Review: Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frateron June 19th, 2012
Today is a great day on the blog! Why? Because it’s my stop on the tour for a badass book by a badass author. Yup, it’s The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater. I’m going to review the book, and then you’ll have a chance to win a copy for yourself. You can follow the rest of the tour by clicking the banner above. There are more giveaways, including a grand prize over at The Bookish Brunette.
A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources…and dwindling hope.
Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.
Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction. [Goodreads]
I have to start by saying that I don’t like committing to do reviews for blog tours, because there’s been too many times where I didn’t care for the book and had to back out of the tour. However, when Rhiannon announced the tour for The Last Bastion of the Living, I had no qualms about doing a review since I’m so confident in her writing. The description of the book sounded badass, but admittedly, I knew there was the potential to go completely south with this type of story. After I read it, I still had the opportunity to back out of doing a review, but no way was I going to. Why? Because I have to tell you how incredibly kick-ass this book is!
The Last Bastion of the Living is set in the future, after the world succumbed to the infestation of creatures called Inferi Scourge (a.k.a. zombies). I’m not even going to mention how or why the infection occurred, because that’s one of the coolest parts of the book. I’m telling you, Rhiannon’s mind is a wonderful thing! The Bastion is literally the last city of the living, where people live safely behind high walls – packed in like sardines. Things are going downhill quick, though. Resources are dangerously low, they’re running out of ammunition and fuel to kill the Inferi Scourge, and the Inferi Scourge seem to be changing. The fate of the city lays in the hands of a very unique group of soldiers, including Vanguard Maria Martinez.
Maria Martinez is the main character, and I absolutely freaking loved her! She is one tough chick. It should be no surprise by now to most of you that I love female characters who are strong, independent, and can handle themselves, yet are smart and caring. Maria was a perfect mixture of all those things. Another important character is Dwayne, Maria’s “undercover lover.” He’s 25 years her senior and outranks her, but that doesn’t bother me in the least. In fact, I adored Dwayne. The two of them together are great, he has her back no matter what.
The book is seriously action packed right from the beginning. There are twists and turns, and plenty of those “oh snap” moments. I’m not even joking – Rhiannon takes you on an incredible ride that will leave you wow’d! Kick-ass characters and a kick-ass story – you couldn’t ask for more. I know people have already started hounding Rhiannon for a sequel, but I have mixed feelings on that. I love the ending of this book so much, that it almost doesn’t seem right to continue. At the same time, I crave more of these characters and this world. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the all mighty Frater will do.
Okay, so can you tell that I loved The Last Bastion of The Living? If not, let me make it very clear… I love this book! Should you read it? Abso-freaking-lutely!
Dr. Curran ran her fingers lightly around the edges of her pad. “When you see me, what is your first desire?”
“To punch you in the face,” Maria answered truthfully.