I’m sure most of us have woken up the ‘next morning’ not quite knowing where we are or how we got there or what the heck happened to us.
But imagine waking up, not knowing where you are, trapped in a body bag, and realizing you were put out to ‘pasture’ and marked as dead.
It happened one day to Faye.
Except the pasture was a large football stadium. And her body bag was on top of thousands of others. And she had been left for dead.
In Last Woman by Jacqueline Druga, Faye has to figure out what has happened to her, what’s happened to her world, and find a way to stay safe. When there is no information but body after body, she grabs a box full of files and driver’s licenses and begins her trek home, dealing not only with the memories of a devastating loss, but also the real-time devastation going on around her.
Then she finds Dodge. A comrade and someone who can help her figure out what’s going on. They eventually find others, too. All boys. Curious that.
Then the fateful radio call from a ham radio operator in Kentucky, calling anyone who can hear to meet up for a convoy to Florida to start anew. And they’re looking for women, because it seems that no one who has survived the virus is a girl.
I’ve told you all that I have a soft spot for chick fiction when it comes to apocalyptic and dystopian novels. There’s a whole different level of storytelling, and a focus on the things that the boys don’t seem to focus on. You can add this book to the list of a very light, easy-to-read, post-apocalyptic books that gives a whole new twist on surviving the zombie apocalypse (pssst — no zombies were hurt in reading of this book – there weren’t even any around………or were there?) . It is a very easy read, with a flawed main character who isn’t a tough as nails woman. She is a bit whiny and self-absorbed. She can’t get past her memories. She might just be ready to go ahead and do the thing that the flu wasn’t ready to do. She just needs to get back home, and allows a man to take over to help her get there.
She is struggling with her inner demons as well as the outer demons. I wanted to yell at her a few times to buck up and just deal with things. And I was a bit dismayed when the story ended..WHAT!? This is how she ends the book?! But I’ve been assured by Jackie that there is a sequel coming out in August. I got in contact with her on Facebook so I could ask! This is a good summer at the beach kind of read if you’re looking for something fun.
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The book is available in both Kindle format and paperback.
Don’t have a Kindle?
That’s okay – with Amazon’s app, you can still read it on the cloud, on your e-device, through a .pdf, or on your computer.