Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review: The Last Drop by Andrea Perno

The Last DropTitle: The Last Drop
Author: Andrea Perno
Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing
Release Date: May 4, 2014

Jeremy always said Space Academy was Earth’s last hope. People only dream of leaving a dying planet in search of better lives. Avery never expected he would be forced to do just that.

On the heels of his brother's murder, his father's disappearance and Earth's dwindling water supply now contaminated with a deadly virus, Avery and his younger brother have no choice but to leave Earth behind and join the survivors migrating the nearest habitable planet.

What they don't know is that the rarity of water extends far beyond Earth and they aren't the only ones fighting for survival.

Okay so honestly I've been procrastinating writing this review because I just don't know where to start.

I am not really sure how to put it into words.  When I started this book I was in a horrible book slump.  So I honestly had trouble getting into it at first.  I had trouble getting into anything.  But it wasn't long until I was so enraptured in the story that I really didn't want to put it down.  Which was a problem since, you know, work.

The thing about this book... It's scary.  Because it's realistic.  Maybe not quite that close in the future.  But I could definitely see something like this happening in the future of the planet.  Which scares me.

Avery is definitely an awesome character.  And I looooove that this book has a male narrator.  Can't say that enough.  I liked that Avery was so afraid of becoming his father and wishing he were his brother.  Constantly thinking he wasn't good enough.  His insecurities really added to the story.  And Clesandra.  She's awesome and kickass and mean.  Just how I like my characters.  The romance that develops between the two (while when first introduced I instantly decided to ship it) was a nice slow burn.  No insta-love.  And I totally ship it.

The world building in The Last Drop was really cool.  Especially since it brings you to literally another world.  The other sentient species isn't what they seem to be.  And the furry critters are cute.  But the plants can be deadly.  I really felt like I was immersed in a jungle while reading this.

The plot is definitely post-apocalyptic going toward touches of dystopia.  There's plenty of action keeping it moving.  And plenty of story and backstory.  And the ending.  I love a good cliffhanger ending.  I don't think this is planned to be a series.  And with that, it's ambiguous enough that I can imagine that everyone either lives happily ever after (ha!) or the entire world blows up (more likely).  Or somewhere in between.  I'm going with the world blowing up.  I do love cliffhangers for this reason.

My overall opinion
I really, really enjoyed this book.  I think I may have loved it.  Definitely recommended if you like science fiction, space travel, YA, etc.  Go forth and read it!

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way alters my opinion of this book.

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