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Review by Suze
Rona is one of the few survivors of a terrible illness that killed almost the entire population of her island. Now there are only a handful children left and there are no adults any longer. The island is remote and the radio isn't working, so they have to survive on their own. Rona, Elizabeth and Alex are moving from house to house to get food, something to drink and clean sheets and clothes. What they also need is medicines, but it's hard to find them. The island is small and has a limited supply. Callum Ian and Duncan live in another house. They do a lot of things by themselves and Rona doesn't know if they're friends or enemies. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Elizabeth is their leader, she knows what to do. Her parents were doctors and she has a plan. Will they all be able to work together and what will become of the last survivors on the island?
The Last of Us gripped me from the first sentence. The setting is desolate and creepy. The remains of the inhabitants of the island are everywhere and you need a strong stomach for some of the scenes. The narrator is an eight-year-old girl who has to grow up quickly, but who doesn't have a clue about a lot of basic things in life yet. That makes her a fascinating main character and it was fantastic to read the story through her eyes. The survivors need to stick together, but they don't agree on a lot of things. They try to make the best of their situation, but it's difficult because it's so desperate. Still they keep having hope and that is what makes them go on.
Rob Ewing's writing is beautiful. It was easy to picture the situation on the island. His descriptions are vivid and honest. Surviving doesn't always bring out the best in people and instincts can make them do strange things. That is what happened in this novel. It was interesting to see how the children would react when there were setbacks and when they blamed each other for things that went wrong. At the same time my heart ached for them and I kept wanting them to be rescued. It's a strange ambivalence that works very well. I absolutely loved this book. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. It's one of the best books I've read in a very long time.