PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM:
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ***
PLOT – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****
ON A REVIEW SITE:
For some reason, Dystopian novels are my new *horror* genre. It’s probably because the possibility of it is so very real. All of these books show a future that could very well happen. To me. Soon. So I couldn’t wait to start reading this book, even with the busy holiday season
I was pleasantly surprised to find what sets Last Light Falling apart from the plethora of other novels in this genre, is its references to the end of the world. We have almost lost touch with the original, Biblical, end of the world. As a Traditional Catholic, this was a nice surprise. However, the religious aspect wasn’t overwhelming so I think anyone would enjoy it, even if you don’t believe the setting.
The action starts almost immediately and hardly stops the entire time. Arena and Gabe are orphaned twins who both share a birthmark that looks like a crucifix. However, that is where the similarities end. Arena is very into her physical abilities, survival skills, and fitness. Gabe is the brains of the operation. Together they make a solid team. Which is a great thing, because they have been chosen to help bring the world to an end.
Yes, you heard that correctly. Not SAVE it, but to end it. Will they be able to stand up to this enormous task they have been selected for?
Overall I really loved the entire story and I seriously can not wait to read the rest of the series. The only cons I can think of is the character building was rather forced in the beginning. A lot of telling instead of showing. Also, there was a lot of blood and gore in the fighting scenes. The authors ability to paint pictures in your mind during those times might be a bit of a problem for people sensitive to such things.
If you aren’t sensitive to the gore, I think this book would be a great choice for almost anyone. Even better, give it as a gift!
If your fate has already been chosen for you, would you change it? Fifteen-year-old Arena Power blindly accepts her destiny in a world filled with tragedy, chaos, and a lingering wickedness that will tempt every man’s soul until the last days on Earth. Set in the United States in the year 2053, America, like most of the world, has undergone catastrophic earthquakes, famine, and an economic collapse, which has rendered the nation hopeless. It has turned to other nations, like Russia and China, to help restore what was once a world power. Unfortunately, the new America has grossly caused civil unrest that will eventually be the precursor to a much bigger war of biblical proportions.
Orphaned at the age of nine, Arena and her twin brother, Gabe, have learned to rely on each other through the toughest times. Not only do they share the same birthday and the tragic loss of their parents, they both have a birthmark on the back of their necks in the shape of a crucifix. This is only but a small sign of the destiny that will follow. On their fifteenth birthday, they receive a mystery letter and key from their estranged Uncle Finnegan. This key will unlock their fate, and it will be up to a priest, who has vowed to protect them since birth, to unfold the layers of their destiny-to undo the evil that has spoiled the world, and to help unleash God’s wrath upon those who have turned from Him in the last days of history.
Last Light Falling weaves righteousness with evil, treachery with truth, and shows just how far the will of man can survive on faith alone. Arena and Gabriel’s fate will determine that course of history for which has already been written. They were not born to save the world; they were chosen to prepare it for the final days.