The Last She
by H. J. Nelson
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Pub Date 07 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 07 Dec 2021
THE 100 meets THE HUNGER GAMES in this post-apocalyptic romantic adventure about the last woman on Earth seeking to discover the truth of her existence after a mysterious plague wipes out the female population and she is taken captive by a clan of men risen from the ruins.
Ara . . . I made a mistake, we all did . . . go back to the beginning . . . it’s not too late.
As the only female to survive the devastating virus, Ara hasn’t seen another human in months—not since her father disappeared. The plague has swept away humanity, and Ara’s world is desolate, haunted by the ghosts of her former life. Her mother. Her sister.
Kaden and his crew live by a code: stay alert, stay alive. When they catch Ara stealing from them, they are furious—and confused. She is the first girl they have seen in three years. And while Kaden knows taking her captive is wrong, he tells himself he’s doing it to protect her.
But with Ara determined to follow through on her father’s mission—Go back to the beginning. End the plague—Kaden becomes mesmerized by Ara’s will and beauty. He knows he will do anything to help her, even if it tears their worlds apart.
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This was a fun read! I enjoyed the authors take on the story and hope to read more by them soon! This was my first read by this author and I really enjoyed it!
The last female left after a devastating world wide plague. Ara is taken captive after she is found stealing, but is determined to finish her father's mission to cure the plague.
In the same vein as the hunger games, this is a captivating read
Today, I want to talk to you about an upcoming release by H.J. Nelson. Today, it is time to talk about The Last She!
The Last She will be officially available on December 7th, 2021, but it was originally written on Wattpad back in 2015. The Last She series become one of the most read science fiction stories in 2016 and 2017! Now, it is officially going to become a published series!
The Last She is a dystopian-esque post-apocalyptic novel set in a world where a virus has killed off the majority of the human race except for some male survivors. Ara, a nineteen year old girl, has somehow survived in the world during the three years since the world as they knew it seemingly ended.
Ara's father taught her one thing, men are the enemy now. So, when Kaden discover's Ara, she now has to question everything she thought she understood about the new world and do whatever she can to keep surviving as the last women alive.
I am giving this book 4 stars!
This book was a wild ride that sucked you in right from the beginning. At points, it was hard to put down!
I found the overall concept for this book, the one surviving woman in the apocalypse, to be very intriguing. I was really excited to read this book and was not disappointed! The scenes are well created and Nelson did a great job making you feel as though you were really a part of the story.
Ara and Kaden are both great characters that I enjoyed getting to know. Though, I do wish there was a little bit more background and development for Kaden. There is a plethora of interesting characters introduced in this story and found myself intrigued by most of them.
My biggest complaint about this book is the transitions in narration for Ara. When we were given flashbacks into her life with her father, there were times where it was a little confusing. But other than that, I think this book was extremely well written and I completely understand why it was such a hit on Wattpad! It deserves to be published and on bookshelves!
I think this book is great for the YA reader who loves action, adventure, and a bit of romance. I am looking forward to reading more of this series!
The Last She by HJ Nelson was an interesting read. The plot has a lot of mystery and unanswered questions and is set in a world where there's been a terrible sickness that has decimated humanity, especially females. The story follows Ara, a lone female traveling by herself trying to find her family and answers, and how she is trying to also find her place in this new dangerous world (where females are rare). I thought the premise of the story was unique, Ara, and her love interest Kaden, were both likeable resilient characters and I was rooting for them to find answers and a happy ending. By the end of the book, readers do get some answers but also more questions, setting up the sequel nicely. I look forward to finding out what happens next.
The Last She was a book I read while the world was recovering from a pandemic and I think this helped set the stage for helping the reader truly understand the main character and her world. We meet Ara at a time when her world is limited in terms of human contact because of a virus that has decimated the human and animal populations. As a character, Ara is likeable and I enjoyed seeing her development throughout the book, especially as she comes face to face with dangers and reacts mostly in a realistic way. The plot itself was very quick paced and I think this helps draw the reader into the story - I found myself staying awake hours into the night because I had to know what happened next. The world building was done very well with exceptional detail.
My only frustration with the story was with our other main character, Kaden. Maybe I have read too many dystopian YA novels but during such a dramatic change in the world, I would have loved to see Ara and Kaden at realistic highs and lows as their relationship grew. Instead, it seemed too much of the traditional insta-love - the rest of the story is so well done, I almost wish they just remained friends so I didn't have anything I think would need improvement. Will be reading the sequel.
Strong characters, adventures in a treacherous world, and masterful writing made The Last She impossible to put down. As soon as I finish this review, I’ll be on the hunt for the second installment!
WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! i got approved for this netgalley ebook, very fast read, and easy to follow and kept me interested. i like the concept of the book, thats what initially drew me in to request it, the description sounds interesting to me " THE 100 meets THE HUNGER GAMES in this post-apocalyptic romantic adventure about the last woman on Earth seeking to discover the truth of her existence after a mysterious plague wipes out the female population and she is taken captive by a clan of men risen from the ruins." (i love surival/ apocalyptic stories)this book is told in 2 points of view, ara and kaden. i like ara she was smart, strong.brave. at first i liked kaden too, but then idk i felt like he could be a bad guy, and with gabriel i wasnt sure about him bc kaden didnt like him but i kinda started to like gabriel until somethin happened that made me realised yep hes the bad guy. and then i started liking kaden more too and wanted him with ara. there were a few scenes where bad intense stuff happens and one of them gets hurts and i was hoping they wouldnt die (poor kaden he gets bit by those infected dogs at the mall, i thought he was gonna die) and then with the leader of the horde too thought he would die. i also liked kaden brother sam and isacc and liam. idk why but i kinda imagined isaac as morgan from twd xD theres also flashbacks/memories in some of the chapters. also that scene in the lab im curious about that i feel like idk emma (aras sister) and ara play a bigger part in the infection that happened to the world. also poor doggy loki :c and the horse red :c also when they in the lil boat going to the hospital it was creppy bc there was somethin big under the water :o :C also gabriels sister is alive whatt lol the scenes with ara is stuck in the bunker with addison etc all i could think was poor ara, addison was soo annoying but poor girl she lived there since it all started and shes a kid. the herd was massive im glad the leader ended up dying thanks to isaac (he literally saved everyone) we dont know what happened to gabriel and addison etc after the fire in the comunity and gabriel bein tranquilazed (i wonder if he died in the fire, but if so poor addison would be all alone) during the battle when sam comes back that was a bad idea (but at least they waited for isaac and kaden at the church for a bit) i didnt want sam/isaac and red to die so im glad that at the epilogue we discover that sam is alive and was saved by a man in a bunker but now sam is alone and still a bti weak and where will he go and how will he find kaden and ara. and kaden and ara dont know that sam is alive too. i hope they find each other. ara reaches her familys home and finds a cat :3 (waiit the cat doesnt go with them :o) she finds a map and a note from her dad behind a picture telling her to go north (like someone from the community said they were gonna head north bc they heard theres survivors there and women etc) kaden and ara go. but its gonna be dangerous for ara bc women are sold there etc :c so theres gonna be a sequel which i want to read!!! i overall really enjoyed this book and characters and plot and cant wait for the sequel!
The Last She was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book was like Hunger Games meets Maze Runner, had a baby, and bore this one into existence. A fun read with a few perspectives, it kept me guessing until the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. For the most part I enjoyed this book,. But, it seemed very simple and predictable throughout it. I did enjoy the setting, it was very unique and not normally something that I come across.
I was honestly a bit hesitant about this book because I noticed it was a Wattpad one and I never found any books on there that I felt like was publishing worthy. However, the summary of this sounded so good and I love dystopian fiction so I had to try it at least.
Thankfully, I loved it! I found the plot to be really engaging and the characters were relatable and interesting. I felt like there was good character development and there were some really nice plot twists throughout as well. This book was much better than many popular books in this genre published by big name publishing companies.
I literally couldn't put the book down until I finished it because it had me hooked! The ending definitely was set up for a follow up, so I will be anxiously awaiting its publication too!
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC!
The Last She piqued my interest as it was described as The 100 meets The Hunger Games. Once I start a good book, it's almost impossible for me to put it down. I read it in a day. The Last She is a dystopian post-apocalyptic novel set in a world where a virus has killed off the majority of the human race except for some male survivors. Ara, a nineteen year old girl, has somehow survived in the world during the three years since the world as they knew it seemingly ended.
I was instantly caught by the premise of this book. It is a really interesting theme and I was so excited to receive this arc.
The author put a lot of work into developing this world and creating a heroine that is brave, but realistic. I enjoyed how the author fleshed out how the disease spread and how our world crumbled into this madness. I definitely think this piece deserves a sequel to continue to develop the story.
My one critique is that the romance felt a little forced in the beginning. I think it could have waited to develop fully until we were further into the plot.
I can't wait to read more from this author in the future!
Thank you Netgalley and Wattpad books for allowing me to read the book in exchange for a honest review!
THE LAST SHE is about Ara and Kaden, who are our two POVs. Ara is presumed to be the last girl on earth due to a deadly plague that targeted women, children, animals and some men. Kaden is part of a clan of men who are surviving in this post-apocalyptic world. Ara has been surviving on her own for three years after her father mysteriously doesn't show up at a "return" point. When Ara is captured by Kaden, he brings her to his clan to find out more on why she survived and if there are more like her.
I really like the whole premise. The story reminds me of The 100, Maze Runner, and Chaos Walking. Ara is a strong independent character and I like how she is developed throughout the whole book. I feel like Kaden got a little shunted in the development but I still very much liked his character arc. I am unsure if there is a sequel due to the ominous last chapter and Epilogue but if there isn't I'm fine with the open ending. It would leave us in our own imagination of what may of happened next.
I absolutely loved this book. You have an amazing story line plot, challenges and romance. There’s a lot of character development as well. And the characters connection is fantastic
It leaves you wanting more and incapable of being able to put it down.
Talk about setting a scene and pushing me into an adventure! It's a unique premise in a post-apocalyptic world where a horrible disease turns animals into huge, ravaging beasts and makes eyes bleed. It kills mainly women, but it is contagious. The idea of a woman surviving is so surreal, but we have Ara, the main character. She is surviving and trying to find some clues to help her find her way in this world. Then there is a Kaden, a man who doesn't quite fit in, but it loved and protected by so many. These characters are so flawed and I could see them going page by page on this adventure.
The dual perspectives was super awesome to read. I love seeing this different ways they are living and I feel like they were very distinct. The side characters hold such an important part in this book and they really do bring the adventure and the suspense with them.
When this comes out, you NEED to read it! I am loving the sci-fi feels while still being very down-to-earth and relatable. I connected with this book is plenty of ways, and if there is more to this book, I am here for it!
**I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback!
*Received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Ok, I have to say I enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would! It was a great take on the whole 'end of the world scenario'. It also was a surprisingly easy quick read!
I really enjoyed the MC, she wasn't whiny and was a good strong character(even if there were times I wanted to throttle her) and her love interest.
I don't want to give any spoilers, but I do recommend reading this book if you want a good take on Dystopian fantasy that's also an easy read!
After a virus wipes out the children and the women of the world, Ara finds herself as the lone female survivor. When she is captured by Kaden and his clan of men, she has no idea what is in store for her. All she wants to do is go back home and hopefully find her father.
This post-apocalyptic story was everything I could have wanted. My interest was piqued immediately. It has a real Walking Dead vibe in the sense that the characters need to learn to survive in a world that is nothing like it was before.
I found the characters to be really well fleshed out. I grew to love some of them. I also loved to hate some of them! It's a great read that I highly recommend.
Ara is the last female alive and after months of being alone she meets Kaden and he takes her captive but Ara is a fighter and determined to find her way back home, back to the beginning.
I couldn't put this book down! The characters were easy to follow and feel invested in, the ending left me wanting more, and the concept was something that fed into my love of dystopia.
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I can't wait to read what comes next!
Thank you so much Wattpad Books, Nelson and NetGalley for this riveting new ebook copy!
WoW! This book blew me away! I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this story! But honestly what I got was not what I was expecting! In a freaking fabulous way too!
I have over time gotten so hooked on apocalypse, plagues and viruses stories. Like its my new jam!
And this book.was everything. It hooked me from get go. I couldn't stop reading once I started.
Ara is such a badass who I admired. Her character was freaking phenomenal.
The writing was fabulous. Nelson really did an outstanding job here.
I read that this is going to be a series and I sure hope so.
PS.... If you need a advanced reader on book two! I'm so your girl! 👋😘
Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to read your novel! It was an honor
I will post to my platforms closer to pub date!
This was rather interestingly intriguing. I loved everything about this novel and would most definite want to see it in person and own a copy. I enjoyed how the MC was the last female due to a virus that wiped out most or all females. This felt more dystopian sci-fi so maybe add dystopian to the tags.
At first I thought this was going to be another end of the world boy-meets-girl and falls in love book. In a way it is, but in other ways it isn’t. The story involving Ara’s sister and Gabriel’s clan made this book one of a kind.
What a great book!! I read it through in one day and couldn't put it down. It's the epitome of a post apocalyptic story with those left to navigate a new world without modern conveniences. Communities formed for good and evil and new leaders emerge as they all strive for survival, a sense of community while fighting for the last few commodities left. This version follows the one remaining woman left, trying to find her way through the world alone, taught to not trust any men. She finds herself found and forced to join a clan of men. Her fight for the life she chooses, to not be seen as an object and to see through the commitment she made to her father to "go back to the beginning". Relationships are formed and tested, challenges emerge and fighting ensues as she struggles to find her way back to the beginning. She becomes the object of affection as would be expected being the only woman to be seen in three years but also seen as something to be caged away and protected to be able to continue the human race. It seems like there is a pretty good chance that there will be a second book and lots of story lines that could develop into multiple books. I can't wait to see how the series evolves.
Thank you for HJ Nelson and Wattpad books for allowing me to read and review this book.
Let me just start by saying that these post-apocalyptic books terrify me, always have an always will. It probably does not help that I read this in 2021. While this is not my typical genre to read, I did think this book had a lot of positives. The book follows Ara, who has not seen another female in years due to a pandemic and then is subsequently captured by a group of men. She quickly joins their clan, but she has another mission from her father, to find out how this all started.
What I liked: This book was nonstop action, and if you are a big YA fan, this is for you. While there is a romance, it is not over the top and the plot mostly focuses on Ara’s need for survival. The book moved quickly and kept you on your toes to try to find out what would happen next.
To keep in mind: Make sure to check trigger warnings before reading because there are a bunch of potential ones. There were some odd time jumps in the middle that if they were explored more in depth could have given us more insight into the characters. There was also a character at the beginning who is quickly removed and we never hear about him again; however, it is clear that there is going to be a sequel so it may be addressed then.
Rating: I would recommend this to anyone who loves YA literature and is looking for something that is not focused solely on the romance aspect. I found the writing to be overall very clear, and the book had a lot of action that kept it interesting.
I have a feeling that this is the first book in a new series by H. J. Nelson and I really hope I'm not wrong! I struggled at the beginning but quickly got sucked in and invested in everyone's lives. It's an interesting premise but I do wish the plague and everything that followed had been explained a little better. I can't wait to read the next book in the series so hopefully I will get approved for that one too when it's time. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.
TW there is some animal violence which I was not a fan of, but one instance made for a hell of scene. Ugh
When the world ends thanks to a mysterious illness that effects females more than males, Ara knows she has to be more than just careful. She’s separated from her father and he tells her “go back to the beginning” before sprinting off. Ara then has to find her way back to her childhood home where she and her father abandoned her younger sister at the signs of the illness in her eyes. She meets Kaden and the clan of men he lives with and once her gender is discovered there are power struggles and many vie for her attention. But she HAS to find the beginning and find her family again, and these men are in her way.
Very good story, kinda I Am Legend meets Scottish war clans. I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to a sequel for these characters!
I enjoyed the writing style of the author. I really liked the ending, a good cliffhanger is always something I form a love-hate relationship with. It is definitely written for young adult in the use of language. I would compare the writing and character relationships to that of Maggie Stiefvater's in "The Raven Cycle' series.
You had me at, ""The 100" meets "The Hunger Games" in this post-apocalyptic romantic adventure about the last woman on Earth." This is everything I could've asked for in a book and more, truly. "The Last She" was instantly addicting and I had trouble putting it down.
Ara is the only woman who survived a deadly virus and she hasn't seen another person in months, ever since her father disappeared. While attempting to survive on her own, Ara gets caught stealing from Kaden and his group. Surprised to find that their thief is a girl and the first one they've seen in three years they take her captive, but Ara, who was taught to not trust men, is determined to escape and follow through on her dad's mission–to go back to beginning.
Every character felt incredibly realistic, whether I loved or hated them, which was refreshing; the plot is quick paced; the concept is captivating for any dystopian lover; and it's the perfect mix of action and romance. I also enjoyed the change in perspectives as it helped move the story along, never making the reader feel stuck in one place or mind too long.
My main advice would be for the author to develop the main romantic relationship more so it does not appear like instant puppy love. These two characters come to the realization of their feelings for each other rather fast and we miss seeing it all. This is common in young adult stories and is a personal pet peeve of mine. I could've done without the epilogue as well, I don't think it was necessary.
I would recommend "The Last She" in a heartbeat and I can't wait to explore a sequel.
I received a “The Last She” e-book free from NetGalley and Wattpad Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
I haven’t read a dystopian that pulled me in completely since Divergent… and The Last She pulled me in completely.
Following the characters Ara and Kaden, we see how they survive in the world after a mystery illness killed all women- except for Ara- as they are faced with human and non-human threats and their own emotions.
This book perfectly mixes romance, mystery, intriguing characters, and the problem of humanity in a dystopian setting, and I ate it up.
With a dual point of view, Ara is introduced first, and she is shown as a woman who is highly cautious of men. Throughout the book, we get flashbacks that all add to the intrigue and show us more of who Ara is and what shaped her into the woman she is throughout the main storyline. We see a woman shaped by the people she’s met and the world around her with the main problem of her being a woman. All while trying to follow her father's (very) cryptic instructions.
We then get introduced to Kaden, a man who is caring and sarcastic, especially when it comes to Ara. His humanity plays a big part in this book and who he becomes. Through his chapters, we get to see the internal war (and external war) he goes through when it comes to Ara and the world, and being torn between choosing his feelings or his duty.
Most of the main action was in the second half of the book, and it was a little hectic for a while. But, that didn’t make the first half any less enjoyable. The first half did a great job of building the world and investing in the characters. It makes you fall in love with the story and the characters before bringing in the main action, and it flowed very well, even though the first half was slower.
I originally read The Last She on Wattpad when it was first written. I remembered very little about it when I started reading this, and I was so glad. Not knowing made this book so much better, and the anticipation of events to come made it all the more worth it. H.J. Nelson built a world that was easy to picture, characters you could invest in, and a story that left me wanting more.
Thank you to NetGalley and Wattpad Books for sending me this e-book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was probably one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.
Thank you so much to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early review copy of this book!
This book took me by surprise. I didn’t really know what to expect going into it but the description sounded interesting and I was recommended it by a friend, and honestly I was not disappointed. The action scenes are really well written and the places and people are written with so much detail. The story also ended up being very refreshing and it was a really fun read. I don’t know if I would say it’s similar to the hunger games as they describe but it is a fun dystopian read for those who love the genre.
I started this one thinking it was a stand alone. I didn't realize it was a trilogy. So here I am finishing this one up thinking that that was the end. When this killer twist comes out of nowhere. Then another twist pops out of the earth. And now I am crying because I have to wait for the next one. :(do you see my tears?):
This apocalyptic thriller with a light romance reminded me of Resident Evil twisted with The Walking Dead. I think fans of both of those shows will devour this one. I started and finished it in just over 5 hours because I could not put it down.
I would say this one is most likely better set for high young adult fans. There are two attempted rape parts in the story and some gore and a lot of death in this one.
Ara was such a strong female character. I loved how she was head strong and didn't need help saving herself. She knew how to survive and she did. I can not wait to see what happens in book two after the twists at the end of this one. I am so excited to continue the series.
Go Into This One Knowing: Attempted Rape, Gore, Murder, High YA
Wow! I was hooked from the start, This was such a captivating read. I enjoyed the plot/setting. Definitely recommend. 5/5 Stars!
Thank you Netgalley and Wattpad books for allowing me to read the book in exchange for a honest review!
HOLY!! This was incredible. A post-apocalyptic book with the world's potentially last female? Sign me up! I was hooked from the very first line. This book kept me enthralled. I love the characters Ara, Kaden, Sam, and Isaac. They are incredible characters. I was so worried for Ara. Most of the world's population is gone, women have not been seen in years. She is believed to be the last woman or one of the last women. What could possibly go wrong?! She is living by herself trying to not run into anyone. When she is captured by Kaden and his group. I do not want to spoil anything so I won't say much more about that. I want to know how did this disease/illness come? Why? I need to know! This book was so suspenseful. The descriptions of the infected animals are chilling. Please please tell me there is going to be a sequel. I need answers. Please read this book. You will not regret it. I felt an array of emotions the entire time. I hated when I finally reached the end, I did not want to be finished. I am going to order a hard copy of the book now!
The story is about Ara, the last female on earth to survive a horrible disease that has devastated the world. With her mother and sister dead, and father disappeared, there's only one thing left to do, survive and follow the last clue her father left her.
"Ara . . . I made a mistake, we all did . . . go back to the beginning . . . it’s not too late."
Kaden has one goal, keeping his brother safe. When Kaden and his crew are traveling along when they stumble upon Ara trying to steal from them. They capture her, only to find out that Ara is a girl, and in that moment when Kaden decided to take her back with them to the clan, their fates became intertwined. It is written from Ara and Kaden's viewpoint.
The descriptions early on were a bit much for me, but other than that it was pretty great. I recommend this to all, you wont regret it. I hope there will be a series!
The Last She is pretty much my jam. We've got an apocalypse plague, some survivors surviving, some traipsing around, and some mysteriousness. What's not to love!? When we meet Ara, she's just trying to survive after losing everything and everyone to a devastating plague. She also knows that historically, females do not survive this illness. Yet, here she is. She is also smart enough to know that she probably doesn't want to be found, with everyone thinking she's the last (or certainly among the last) females in existence.
But despite her best efforts, she's discovered. And although she tries to pretend she's a boy, it doesn't work for long. What ensues is some high stakes, high octane survival, with an added mystery thrown in. Once its clear that Kaden and his cohorts (at least, the ones he trusts) are among the good guys, the enemies become clearer. Kaden's group is split into factions, and of course, one group isn't exactly planning to respect Ara or her uterus.
And while they're trying to remain safe, Ara has a bit of a side project: her father has left her instructions to basically save the world. Ara has no idea what that will entail, but she's determined to figure it out. Kaden, for his part, finds himself willing to follow her to the ends of the earth to do it.
I really enjoyed the characters. Ara was a tough cookie, and was going to try to survive at any cost, which I obviously respected. Kaden had a found family (and some actual family, even) that he was determined to keep safe as well. I loved how Ara bonded with them, too. It was great getting to not only get to know the characters, but to see their relationships develop.
The whole book is just so readable, frankly. The pacing is great, there are plenty of twists and turns, and I simply could not put it down!
Bottom Line: I'm going to need the sequel. Like, immediately.
The world has ended. Everything Ara has ever known has been taken from her. Now the only person she has left has disappeared. Forced to travel through the male infested wasteland that once was Idaho, she does everything possible to stay alive and stay safe. Ara is the last living female on the planet as far as they are aware and that means no where on earth is safe for her. Intent on stealing from a passing group of men, instead she finds herself caught and taken into their territory. Her jailor, Kaden, she hopes might also be her rescuer in the end.
Huge thanks to Netgalley, Edelweiss, Wattpad Books, and H.J. Nelson for an advanced copy of this book. You can pick up your own copy out December 7, 2021.
I just want to put a disclaimer that this book touches on SA and I wanted everyone to be aware should you decide to pick up your own copy.
The Last She came out on Wattpad in 2015 and was a huge hit in 2016 earning it a Watty award. It currently sits at #1 in dystopian and numerous other categories on Wattpad and it was announced that it is in the process of being adapted for the screen. It is the first book in a trilogy and it's written in both Ara and Kaden's point of views. During Ara's pov, you are often thrust back in time to when her family was still around.
I can see why this book was such a big hit. 2016 was around the time that dystopian and post apocalyptic books and movies were all the rage. Think Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The 5th Wave. I love a good dystopian, sadly this one fell a little bit short for me. I will start you off with the things I liked, before I move into the where it went wrong. The premise is brilliant. This teenage female braving the world alone, existing as the last known female. You know I also love me some romantic tropes and this one included insta-love AND a love triangle (sort of). I appreciate how well rounded all of the characters were, even the ones with a bit part. Each one made you love them or hate them. It takes an amazing writing ability to have a reader feel something towards every character discussed in the book.
I really could have lived without the back and forth. I'm not going to go into it too much here because I don't want to give anything away, but do we really need all the self sacrifice and constant escaping then getting caught? Once or twice is understandable but it's like all the action was built around how many times Ara or Kaden would escape and then turn themselves in so the other isn't hurt. Honestly, it got boring. It's really the only thing that I didn't like about the book., but when your plot moves in circles, it doesn't make readers want to reach for the next book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian with a little romance, To anyone who appreciates a good insta-love trope. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who gets tired of reading the same thing over and over again.
⭐⭐⭐✨ 3.5 stars from me for The Last She.
The Last She was a fast paced read! I always enjoy a dystopian story and this is just that. A plague wipes out majority of the women and girls in the world. Ara somehow survived the plague and fights for her survival in a very harsh world. I liked the survival aspects of the story. It felt a little too real at some points but it just sucked me in further.
Character wise - I enjoyed most of the characters. The group of men that Ara comes across is full of different personalities. There is someone for everyone. Within the main core group I loved how supportive and loving everyone one and most of all, how accepting they were of Ara. I was worried it was going to take a weird sexual turn with Ara being one of the last girls on Earth but I'm glad it didn't.
The story line was exciting and I was kept on my toes throughout. I wish there would have been a little more background on the world and the plague as there was quite a few questions I had. Towards the end some things are answered but honestly, it was left with even more questions. I also didn't realize this was part of a series so the ending surprised me!
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy stories like The Hunger Games, The 100, The Grace Year, and others like them.
If you like dystopians, enemies to lovers and found family mixed with a lot of action, this is the book for you. I absolutely loved this book. I became absorbed inside the story and it has a lot of edge of your seat moments. I enjoyed plot development and the storyline, but I absolutely adored the characters. The ending is a tad bit open, not a cliffhanger, but it does leave you with a deep desire for the next book. I felt like you get a good amount of a story in this one.
This one is advertised as a The Hunger Games meets The 100, and I was hooked by that! I did think that The Last She ticked the boxes for action.
Whilst I enjoyed the action, the writing felt a bit choppy, and at some points, confusing. That being said, this one was certainly quick paced, and I liked the apocalyptic parts of the story. I just wished there was more character growth and world building.
The writing definitely made it fast paced, and wild. I just wished it was refined a bit more, honestly. I did enjoy the perspectives and how they kind of alternated every chapter between Ara and Kaden. Whilst I did enjoy this, it felt a little too reliant on the instalove trope, something I just simply don't understand.
I'd recommend this one for those looking for a fun action dystopian fiction!
This was such an amazing dystopian novel. This book is about a girl named Ara who is the only person alive and tries to complete her father's mission until she is captured by a crew who might help her with her mission. I really enjoy dystopian novels like these as there are so many things hiding that we, the readers, don't know about. The writing was well done (though there was one problem) with a fast pacing, great story structure and an amazingly done world building. The one problem was that there were flashbacks in the story which was confusing in the way it was written in the book. Hopefully that will be fixed. There were also many conflicts in this book to keep readers entertained with also so many jaw dropping moments when something is revealed. There are also many great twists and turns and easter eggs that might be involved with the second book. I think for the writing part, the author nailed it.
This book is written in both Ara and Kaden's pov with bits of Ara's flashbacks. I have to say that I enjoyed Kaden's pov more for some reason. Ara is badass don't get me wrong but at some points she would get very annoying. I understand that she is in survival mode but her crush on Kaden would sometimes make her do things that didn't make sense. I enjoyed Kaden's character as he tries to protect the found family and actual family he has. Both characters do have a character development that was greatly done which is expected in my opinion for sci-fi books. This is also one of those apocalypse books with side characters so that was amazing but it kind of gets boring with just the two main characters in the story. There are enemies to lovers romance in this book which are cute but not the best enemies to lovers romance I have read.
The ending was amazingly done with that type of ending where it was wow and you can't wait to get the next book in your hands. There are things that were revealed which I can't wait to see how it plans out in the second book. This book was amazingly written with a minor problem which I think would be solved in the final copy of the book. This book is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The 100.
Thank you to NetGalley for a digital ARC of The Last She!
The Last She is a dystopian post-apocalyptic book where a virus has killed off most of the human race except for some male survivors. Ara, a nineteen year old girl, has miraculously survived the virus and has been trying to get back to the beginning to honor her fathers last request. She now has to survive on her own until she runs into a group of men who have not seen a female for three years. If you like action packed books that feature a strong female character, beautifully written realistic world, surprising twists of love, betrayal, revolution, and amazing side characters, then you will LOVE this book! It ends in a major cliffhanger, and I can't wait until the next book!
Thank you Wattpad Books Publishing for sending me an eARC through Netgalley.
"'I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love been when I cannot feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent.'
'Who said that?'
'Someone who also lived in darkness and managed to find the light.'"
I can NOT believe I haven't heard more people talking about this book. Think of it as the ultimate combination of the TV show, Motherland: Fort Salem and classic dystopian novels, like The Fifth Wave and Divergent.
The readers follow two main characters - the fiery and fierce redhead, Adra, who is suspected to be the last female on Earth, and green-eyed and dark-haired Kaden. I loved the dynamic between the two of them and had so much fun reading this book. I could not put it down, and the writing kept me engaged. The worldbuilding was well-done too, though I wish we would have gotten more backstory of the cycles of the plague that had swept the land like how the five waves in the Fifth Wave did. The whole clan thing was brilliant addition on Nelson's part.
The only things that prevented me from giving this a full 5 stars were the pacing and character inconsistencies. Pacing-wise, I sometimes felt like I missing part of the story because scenes jumped from one another instead of flowing into each other. I had no sense of how long passed between each scene (most of the time), which left something to be desired for me. I don't like not knowing when or how long a story takes place. And then character-wise, the characters sometimes felt out of character to me. There were several times while reading, I thought "That doesn't sound like the Adra I just read about." The characters were also a little dull sometimes, while other times I was like "I LOVE these characters!"
Other than that though, I enjoyed this story about the last known female on earth after a plague swept across the world. I hope to read more about Adra's and Kaden's story in a sequel because I really want Adra to find her father and sister (and possibly other females as well) and restore the human race to its former glory. Do not be fooled by the synopsis - this book has a lot of action (and a little gore) and is definitely a story worth adding to your TBR.
I think I have a new book obsession! I was hooked right from the start! I love me an end of the world story and this concept of Ara being the last woman on earth was really well done!
I am obsessed with Kaden and Ara. They are one of my new OTPs. I cannot wait for the next book so I can read more about them and this crazy world they live in!
When I saw the description of The 100 meets The Hunger Games I was all in!
This absolutely did not disappoint. The last woman on Earth, a savaged society and a plague sets Ara’s world on fire.
It’s time to go back to the beginning. I loved this. I cannot wait for the next two books!
Thank you #wattpadbooks and #NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review
I liked this book a lot. I mean, a lot! It wasn’t something I’d read again and again, but it was a compelling read that I was invested in all the way to the end.
Unlike a lot of sci-fi books I’ve read this year, I didn’t find any drag or filler in this book. It moved along at a natural, nice pace: accelerating where needed, slowing down when needed, and coasting naturally. The constant changes of scenery, switching of sides and allegiances, and “side quests” (as I took to calling them inside my head) kept everyone and everything moving around the FMC’s central conflict, ensuring no character was wasted. That’s something that’s really refreshing, because I’m really sick of seeing supporting characters wasted.
All in all, this book was a very promising start to what looks like will be a series? I know I’ll be on the lookout for more.
I had such a blast reading this book! I really feel like it has a lot of deep commentary on human nature and the importance of real human connection. This book was adventurous and fun, though I did find myself wishing to get to know one of the main characters, Kaden, a bit more. His past seemed glossed over and it definitely felt like an injustice to him to not tell his story, too. Overall, a fun read that touches upon some serious and deep topics.
This is a story about the last of us.
I picked this up because a friend was singing its praises and she has great taste. It did not disappoint! This book was excellent, and touched on all of the traditional elements of a story about collapsed society, but through a charter driven first person lens with compelling dual narrators. I cried more than once by the end, and then immediately paid for access to wattpad premium so I could bing books 2&3 today (I think I never in my life thought I would be doing).
Thank you so much netgalley Wattpad Bookf & H.J. Nelson for this eArc.
I really enjoyed this book!! It was a fast paced, gripping tale of one young woman’s journey of survival in a world where females are now though to be non-existing. It was exactly what I like in a post-apocalyptic book. I really loved the main character Ara and how she was independent and adjusted to life surviving on her own. I also really enjoyed the other characters including Kaden, Sam, Issac and Liam, who treated Ara as a person not as the last women to posses and imprison. I can’t wait to see what will happen next in Ara’s journey to find her family!
This is a great book about a post apocalyptic love story. There was a bit of some draw back. 1. The story seemed to change near the end. The Last She is about the last female. Then we find out that there is another girl and possibly MORE. SO I felt a little like it was changed at the last minute to make the book into a series.
2. the bad guy was a typical bad guy. The reader isn't left with too much of an understanding of why the bad guy is the way he is or what his intentions are. We have the love interest tell the reader that the bad guy is bad, but he didn't give off any bad guy vibes.
3. the virus, the end of the world was never explained in ANY detail. Some detail would have been appreciated, some back story would have been appreciated it.
The love story was interesting, the virus/plague was a good element to the story, and the play of the tribe was good.
Overall a good start to a series. There always has to be a series with post apocalyptic stories.
***Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***
Great premise, and very original! The writing was a bit sparse at times for such an unprecedented situation, but the plot kept me reading and the characters were so well-developed and distinguishable. Definitely going to check back for more from this author!
ANOTHER FIVE-STAR READ. This one was awesome! This book has it all! Action, adventure, romance (no smut), and THE APOCALYPSE! The Last She was a fast read, sitting at just under 3,500 words, I knocked this out in a day because I have no self-control.
I got this title as an ARC from NetGalley, which has opened my horizons to new books, many I have loved! It takes place in a dystopian future where a plague has wiped out massive amounts of the population, mostly men are left. Ara, our 19-year-old MC, has survived a few years after the plague hit the world and is the last surviving woman. She is separated from her father, and must continue on her own to 'go to the beginning'. Drilling in the 'men are the enemy', by her father Ara strives to avoid all forms of life to include animals that were also affected by the plague. In her search, she comes across a band of men, the first humans she has seen in months, led by a ruggedly handsome Kaden. Their adventures take them through the highs and lows of trusting one another along with battling the elements and forging a future for themselves while navigating their feelings for one another.
This was truly a great beginning of a (fingers-crossed) duology. Their love is adorable and feisty (strictly YA). I will warn anyone that reads it that your heart will ache and then you will be angry and then you will be left...with a cliffhanger. Ara is by far one of my favorite female characters to date, she is gritty, tough, and badass! There are a couple of trigger warnings as well to include assault. The storyline was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the author's voice and story-telling. My only complaint with this was the occasional confusion I had when flash-backs were in Ara POV, I had to double back a couple of times to make sure I didn't skip a page or something. I'm so ready to learn more about Kaden's background and conclude that flippin' cliffhanger! This was originally published on WATTPAD so I have crossed my fingers that the sequel isn't too far behind. I loved it!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it is. There is a romance but it's not solely a romance, there is mystery but it's not solely a mystery, there were science fiction elements, but it's not solely a sci-fi. You can see where I'm going here I suppose. There is a good mixture of all of these elements, culminating in a very readable , compelling book.
Ara is, as far as she knows, the only female survivor of a plague that desolated the world. Alone since her father disappeared, she runs into a group of men led by Kaden who captures her to 'protect' her. Her mission is to get 'back to the beginning' set by her father's words. Will Kaden help her with her mission?
Dual POVs, with both of the protagonists being survivors, personal and insightful of its character. Ara is stubborn, determined, suspicious of others, while Kaden is inherently kind even after what he has been through, more trusting and open to possibilities and truly adventuresome. I enjoy the way they interact. Both POVs are equally captivating. You like the characters more and more as the story progresses, even some unexpected ones. And you really despise other ones.
Presenting lots of interesting, clever details, very realistic descriptions, some even beautiful, all of these building the world for us. You really feel like you're in this post-virus. world. An attention-grabbing pace where the suspense is palpable and the flow of the narrative feels natural, with its well-written characters. There are many moments when you want to knock some sense into the characters, but that just means the author has succeeded in making us care.
This has a generally intelligent laid-out plot that is in no way predictable. Except for one plot device/ offer made to the enemy that just seemed silly to me, so wrong for the characters, wrong for the story. But I must begrudgingly admit it is mostly a hiccup and leads to better things.
Questions that arise reading this are: Is there a line anymore when the future is at stake. Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?
Difficult situations bring out the best or the worst in people. What matters is the journey not the destination, and here the journey is quite enjoyable and the destination 'reeks' of a great sequel. Let us not forget the epilogue which made me want to scream and cheer at the same time.
I found this one super thrilling! Enjoyed the plot and the characters. Such a refreshing YA novel! I have never read anything like it. Great book and I can’t wait to read more from this author.
What if you were the only woman to survive a deadly virus that came on and spread rapidly?
Ara used to have her father by her side to help her navigate this new world. It's been months since she lost him and has been on her own. Her father has told her not to trust any men, it's too dangerous in a world like this. She had every intention of staying on her own, in search of what her father wanted her to find, until she stumbled across Kaden and his crew. When they catch her tracking them and stumbling into their territory, they take her captive. Kaden tells himself it's to protect her but he can't help but feel he's made the wrong decision. Will she find her way back to the beginning like her father asked or will she be stuck with Kaden's crew forever? What will happen to her when he brings her to meet the rest of his clan?
I love dystopian stories but am always nervous going into them. I always wonder how it can be made different enough from all the others and hold a reader's interest. I've not been disappointed yet and loved this book! It was filled with action, had many twists and turns, and had me flipping through the pages rapidly. I barely put this book down as I needed to know what was going to happen with Ara and her journey! I recommend this book to dystopian lovers and can't wait to read more work by H.J. Nelson.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
The Last She gave me all kinds of flashbacks to the early 2010’s, when my fave sub-genre of YA, Dystopian, was super popular. It was giving me aspects of The Fifth Wave (minus the aliens), The Darkest Minds (minus the magic), and Matched (minus the government control on relationships).
This was like if the Zombie virus broke out, but humans have all but obliterated them. It’s only been a few years since the outbreak, but humans are living. The virus just took out more women than men, so Ara feels like she’s the only one left. Of course, she’s been in hiding for years now, so she doesn’t really know exactly what’s out there.
When she starts following some men in the woods where she lives so that she can steal supplies, she’s surrounded and caught. None of them have seen a woman in a very long time… at this point is when I started getting scared that there was going to be a sexual assault, which is what I think the author wanted you to expect. It did NOT happen here, or anywhere else in the book, but the expectation was always there.
I will say that one of my big big big TRIGGER WARNINGS is animal death in books. Whether on page or of a beloved family pet off screen. Both happened in the book along with something horrible having to do with one of them that I won’t spoil for anyone who doesn’t want to know. I’m not sure if I had known, I would have read it…… but after the initial pain, I moved on.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. I definitely love this genre and need more. I will be reading the next 2 books and I’m excited for them.
The premise of this book made me super nervous to read it and although I was wrong to be nervous, I was not wrong in thinking that this book would portray a brutal vision of the not-too-distant, post-apocalyptic future.
In this version of the future, a virus has wiped out most of humanity, leaving Ara alone as she navigates a landscape sparsely peopled by only males. The cover blurb compares the story to The Hunger Games, but I appreciate that this story of survival has no formal set-up, no games to overcome.
I adorned the main character of Ara, a tough, athletic type whose drive to find out the whys of her new world keeps her human once civilization disintegrates. I also thought the pacing was superb: each new chapter introduces nail-biting stakes that kept me turning the page to the very end, and then hoping for a follow-up so that I could find what will happen next.
The only downside I found with this story was a handful of passages that contained repetitious images or words.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves YA dystopias but is ready for a story without a game or maze hook.
This book surprised me!!
The plot twists had my jaw dropped and made it hard to put down. I binged it in 2 days.
Ara and kaden were just…..UGH. The ending still has me scratching my head. Well done!
Super interesting take on a dystopian story. I really connected with the main character and found the writing style very pleasing. It was a nice easy read and I was very surprised when I came to the last chapter. I’m very interested in seeing what else is author put out
*I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this ebook from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review of this book*
The Last She has proven to be one of those books I've read that has stuck with me. I'm still thinking about Ara and her journey.
Ara hasn't seen another human in months, but finds herself following a group of men, with the plan to steal ammunition from them. When she finds herself in a predicament that gets her captured by this group of men, who discover that she is not a young man, as they originally thought, and that she is, in fact, the last she that they are aware of. Kaden, Sam, and Isaac work together to try to show Ara that she is safe with them, however, Ara fights for her freedom, soon finding that she can trust at least these men. However, there is a concern for the larger group that they are taking her to. The clan, as they have been calling it, proves to be more dangerous for Ara in more ways than she could have imagined.
Ara continues working to find a way to escape and continue on her journey. Will she succeed?
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Set several years after a virulent, deadly disease has ravaged the United States, Ara is the only female that has been seen in a long time. After losing her father, she sets out on her own only to be captured by a band of men out on a scouting mission. Ara must then negotiate the gender politics of this new world where she is a highly sought after commodity all the while trying to carry out her father's last wish for her to look into the origins of the disease that brought society to it's knees.
I am so happy to finally be reviewing this book. It's not typically what I go for when I read but I am so glad I did. This book was my first post-apocalyptic book and I'm so happy it was! It's fast paced, interesting, and such an easy read, which was a good thing. Definitely going to buy a physical copy.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher/author for providing me with an e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
This book was exactly what I wanted it to be! I loved it. I will make sure to check out other books by this author. When I requested this I was just intrigued by the concept of it and I loved how it turned out. This story had a great plot and if you have read this and enjoyed it, This was so much. It was such a great story. I would say give this one a try. I will continue to follow this author. Way to go to this author for not letting me down.
WOW this was one crazy, post-apocalyptic ride and I was hooked right from the start. It reminded me a lot of the maze runner mixed with the chaos walking series-had so many great elements of fear, suspense, and navigating the world after an unknown disease wiped out the majority of the population. Our main character, Ara, just may be the very last female left and is captured by a clan of men while attempting to steal supplies from them-and the story immediately takes off from there.
This book gave me so many feels and it really takes a lot for me to be so emotionally invested in a story that I teared up when a character died. The writings of the various post-apocalyptic was so descriptive and immaculate, it felt like i was watching a movie while reading. I am definitely kicking myself for waiting so long to pick it up, but am looking forward to singing its praise for anyone and everyone who will listen now that it is out in publication.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Wattpad Books for providing me with a copy for review!
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