Imagine being alone in the world, one of only a handful to survive a global pandemic. Not only do you struggle to find food, water, and shelter but you also deal with the sadness and losing everyone you know and everything you have.
Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living that nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire. Knowing the impending New England winter could be the final nail in his coffin, Greg packs what little food he can find and sets off on his 100-mile walk north with the unwavering belief that his family is alive and will join him.
As the fast-moving and deadly disease strips away family and friends, Greg's father, John, is trapped in South Carolina. Roadblocks, a panic-stricken population, and winter make it impossible for him to get to his son. John and his three brothers appear to be immune, but they are scattered across a locked-down United States, forced to wait for the end of humanity before travelling to the mountains of New Hampshire.
Spring arrives, and the Dixons make their way north to find young Greg. They meet others along the way, slowly forming the last tribe of humanity from the few people still alive in the Northeast.
©2015 Brad Manuel (P)2016 Podium Publishing
this was a very good book. I enjoyed it a lot. As always Scott Brick was the right guy for the job and the story kept me hooked. Worth the 20 plus hrs and worth the money.
"A unique & important addition to the genre!"
Fans of Stephen King's The Stand and Justin Cronin's The Passage will definitely not want to miss this one. Those are my two favorite novels in this genre, and Brad Manuel's effort here follows very impressively in their footsteps.
As others have mentioned, an element that sets The Last Tribe apart from the aforementioned tomes is that there are no evil hordes (whether undead or living).
The great conflict for our group of protagonists is the brutal reality of survival - pure and simple. However, some of the previous reviews seemed to suggest that there weren't any bad people in the story, but that certainly wasn't the case. It's just that they weren't over the top embodiments of evil as is so often the case - they were much more realistic characters. Some were truly bad. Others were mostly just responding to their personal insecurities and fears. Very real and refreshing!
The other key element that sets The Last Tribe apart is that it's a predominantly positive view of how regular people would respond in such an event. And it's this aspect that I think makes it an incredibly intriguing and important addition to the genre. This is what really makes it an absolutely essential read/listen for any fan of the genre!
And it certainly should be a listen, as the great Scott Brick is very much in his element here. Just superb!
"A perfect year in the post apocalypse."
This was one of the strangest books I've ever read or listened to. It's an answering argument to the survivalist guns and gore stores. The premise is the very common, post disease die-off, empty world situation. A few survivors are left. What do they have to do to make it?
Unlike every other book I've ever read in that genre, there are no roving bands of thugs, no armies of raping and pillaging hordes, no herds of brain dead contagious zombies.
You would think a book where nothing goes wrong would be boring -- and on one level you're right. There isn't really any great conflict and very little serious tension. Everything goes right and nearly all the decisions made are the right ones, the very few survivors represent all the needed skills to a level that seems almost ridiculously unlikely.
So... you'd discount this as not worth bothering with -- and you'd be wrong.
The book takes a fairly mature look at what could be accomplished if the conditions allowed. The author deliberately set up the type of plague, it's onset and symptoms, the rate of infection and fatality, all in such a way that the world would be left relatively empty but mostly intact, and used that setting to tell the story of adaptation in a far more mature way than most zombie or plague books ever get around to doing.
Worth a read, unless what you're looking for is zombies and gore -- then you'll be disappointed.
"Refreshing Except for the Glaring Cliche"
Yes...sorta. I'm always looking for the left-field in a genre. The apocalypse is always littered with violence and evil and blah blah blah. This was so refreshing to finally have an easier pace. It was like the calm after the storm. Right up until Mary Sue entered the picture.
The Genius Teenage Girl. I would have changed her character. Completely. Every time Manuel started in on her brilliance I was rolling my eyes. Seriously, Manuel, you had everything going for you in this one. I could even forgive the bit of stretching in the other characters. But then you had to go and write The Genius Teenage Girl. I almost stopped listening.
I've heard Brick elsewhere and his reading always feels so genuine. I appreciate his approach to the reading.
Yes. Maybe. If they change The Genius Teenage Girl. If not, just cast Anne Hathaway and be done with it.
I don't know, guys. I guess go for it. The concept is interesting. Maybe you can forgive the characters and it'll be awesome.
"Basic and Friendly"
Good performance, but the book is stale. Covers only the basic questions of surviving something like this. If only the numbers of people they talk about surviving, supplies would not be an issue for a long time. They also made that girl too much of a God, it's one thing to be a child prodigy, but those kids are usually socially awkward and weird. They made her smart and wise in all areas, at thirteen, please.
I just listened to 22 hours of audiobook and it was more of what was absent than what was present. The vast majority of the book comprised a relatively detailed description of how the survivors compensated for the loss of their modern day amenities...and then it ended. Where was the character development? Where was the complexity in relationships? Where were the plot twists? Where was the suspense and the intrigue? Where was the loss, the conflict and the horror?? This was purported to be a book about the end of humanity as we know it; instead, it turned out to be a mediocre survivalists guide with no plot. Disappointing guys.
"I can't believe I paid money for that...."
It's a book with no real events and it constantly wastes the readers/listeners time by rehashing the same tidbits over and over... I really don't know who would like this book.
Conflict, plain and simple... There is no real conflict anywhere in this book - man vs self, man vs man, man vs nature, man vs society, it's obscenely vanilla. I don't understand why it's rated so highly. I guess the voice acting is what saves it in most peoples minds, but that's not enough for me. In my mind I just wasted money on something I'll never listen to again.
The voice acting was great...
It's like a Lil Jon song... It keeps setting the listener up for something that never comes.
Such a refreshing change from the standard end of world fare. I get extremely tired of a few good people against hordes of horrid ones. Loved the characters and if the mix of people that just happened to have the right skills is a bit unrealistically fortunate, what end of world scenario isn't. Loved the writing, narration was great, and just such a pleasant relief to really enjoy following the paths of survivors I could actually enjoy. Hope is always refreshing.
If you are looking for carnage and to read about the worst mankind has to offer, don't bother looking here. Go elsewhere and leave hope for the rest of us to enjoy.
Kudos to the author for allowing humans to rise to their potential rather than the lowest common element.
"Utterly implausible apocalypse...couldn't finish."
No antagonists, no conflict. Implausible story because despite millions dying of epidemic, there main characters aren't tripping over bodies everywhere. The roads are even clear of cars and roadblocks! Also, no mention of flies and vermin. Ridiculous plot arc for characters to decide to fly to Hawaii to make a permanent home---why isolate themselves from an entire, vast continent of resources?
Only Scott Brick kept me listening, but I gave up just a couple of hours near the end. I like the SHTF TEOTWAWKI genre, but this one was just too implausible.
"Entertaining Due To Scott Brick. Period."
As many other reviewers have said, more conflict would have been better. If this was meant as a study of human nature it is a HUGE failure. The best of the genre for that, in my humble opinion, is 'Alas, Babylon' by Pat Frank. This story is a child's fairy tale, and nothing more. The characters, while likeable, were unreal. Story arcs were unreconciled. And many storylines were repeated ad nauseum. And this is a SPOLIER ALERT, stop reading this review if you seriously think you will read/listen to this book. You were warned. The author spends a good bit of the book working through a way for the survivors to contact other survivors so they can join the "last Tribe" in their Hawaiian Paradise, then NEVER TELLS IF IT WORKED! Seriously! I fast-forwarded from the last 27 minutes to the last three minutes and the survivors barely finished their first week in Hawaii, so the resolution of the attempt to contact/find other survivors was ignored. ALSO, the 6 hours of the Greg and Becky Show irritated the hell out of me. Manuel spends way too much time in the details of the day-to-day life of the tribe and repeats many words and thoughts of the characters to a distracting extreme.
The only thing that would have made this better/more enjoyable, is if Stephen King had written it.
I listen to just about anything Scott reads. The only reason I stayed with this story was Scott Brick's reading. But he even sounded bored in parts. A great narrator can make a bad book enjoyable. And Scott is a great narrator.
Where do I start??? I would have trimmed the Greg and Becky Show from six hours to maybe three. I would have explored the dark side of human nature more, as it is implausible to think that 3% of the world's population would only include decent people. This book, at 22 hours, dragged in many places; had implausible storylines; orphaned plotlines and a lack of conflict that was distracting.
I like a good, positive story. And this was one. However, as a post-apocryphal story it was incredibly insipid.
"A whole lot of nothing"
The first couple of hours of this story really had me interested and there seemed to be potential for a great story. However, after making it through the entire listen, there is one key ingredient missing. Conflict. There really is none! A virus kills something like 97% of the earth's population and leaves behind the perfect cast of characters to start a perfect new society, many of which are from the same family. What luck that among the survivors are a surgeon, though no one ever gets sick, a vet, along with the last dog on earth, a pilot and a genius. More than 22 hours and only three characters posed any kind of threat to this utopian society and all three just kind of disappear without causing any trouble. Curious that in gathering supplies for the new world, no one thought of or seemed to need to hit up a pharmacy for medicine of any sort for their current or future needs. The only shock was that no one in the tribe seemed to have an issue with the blue lagoon teens. I should have bailed on this but I was hoping that with such a long listen, something exciting was going to happen. I was wrong.
"I need more"
I did read the reviews and listens to the preview then passed it by (big mistake) came back to it as I couldn't find anything to listen to. This is blooming fantastic! It's beyond fantastic, this story could actually happen (have you seen the news lately!?)
No spoilers get this. Best two days of Audio tension and drama I have had in a long time.
Please can you write another book. I need to know if they do that thing and get some trouble makers
What an amazing story. 22 hours done in 3 days, I just could not stop listening. I felt like I was there with the survivors. Scott Brick just reaffirms that he's the best in the business.
"Had promise, must be needs work."
No real twists, turns or shocking moments all very bland.
A couple of times during the story you felt like here comes the world of pain aka walking dead or other end of civilisation genre books, TV. But no this story just wouldn't go down that road, everything works out fine. Brad has some potential if you can bring yourself to kill off a few characters, introduce difficult scenarios but hey, you' ve written a better book then I ever could. I like cooking too, but tone that down a little.
It was fine
no bad guys in this book, those that are meant to be are not developed along in the story. Nothing happens, well yes the world as we know has ended, lots of people die initially but it was a bit watered down. No real tests, or scenarios from competing groups, shock moments etc. Just very disappointed after so many excellent reviews, have these people read or seen any other books of a similar genre probably not!
"Have I missed something?"
Nothing happens... For 22 odd hours, they went north then south again, got some chickens and that's about it... Could be possible I fell asleep during the middle and mIssed some excitement? Either way I won't be listening again to find out.
Narrator was great as always. Book left me wanting a second one! Hope we see one in the future.
"A bit long, but ultimately worth it"
The story is believable and you really feel like you are there withthe survivors, but it is a bit streched out at times and a few time s the narrator sounds weird or like he didn't realize that the sentence was endind whenit did. Overall a good listen.
"Great end of the world listen"
I really enjoy listening to the end of the world apocalyptic books and this is one of the best! I hope their is a sequel
I listened to this book in a day and a half. I just couldn't put it down its such a good story.
"not what I wanted/ expected but still loved it!!"
I expected a mad max style post apocalyptic world and a desperate fight for survival. Regardless I was still enthralled. Wonderful characters and story, if you have some spare time, pick it up your won't be disappointed.
If you're a fan of sickly sweet, feel good stories, this one's for you!
No baddies, no danger, no threat, no violence gore etc etc etc
Just awful. There's not an ounce of malice and everything works out beautifully EVERY DAMN TIME for this All American survivors group.
If grit is what you're after, avoid like the plague (the primary school, weak, dull plague featured in this book)
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