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Jun 10, Kiera Healy rated it it was ok. This is a mad book about peak oil, so a good one for the conspiracy nutjob in your life. As the world's oil supplies are abruptly cut off, one somewhat ordinary family struggles to cope. Dad, an oil engineer, is trapped in Iraq whereupon he quickly goes into fight mode with a group of soldiers who use the word "smeg" in place of "fuck"??? Mum's fate is worse, though: Meanwhile, daughter is at uni and son is at school, and soon all their lives are thrown into dang This is a mad book about peak oil, so a good one for the conspiracy nutjob in your life.

Meanwhile, daughter is at uni and son is at school, and soon all their lives are thrown into danger when the full-on crisis hits. Chaos reigns in the streets, and looters run around, er, looting. Several characters eloquently compare the situation to "that New Orleans thing". Oh, and while all this is going on a shadowy assassin is looking to kill the daughter! The story hurries along nicely, and it's not badly-written, but there are a few things that just didn't ring true.

Both women in the family are of course threatened with rape, and one scene in particular seemed unnecessary and gratuitous. The last few chapters see Alex Scarrow pull out his tinfoil hat, and the plot devolves into serious Illuminati territory. Laughably, a central plot point hinges on the daughter remembering some other shadowy figures she saw after walking into the wrong hotel room in New York when she was a pre-pubescent. I struggled with this, not only because of the limitations of human memory, but also because this is a shadowy Illuminati-style cabal who have been secretly pulling the world's strings for years Most hotel rooms autolock anyway.

One final, strange note: I see from Goodreads that the little boy in this novel - who is perpetually thrust into danger, and nearly killed - was named for Alex Scarrow's own son. I don't know what to make of that. View all 3 comments. This book made me really think and also kept me awake worrying about stockpiling tinned food! It's an excellent thriller that keeps you turning the pages long into the night. Nice short chapters and fast paced writing an excellent choice for those who are wondering what might happen when the oil runs out. I believe the author is working on a sequel so I look forward to that.

Nov 07, F. This apocalyptic novel has a fascinating premise. The roads are closed to conserve fuel, because there are no flights there is no more imported food which soon leads to riots in supermarkets and then on the streets, and man regresses and gives in to al This apocalyptic novel has a fascinating premise. The roads are closed to conserve fuel, because there are no flights there is no more imported food which soon leads to riots in supermarkets and then on the streets, and man regresses and gives in to all his worse instincts.

Scarrow handles this decline brilliantly, gradually building the terror of this new chaotic world order and really making it bite. Although people in Britain may be surprised to learn that in a post-apocalyptic world, it will still be possible to hide in a branch of Woolworths. But does there always have to be a Mr. Big with an ill thought out plan? This situation does not need malevolent intent bringing it about, it could just as easily come through a few accidents and miscalculations by stupid bloody mankind. This book has a few other problems: But in the main this is an exciting and properly thought provoking thriller.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So I am going to give stars and take stars as I write the review After reading dozens books dealing with apocalyptic and post apocalpytic scenarios I don't know what to think about this one. The premises is simple. Due to the sabotage then shortage of the oil refinaries, the world is plunge to a dark age.

Not the first writer to pursuit this scenario but it's not that common. And I always enjoy a conspiracy theory 2 Stars but then the writer tries to link that conspiracy group to the old days of the Revolution of America and such.

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Now you've gone to far Minus 1 Star. Because each character is almost a hero. The Girl lenora who in the beginning only thought about his cute new conquest to a hero of the old greek ages. Andy who is in Iraq and is coming to his family. I truly hated this character. I really wanted to anyone to kill it.

Thank the gods that Scarrow had the decency to kill him or else these book would receive 1 star total. I enjoy seeing the world falling to chaos but it was too soon, too quick. I always thought that people are just animals and only have laws because otherwise we would do as we please and be worse than barbarians. We are children of the dark controlled by laws and costumes. Nice one Alex Scarrow. And what happenened to the Twelve and the One Hundred and Sixty? But can they rise like a phoenix from the ashes of civilization? Jul 05, Andy Gibb rated it really liked it.

This is a bloody good read in that it ticks all the thriller boxes. In particular it rattles on at pace, introduces twists and keeps you guessing to the end. On the downside the production of the book seems rather rushed maybe to beat real life? Sep 24, Fiona Brichaut rated it it was amazing Shelves: I couldn't put this down.

And when I wasn't reading it, I was worrying about what "was happening" and if the various characters "would be ok". In other words, total suspension of disbelief as I spent a few days tied to the story. Scarrow writes with an immediacy that had me gripping the book in a tight hot hold, hardly daring to breath. I had this book for a long time and was put off by the 1-star reviews but once I started I was hooked.

I liked the main characters, I liked the way Scarrow wasn't I couldn't put this down. I liked the main characters, I liked the way Scarrow wasn't afraid to kill off some good characters before they had much chance to develop I found that realistic and sometimes in dumb ways. OK, so it's a page turner. But it had me constantly wondering how my family and I would survive in a world out of control as described here. I lay awake at night picturing scenarios.

We are way too dependent on oil. OK, so the idea of some unknown powerful group orchestrating the whole thing is kind of silly, but hey, that's just a back story and not really the point of it all. It's just a device to pin the story on, and I'm ok with that. But the real fact of the world's total dependence on oil supplies that could be stopped within days or weeks is true and scary. Or maybe I've been reading WAY too many apocalyptic novels lately and it's starting to make me paranoid.

Then I'll definitely calm down with a few tai chi sessions and get back to my 19th century novels. Mar 21, Keith Currie rated it liked it. It's no work of literature but it is a more than passable thriller on a fascinating topic - what would happen if the world's oil production was suddenly halted. Good things include the focus on the family split across the country and across the world as its members attempt to reunite against a background of a collapsing society; not so convincing is the conspiracy group responsible for the collapse in the first place and their shadowy hit-man, Ash.

I enjoyed this undemanding, but thought-provoki It's no work of literature but it is a more than passable thriller on a fascinating topic - what would happen if the world's oil production was suddenly halted. I enjoyed this undemanding, but thought-provoking read. Apr 18, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: When it comes to post-apocalyptic novels, the ones I find I enjoy the most are the ones that are very real scenarios.

Not that zombies or alien invasions aren't realistic scenarios yep, I had to say that! I first read Last Light in or , but I've always wanted to go back and revisit it again, because as well as being entertaining, it's a book that carries a message - the When it comes to post-apocalyptic novels, the ones I find I enjoy the most are the ones that are very real scenarios.

I first read Last Light in or , but I've always wanted to go back and revisit it again, because as well as being entertaining, it's a book that carries a message - the dependency of the human race on oil is huge, and it's complicated. It's not something I give thought to often, but imagine if the oil supplies were suddenly cut off - would the world band together or would it descend into chaos? Last Light focuses on one family, the Sutherlands, in the immediate aftermath of the destruction of the worlds' oil extraction and distribution process. Andy Sutherland is something of an alarmist, but the reasons behind his paranoia are actually justified - he knows just how precarious the world is in it's dependency and has no doubts on just how catastrophic the loss of oil would be.

Last Light is told through multiple perspectives, and this is where it lost me a little. Whilst the storyline of Andy in Iraq is vital to the story, it wasn't the part that I was particularly invested in - I liked the focus on the collapse of the British economy and infrastructure far more, and particularly the perspectives of Andy's wife, Jenny and daughter Leona as they witnessed the spiralling events first hand.

The characters all feel very real - the Sutherlands are normal, everyday people with normal, everyday problems and perspectives and that makes them incredibly likable and I was also able to sympathise with them as they tried to find each other whilst surviving some scary situations. There are also mystery elements in Last Light that opens the appeal up to more readers than just the apocalypse lovers, and although it wasn't the type of storyline that I normally enjoy, it was an essential part of the story that I found very intriguing. What Alex Scarrow does very well in Last Light is paint a picture of how a nation, and a world, could collapse so suddenly into chaos, and there are moments of real tension and terror as humans turn on each other for a bottle of water or a mouldy slice of bread.

It's not always clear how events are going to turn out, and that makes Last Light an incredibly readable and scary book. Sep 26, Keith rated it liked it Shelves: The premise is a well thought out exposition of the implications of the Peak Oil theory, that modern society survives solely by the plentiful supply of oil.

The drama occurs when this supply is suddenly cut off. The Middle East, South American and Nigerian supplies are stopped and it's a matter of days before civilisation starts to fall apart. The story follows the Sutherland family, Andy, a Peak Oil bore currently working in Iraq, Jenny, stuck in Manchester and their children, Leona and Jacob, a The premise is a well thought out exposition of the implications of the Peak Oil theory, that modern society survives solely by the plentiful supply of oil. The story follows the Sutherland family, Andy, a Peak Oil bore currently working in Iraq, Jenny, stuck in Manchester and their children, Leona and Jacob, at University and boarding school respectively.

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What happens to them and the disintegration of life around them is interesting enough and, in the main, well presented. The fact that Andy may be the unwitting architect of the downfall, having written a report summing up the bottlenecks that can be used to cut off the world's oil, and an assassin sent to silence Leona, who accidentally saw some people who turn out to be members of a shadowy organisation called the Twelve. As it turns out they commissioned the report as a template for "saving" the world on their terms.

The Twelve, and their foot soldiers the , are a credible force behind the New World Order conspiracies, right up to the final scenes where the pudding is well and truly over egged, setting their roots in the 14th Century. The story is gritty and not everybody gets out alive. The three older members of the Sutherland family are possibly over endowed with heroic traits, but for the story to end up where it was, they pretty much have to be.

Andy, in particular, gets the Bruce Willis treatment. The assassin is an unnecessary embellishment who's sole reason for existing is a few paragraphs of exposition late in the book.

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And upping the body count, which I mind less because what else is an assassin for? The pace is pretty good, it seldom drags at all, although some may find chopping between the three main storylines confusing.


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There were some things that jarred, disturbed air made one or two appearances too many, mostly from near misses by firearms but at least once from a coat. May 07, Robin Carter rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book WILL be the thriller of the year, its a cover to cover gripping what if that will suck you in and leave you thinking, wondering and probably a hell of a lot scared about just how fragile our modern lifestyle really is. I dare any of you to read this book and finish it with a clear concience about your carbon footprint, to not check the cupboards to see what food you have in and to wonder if leaving the city might be an ideas Mar 20, fivethousandbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 20 - I just finished reading a few chapters and I already want to stock my pantry with canned goods and barricade my door!

Mar 22 - I really enjoyed reading this book and I had nightmares the night I started reading it - I kept waking up and trying to remember how to survive if ever this situation happened. And I think at some point in our lives, maybe, it will And the catastrophic conditions that Scarrow described in his novel would be all too real. May 12, Dan Jenkins rated it it was amazing. This is a book all of us should read. We all know the truth, but will not face up to it. We know it's going to happen and do nothing. I guess this is one of those instances where we know we probably won't be around to see it, but our children most likely will.

It's a very important book, well written and difficult to put down. Read it and the next time you "gas up", think of Andy. Jan 23, Jacob Salinas rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very sobering but and this is hard to do completely entertaining book that paints a very possible picture of the complete societal breakdown that would occur if oil production was suddenly and permanently disrupted across the globe.

The characters are identifiable and the story is absolutely gripping. This book scared the crap out of me!

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Jun 30, Penny rated it did not like it Shelves: This book was bad, and it should feel bad. This terrible book reads like a conspiracy theorists craziest fantasies. So many times in the book the wife thought "if only I had listened to my crazy husband! A frighteningly plausible apocalytic scenario that I find myself revisiting on a regular basis. Books like this make me think I should stock up on tinned goods and bottled water and maybe do some combat training Jul 07, 1brotherbill rated it it was amazing. This book will make you think about going to the store and get some canned food.

He noted that the team "deserve the ratings [they] get" and "need no indulgence" from consumers who do not care about their working conditions. Last Light 's title was first leaked as Metro , a name used by 4A Games internally. THQ officially revealed the actual title in May GameStop temporarily removed the game from its store to prevent customers from being misled by the game's uncertain release, [44] The auction did not affect the progress of the game's development significantly.

Koch was interested in the title as the game was already playable at the time and they were familiar with the development team, whose members worked on S. Players who purchased the game via Steam got a free digital copy of Metro the novel. Those who pre-ordered the game received a limited edition of Metro: Last Light that featured a code for the downloadable content DLC Ranger Mode, a setting for greater game difficulty , as well as a unique gun and in-game currency.

Ranger Mode encompasses the same campaign, but with the lack of a HUD or cross hairs, while the plethora of ammunition and resources has been reduced severely, making the player feel fully immersed in the game's world. It was marketed as "the way [the game] was meant to be played". Additionally, four DLC packs were released. The first pack, the Faction Pack , was to be available in June , [58] however the release date was pushed back to July This pack contains three bonus single-player missions, with the player playing as a Red Line Sniper, a Fourth Reich 'Heavy' soldier, and a Polis Ranger in training, with new weapons not found in the main storyline.

The second pack, the Tower Pack , gives single-player challenge missions that have online leaderboards. The third pack, the Developer Pack , features a shooting gallery, a combat simulator, an in-game museum, and a single-player mission titled "The Spiders' Nest". Finally, the fourth pack, the Chronicles Pack , features three additional single-player missions that contain three characters from the main storyline, Khan, Pavel, and Anna, adding in extra background story information about the world. Players can buy a season pass, which gives them all 4 DLCs at a discounted price. It also contains a limited edition, in-game automatic shotgun called the Abzats, [62] and a light machine gun that was previously only available via pre-order from select retailers, the RPK.

A new version of the game for the eighth generation of consoles was not originally planned. However, on 22 May , a remastered version of the game was announced. The compilation package, titled Metro Redux , included both the remastered versions of and Last Light. Last Light received positive reviews from critics, with most complimenting the graphics and world design, but criticizing the linear sequences.

The gameplay was generally well received. Critics praised 4A Games for fixing the apparent gameplay missteps featured in its predecessors, and noted that the combat was improved, satisfying and riveting. Some thought that it removed the frustration featured in the first game, [78] while some criticized it for being too simple. The story received mixed critical reviews. Some critics believed that the story was excellently-written, with interesting characters, and meaningful character interactions, which added additional depth to the game's world.

Some critics called it "top-notch", while some called it "bad". The game's world design and atmosphere received great critical reviews. Many critics agreed that the game had successfully built up tension through the game's conversations between characters and the resource management mechanics, which enables players to feel threatened by the state of the world. Critics thought that these sequences offered visual variety, and some "genuine terror" moments.

Jim Sterling from Destructoid singled out the game's multiple flashback scenes, which he described as "harrowing". The Redux version received positive reviews from critics. They praised the game's overall atmosphere and story, but criticized the graphical update, which was considered insignificant. According to Mikel Reparaz, the game's visual update was disappointing as it did not look better than the original PC version.

Nevertheless, it was described as the "definitive version" of Last Light to play because of the inclusion of all of the previously-released downloadable content. Last Light was the best-selling retail video game in the UK in its week of release, but it failed to outpace the week one sales of Metro Exodus was announced on 11 June at Microsoft's press conference during E3 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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