15 Stars I know I have no
Choice I Know This IsI know this is life But this life is a lie I m disappointed That s robably how I can best summarizes me feelings about The Last Girl on Earth I thought the Charting an Empire premise had so muchromise Li as the lone human on Earth and her Colored Property personal and emotional strugglelus I was excited to learn about the alien race that had taken over Earth and what lead to the alien apocalypse Unfortunately I felt like the story glossed over everything The story seemed to read as of a fleshed out outline than an actual novel The worldbuilding was done so hastily and the character introductions only briefly mentioned I never felt like I knew what was going on I did really love the found family aspect that Li has with her adoptive dad and sister It was so genuine and actually impacted me emotionally Unfortunately the other relationships felt rushed and underdeveloped A sad miss I received a copy of the book from Delacorte Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review All uotes are taken from an uncorrected Desire and Truth proof I don t think this book is getting any credit for what it is and for what it is it s good It s a YA romance first and foremost so shelving it as sci fi or fantasy is secondary at best For me this read as very YA not overly descriptive very fastaced almost middle grade if not for the romance And for a YA audience that s totally appropriate If anything it s somewhat underdeveloped and too short Things like the last 10% could have been in depth An epilogue would have given it some closure although I thought the ending was great The explanation given regarding the aliens who
have occupied earth could have been expanded The big event also could haveoccupied earth could have been expanded The big event also could have expanded to give the lot tension So overall the story isn t fantastic But it isn t bad as a 286 GR rating would indicate For a debut it s far above that and definitely deserves On audio Kim Mai Guest is good with regard to emotion and expression She s a talented voice actor although I m not sure she was the best choice for this articular book Her voice tends to lend a little girl uality to the character and this character was tougher than she sounded Emma Galvin might have been a better choice because of the grit in her voice I definitely went into this with 5th Wave feelings and I got a strong heroine and ROMANCE Part of me is of two reviewsThe first review is that if I analyze this simply from the book description then its a 3 out of 5 stars Because I expected fear training angst about Li being the last human Truly this book could have been exceptional if the romance took a back seat There was a lot of good things brought up humans are inherently evil but there wasn t as much sci fi as the description led me to believe It would have also benefited the story to see the Abdoloreans act less like humans with gills that were Dislocating China physically stronger Also gills How is it scientificallyossible for them to function on earth with gills and why is this not explained This story would have been stronger with those uestions answered Childerley possibly during a training seuence that was missingThe second review is that if I look at this under a different description where this was the last human uestioning whether itsossible to fall
in love with the aliens that obliterated herlove with the aliens that obliterated her Maybe 4 stars if it also answered all the moral uestions Li would have asked herself in this scenario Ryn still could have been the cute romantic interest in this imagined story line which of course could have been made dramatic if his father was one of the. Li has a father and a sister who love her A best friend Mirabae to share things with She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules She has to Everyone she knows her family her teachers her friends is an alien And she is the only human left on Ear.
Review Virgo working title onlyAbdolorean "s ushing to obliterate all the humans DDDDDRRRRRAAAAMMMMAAAAAHowever this book tried to take from both of " pushing to obliterate all the humans DDDDDRRRRRAAAAMMMMAAAAAHowever this book tried to take from both of ideas and didn t fully deliver on either of them With that in mind I find myself only able to recommend this to Cop Knowledge people who want a uick romance novel with a dash of scifiMy thanks to Netgalley and theublisher for letting me read an early copy in exchange for an honest review Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterLi is the last girl on earth at least that is what her alien father told her Raised with her alien sister Zo she has trained all her life for this role Keeping this secret has been tough but she s about to graduate and the only way she ll survive conscription is to make officer Then she meets Ryn He s a distraction that may have learned her secret The short reviewI love speculative sci fi and am Cultural Aesthetics pretty open to believing whatever outrageousremises an author can come up with I LOVE the idea of a race that conscripts it s young to keep spreading to other Class and Conformity planets It makes sense since they insist theselanets accept their benevolent help that they would also need a constantly rejuvenating army to enforce that help It also made total sense that she needed an officer spot to keep out of the worst of the military action This core idea is strongThen we just get wacky Its hard to understand where the gills fit in They don t live underwater and their gill covers don t appear to flutter when they breathe otherwise Li would have been revealed despite her fake ones So why have them at all And why are the Abdoloreans super Descartes and His Contemporaries powered compared to a human yet appear to look exactly like them This weak world building as well as shallow friendships instalove and a romance heavylot all conspired against this story Cover Title grade A This is a truly gorgeous cover Even tiny it draws the eye and captures your imagination I knew it had to do with sci fi which is great beyond that I had no idea though I did WANT to know I LOVED the font used for the title which was also spot on to intrigue usHow could this book have been savedI found this book had SO MUCH POTENTIAL It made me upset and so disappointed how easily a few shifts in Li s High Tide at Midnight perspective would have saved the story despite the odd gills and other world building oddities 1 An alien dude you think of as father trained you to survive It s ALL YOU KNOW You don t sneer in the face of it by whining You go out every day and train BECAUSE IF YOU DON T YOU RE DEAD You climb cliff faces or whatever to honor the sacrifices he made for you From there you can decide to rebel etcWHY I know whining seems to be something every teenager can relate to but in this case Li is in a situation that few teenagers are in and if they do have to worry about life and death I can guarantee you they ARE NOT whining Allow readers to experience that sort of back history Much better to form an act of rebellion later when she feels she has everything under control 2 Li has lived essentially 14 years or so without the aliens realizing her gills aren t working so Li would have become complacent about it We all would have She d still have trained and studied because that isartially why she s
become complacent but it wouldn t be what she feared Teenscomplacent but it wouldn t be what she feared Teens the FUTURE Change Loss of the status uo ie leaving her father and sister without a support to replace them BETTER for her to fear being a leader among her Education and Equality planet s oppressors Being revealed because she doesn t fit inWHY The theme of the book is very important Teenagers are reading it and imagining how. ThThe Abdoloreans hijacked thelanet sixteen years ago destroying all human life Li's human sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to ass as one of them The Abdoloreans appear human But they don't think with human minds or feel with human hearts And they. ,
They will embrace their own futures The world frankly needs women leaders Women leaders who struggle with rivalries with men who see them as sex objects Women leaders who help their women coworkers and don t oppress them With her goal of becoming an officer she would have been in a osition to be that example This fear works as conflict to being this kind of woman leader 3 Her hysical weakness shouldn t have been something she struggled with but
Over The Course Of Thethe course of the tests is shown to be her strength and is what makes her THE leader in the end Because the aliens take for granted their speed and strength they just ower into a situation while a true leader uses strategy Since she s been training so long to be able to compete with them and to work around her lack of Flavor and Soul physicalrowess she has better tactics than they doWHY Part of the roblem was the story started way BEFORE the action We knew she would ass the test She knew she shouldn t go swimming and it was no surprise she go into trouble for it It was contrived big time and in fact ALL THE CONFLICT
WAS CONTRIVED In AnCONTRIVED In an to make this seem school like the story was without a focus Better to start with the conscription training and assessment tests With the change of Li s focus it s easy to see this is a better starting Forgery, Replica, Fiction place for the story Thelot is also clearer SHOW THE SIMS Show the rivalry She can rebel with her romance and to help her friend It s uite easy to flip things around She can run into Ryn AFTER training starts DURING her own ersonal training at home very naturally There can be another run in with the jerky guy and her sister when she arrives Home Again All Very again all very These interactions would now add up to lot Concrete events that can show how things are instead of just glossing over and telling everythingAs a WriterAs a writer I am NOT a fan of Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life plot that is mostly told instead of shown One or two token sims was not enough interaction between the group nor did itrovide any real Escape plot They were ho hum and so basic that a new soldier could have lead her mission Theyrovided nothing for the story because they had nothing to do with the romance The Empty Chair plot I get it You never had any intention of her becoming an officer or conscripted I could tell because you glossed over her knowledge and her leadership The sims that were shown were not won due to her excellent leadership she won them because the author dictated it so The horrible thing is that it would have made a much better book to have her go through all that training only to fail because of other stupid actions Then she still has that training to rely on in the next book And how excited readers would have been for that book after experiencing her growth to that leaderI didn t get to talk about the instalove in the story either But if you love a sweet romance and don t mind some over used tropes then this is a great little story It s biggest selling feature is its uick read and focus on romance Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World BuildingBOTTOM LINE High school romance between the last human girl and her alien boyfriend Thanks to NetGalley and theublisher for roviding me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinionsYou can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special erspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier is a young adult science fiction fantasy that was heavy on the romance and light on the science fic. Have special abilities no human could ever haveWhen Li meets Ryn she's swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous conseuences How far will Li go to stay alive Will she save herself and in turn the human race or will she be the final witness to humanity's destruction.