Last Chance [Book Review & Giveaway!]
Title: Last Chance (Rains #2)
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published Date: 17th October 2017
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: The Rain brothers fight for the survival of humanity in Last Chance, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz’s YA debut, The Rains.
The New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz, returns to Creek’s Cause to follow the Rains brothers as they fight an alien threat that has transformed everyone over the age of 18 into ferocious, zombie-like beings, in this thrilling sequel to The Rains.
Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.
Review: When I was offered the chance to read and review Last Chance I literally couldn’t have been happier! After reading and reviewing the first book, The Rains, and loving it, I was beyond curious to know how everything would go down. Did this book manage to live up to my standards from the first one? Absolutely. In fact, somehow, it exceeded them.
What you must love about Hurwitz is that he knows how to write action into his stories. This is set during an apocalyptic alien invasion. It’s pretty much the end of the world and the main characters are fighting for survival. Action scenes can be hard to get right, and can sometimes lean on to being too movie-like, but Gregg Hurwitz knows what he is doing with this book. The action had me racing to know if they would be able to survive, and the suspense rose higher and higher with every single turn of the page. I was literally at the edge of my seat!
I must say that sometimes you saw something bad was going to happen. This book had the classic ‘if something is going right you know whatever happens next will go very, very wrong’ kind of thing going on. But I didn’t even mind that, because what made the tension rise was the fact that somehow, things always managed to get worse in ways that I didn’t expect.
I’ve gone on and on about how action based and plot moving this book is. That is something that often puts me off, as a character driven reader. But I have to say that the characters are done wonderfully here too. I already cared about all of them from the first book in the series, and everything I loved about them was amplified. The two main characters are brothers who really love each other and have a very exclusive, special relationship with each other. It doesn’t get mushy (when does it ever get mushy between brothers) but you can still feel the love they have. In this novel, that relationship gets heavily tested, and the theme of family stood out more.
Of course, there are secondary characters who are very involved like Alex, and all the rest of the kids too. What made reading this one so difficult was that all the characters were so fleshed out and realistic that I didn’t want any of them to die. But hey, this is a survival story, and some people have gotta go. (So be prepared to have your heart ripped out and handed back to you, in the best way possible.)
Just when you think the book can’t get any more perfect than it already is, it does. Hurwitz somehow manages to take the scientific and factual element of this novel (how the aliens work, why they are invading, etc) and insert it into the YA side of things perfectly. Never did I feel like the science was beyond my understanding, and never did it feel like an info-dump. Somehow, Hurwitz weaves it perfectly into the story and clearly shows how researched and well thought through this novel is. Honestly, the science behind it is genius and makes so much sense.
On top of that, I feel like the writing style couldn’t be more ideal for this kind of novel. It’s written in a journal kind of form. It works because we really get to hear Chance’s (the main characters) voice shine through the novel. Hurwitz also manages to play around with the diary form to include a second perspective. When I first read it, I wondered how that could fit into the novel. But reading a bit further on made me understand its importance and how it worked. Just more bestowing of genius on the author’s part.
There was a bit of a cliché used when it came to the romantic element in this novel. I don’t want to put you off in the slightest because romance does not take the forefront in this novel (there’s too much trying to save their own lives and stop the alien invasion going on.) But it is there. However, it wasn’t presented in an annoying way and made so much sense that I didn’t even realise it was a cliché trope until I’d finished the book.
FINALLY, if my review has not yet managed to convince you, let me tell that this book has humour and banter in it. Despite the characters fiending for their lives, they know how to laugh. Reading had me smiling behind my hand, so no one could see that I wanted to crack up because of my book.
This novel is a new favourite of mine. What are you waiting for? Go read it!
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Olivia’s Question: If you could only choose one person to survive the apocalypse with you, who would you choose? (I know this is a cruel question!)