The Last She - H.J. Nelson
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.
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