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The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Published by Del Rey Books on March 24, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction
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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?
Last Human started off as Ron Weasley’s worst nightmare. The very last human in the universe was raised by a huge spider, a Black Widow to be more precise. You can see Ron shuddering right now can’t you. This is a tale of the lost human species, a strange hive mind creature, a mish mash space crew and a huge network mind that is so smart it is godlike.
The humans were one of the only species that decided to never enter the network. They were left confined to their galaxy until they decided to not be confined and started a galactic war. Humans. They are now considered the most dangerous species to ever live and are thought to be wiped out. All but Sarya that is, who is hiding in plain sight next to her adoptive, murderous mother. She has had an interesting childhood to say the least.
I struggled a lot with some of the concepts in this book. I really loved Sarya and her human/widow history. I enjoyed a few of the side characters including a very defiant space suit with a sub level intellect that seemed to get into a lot of trouble, named Eleven. Also, the hashtag crew of the space ship she ends up on, were all very interesting. But then we get into some kinda abstract stuff that man…I just had a really hard time wrapping my head around.
You know that moment in men in black when he opens the locker and we are just a galaxy inside the universe’s bus station? Yeah there were parts of this that felt like that moment and so it was really just hard for me to put that all together in my own head. I mean at one point we end up in someone’s head and I had a hard time understanding the Inception of it all.
This was a little outside my normal fantasy wheelhouse and so maybe this is how most Space-Opera adventures go. I don’t think so though. I was more interested in the first half of the book but once we get past that part, I really had a hard time with the second half. I almost DNF’d it at some point because I had a difficult time visualizing and putting myself in the world.
Still if you are really good at spacial representation and love pondering the universe in all it’s complexities and are willing to go way out there for it, then this could be the read you are looking for.
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