Author: Andy Goldman Release Date: July 19th 2014 Series: Book 1 Genre: Science Fiction Edition: Mobi (Kindle) Pages/Locations: 5550 Publisher: Createspace Source: Author (Thanks Andy!) Buy it here: Amazon
Eighteen-year-old Allin Arcady only wants one thing: to reach the Roof of the World and see the Sun for the first time in his life. The problem is, he’s lost in the depths of the ruined planet-city called Earth, fleeing the horrors of his past.
When his past catches up to him, Allin is thrust into a science fantasy adventure in which he meets a race of genetically-modified cats, tangles with vengeful werewolves, and parlays with cyborgs. Along the way, Allin is forced to decide: will he spend his whole life running or take a stand against the forces that want to finish off the Earth once and for all?
The Only City Left is an excellent book with a well-developed plot. The plot is told from a first POV and is action packed. There is no moment for rest, not for the hero and nor to the reader. With each page you’ll turn you’ll think “this can’t get any weirder” but then it will, lol. The moment I finished reading this book I felt emotionally drained, but in a very good way.
I feared for the characters, I laughed with them and I cried with them. I enjoyed reading this book immensely and I think the author has done a wonderful job creating this world and building all the wonderful characters in it.
The main character Allin, is well written and I felt as if I was on an adventure with him. Andy Goldman did a wonderful job with Allin and let us into Allin’s emotions and thoughts. I loved the supporting characters as well, even though the author didn’t put a lot of details about them as I wanted but it didn’t hurt the story at all. You really get to “love to hate” the anti-protagonist in this story and I love when authors build villains like that.
There was a bit of romance in this story, but the author didn’t put much emphasis on it.
The Only City Left is a wonderfully and brilliantly written book. The writing style is simple enough for anyone to read but still full of action and emotions. The amount of twists and surprises in each chapter kept me on the edge of my sit. As a writer myself, I truly love how he wrote the action scenes and the way he tied up everything and ended the story.
From the beginning you get a full picture of Allin’s life and the world, but you still get surprised with each turn of the page. From the start it’s fast paced, as you start in mid action. I dived deep into the story from the first few pages and it was hard to pull me away from it.
I loved how the story ended a lot as a reader and as a writer. I love that the author left room for more adventure, but still could be a stand-alone as well. Lets just say that I can’t wait till I read the next book.
I know it’s a bit shallow, but I love the cover a lot. It’s simple but pretty.
I loved the Blurb, even though it has a few yummy spoilers. Because of the weird and wonderful nature of this book with all its twists and fast pace changes, I would leave some of the details out and keep it vaguer. I do love the question at the end of the blurb, it really sets the tone for Allin’s adventures.
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Opening Line: “I strode across the narrow beam, tens of stories above the ground floor of the derelict mall. Bundles of lights hung below the beam, providing dim, off-hours lighting for a workforce destined never to arrive.”
Highlights: It was a wonderful and emotional read.
“Always stay alive. Dad’s voice in my head. Okay, Dad, but only since you asked nice.”
“Up rope ladders, across platforms, up ramps, and over bridges. Climbing, always climbing, into the heart of the cat city.”
“Life wasn’t easy, or simple, or clean. Life was difficult. It was messy and chaotic and full of tough choices that you had no time to think about before you had to plunge forward down one path or another.”
Final Thoughts: If you like Sci/Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal and Dystopian books, this is by far the book for you. This was a great read.
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