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The last day – tekijä: Andy Murray
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The last day (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Andy Murray

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2059. The world has stopped turning. One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun. Only in a slim twilit region can life survive. In an isolationist Britain, Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man. It contains a powerful and dangerous secret. One that those in power will kill to conceal.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The last day
Kirjailijat:Andy Murray
Info:London : Hutchinson, 2020.
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näyttää 4/4
Post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction set in England in the near future. The science is shaky, at least to my understanding, but it may still be a satisfactory adventure story for wiling away a few hours.

It's thirty years after the Earth's rotation has been reduced to once per year. Most of the world is now too hot or too cold for life, and in the narrow band that includes England an autocratic government works to keep citizens in line and to control the rest of the habitable world. The south of England has been given to the U.S., and several million American refugees live there in near-starvation. Other foreigners are discouraged by sunken ships surrounding the island which sink anything of size inbound. Any foreigners who do get through are sent to Europe as serfs on the farms set up to supply England.

Ellen Hopper is a depressed scientist studying new ocean currents and based in the Atlantic aboard a semi-derelict ship. She reluctantly returns to London to see a dying professor and advisor, a man she banished from her life after a terrible disclosure years before. But he insists that he has something he must show her, and she is persuaded to go. The teacher dies shortly after she gets there and she begins a search for whatever it was he wanted to give her. Along the way she's chased, beaten and shot at by various government agents and meets with acquaintances of the prof's, all of whom are killed after. Clearly the government wants whatever it is she's looking for.

There is little to make the reader really relate to any of the characters, the science is questionable, and the high-action suspense seems out of character and unlikely for her. So, not particularly recommended unless you are interested in the premise and want to take a chance. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Aug 10, 2020 |
This book is set some years after a white dwarf star passing close by the solar system has caused the Earth to stop rotating. Half the planet is under constant daylight and half under constant night; both areas are uninhabitable. Survival is only possible on a narrow strip of twilight that includes the British Isles. Ellen Hopper is a scientist working on a rig in the North Atlantic and is contacted by her dying old professor who wants to pass on something to her that it quickly becomes evident the government does not want her to have. Ellen pursues the secret that will change the world’s perspective on the global catastrophe.

The dystopian world presented here is pretty much exactly as described in Orwell’s 1984, with life being nasty, brutish and short. A world living in constant daylight is described very well and the impact on nature worked into the everyday incidents of getting along and surviving.

The story is exciting and driven at a fair speed. The secret being chased is well disguised until the very end. This is a superior book. There are only two things that have held me back: Ellen Hopper is an insufferable prig and definitely focused on me-me-me; the author is clearly from the school of thought that believes the world would be a paradise with no vices and no ‘bad’ at all if there ha never been any English peoples. ( )
  pierthinker | Jul 24, 2020 |
Disappointing. An interesting premise, but mediocre writing at best. ( )
  keithostertag | Mar 16, 2020 |
The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray is a recommended dystopian thriller set in 2059.

The earth has stopped rotating, leaving half the world in perpetual light and the other in darkness. Great Britain is lucky enough to be in a narrow habitable region and is now a totalitarian nation with closed borders. A small section of land has been given to the United States for colonization. Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a rig in the Atlantic, studying ocean currents. When two government officials come to the rig via helicopter she is basically forced to go back to London to visit the bedside of her dying former Oxford mentor, Edward Thorne. He has a secret he has been keeping and government officials are sure he will tell her where to find the information they seek.

Ellen knows a secret about Thorne's past, which she keeps to herself, but she doesn't know the secret information the government seeks. They hope Thorne will tell her. What happens is that she secretly sends herself on the mission to try and figure out the truth, his secret, on her own, following clues and leads as she uncovers them. She is being watched and followed, beaten up and interrogated, yet still managing to stay one step ahead of the officials who want to destroy the information Thorne has hidden away.

The writing is good and the short chapters keep the plot moving along swiftly in this very changed world. The characters are compelling and interesting. The dystopian world will interest science fiction fans, but the plot requires setting disbelief aside in order to enjoy the mystery of Ellen's search. Her search makes this more of an espionage thriller, where the setting makes the search more interesting, but you have to believe she could find what others could not find. The ending leaves room open for a sequel.

One niggling concern in involving the reader's investment in the plot is that the science behind the slow down and stop wasn't presented until a bit later in the story when it should have been explained earlier. I found myself wanting the explanation behind it long before it was given. The second is the search by Ellen herself, which requires you to believe that the nefarious government officials wouldn't have thought of what she does and couldn't find out the information without her help.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.

http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2020/02/the-last-day.html

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3177632077 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Feb 5, 2020 |
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2059. The world has stopped turning. One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun. Only in a slim twilit region can life survive. In an isolationist Britain, Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man. It contains a powerful and dangerous secret. One that those in power will kill to conceal.

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