavy near the end of the book. thought provoking.
Very gripping from the start. Started it yesterday, listened for hours, then this morning, actually woke up and just sat listening without my usual multitasking as it was engrossing enough to hold my complete attention.
Though the protagonists are children, it is definitely not a story for children. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a thoughtful post-apocalyptic book.
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