Last Ones Left Alive (Hardback)
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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 07/03/2019
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Exploiting the forbidding landscape of coastal Ireland to its post-apocalyptic fullest, Last Ones Left Alive details a desperate flight from a ravenous monster and the constant threat of hideous transformation. Boasting strong female protagonists and an intoxicatingly bleak atmosphere, Davis-Goff’s wire-taut chiller is one of the scariest reads of the year.

Raised by her mother and Maeve on Slanbeg, an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen has a childhood of love and stories by the fireside. But the stories grow darker, and the training begins. Ireland has been devoured by a ravening menace known as the skrake, and though Slanbeg is safe for now, the women must always be ready to run, or to fight.

When Maeve is bitten, Orpen is faced with a dilemma: kill Maeve before her transformation is complete, or try to get help. So Orpen sets off, with Maeve in a wheelbarrow and her dog at her side, in the hope of finding other survivors, and a cure. It is a journey that will test Orpen to her limits, on which she will learn who she really is, who she really loves, and how to imagine a future in a world that ended before she was born.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472255204
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 402 g
Dimensions: 198 x 157 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Written in sparse, affecting prose, and reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, this is a fiercely feminist, highly imaginative novel' - The Observer 

'A debut novel of jaw-dropping skill and immense power, a shimmering dystopian vision but also a lucid meditation on tenderness, intimacy and courage. From the get-go it gripped me, and since the last page I've been haunted' - Joseph O'Connor

'Kept me up until 2am. A triumph. A confident, assured debut from one of the most exciting new voices on the Irish literary scene' - Louise O'Neill

'I will be cursing Last Ones Left Alive for seriously troubling dreams for weeks to come' - Patrick Gale

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Emma Smith at Bedford

“A girl, a barrow and a dog named Danger.”

The world we know has been infected by skrake, vicious undead monsters who pass on their infection with a bite. Orpen has never known a world before the skrake, she’s never had a normal life. Normal for her is... More

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“An interesting read”

All Orpen has ever known is the island of Slanbeg, her mother Muireann and Maeve. She has been trained to fight the skrake, devourer of humans, once human themselves. But Orpen has never seen a skrake and is eager to... More

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“An original new voice enters the world of dystopian fiction”

One tiny turn of phrase in the first paragraph immediately sets this dystopian novel in Ireland. The rhythm of the writing drew me straight into Orpen’s world. A young girl raised by her sister, Maeve, and her mother... More

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