I received a copy of this book from Walker YA in exchange for an honest review.
I loved The Next Beginning and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe so I was super excited about reading Lauren’s new book and it did not disappoint!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.
Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .
This book starts with Lowrie and Shen being normal teenagers, but we quickly learn that they are the youngest people alive and that they grew up in a time very different to the one we live in. There is no one else their age and the population is in the hundreds and they will have to watch the population go extinct.
The story is beautiful and heart breaking at times but still hopeful. It’s a dystopia set in the future, it is still feel good and leave you feeling warm inside, yet still deals with serious and heavy topics.
This book like Lauren’s other books deals with many important topics and the consequences of those if no one does anything about it. The environment is a topic that is discussed throughout the book and what can happen to the earth if we don’t look after it. Another thing that’s discussed is what does it mean to be human? Another thing that both characters thought about throughout the book was what will they leave behind, what will be their legacy. These are things we all think about and it was so interesting to see.
I also loved how inclusive and diverse Lauren’s books always are it doesn’t feel forced. It’s so nice to see and that the characters were so accepting of it, unlike a lot of what we see today.
Okay so like Lauren’s other books there was one hell of a plot twist halfway through the book that left my shouting, WHAT?! I did not see it coming and I actually had to stop reading to process everything that I read so far in light of this new information. Just wow! I love how she can bring in plot twists that you did not expect at all.
Lowrie and Shen are such great characters. I loved their friendship and how it developed into something more. Shen is Chinese and deaf in one ear, he is kind and considerate and loves learning new things, especially in technology and computers. Whereas Lowrie prefers more active hobbies such as scuba diving and building and fixing robots. It was nice to see how different they are yet how well they live and work together. They supported each other and understood each other so well.
I also loved Maya and Riz who we see through social media posts that Lowrie finds. Even though we only see them through their posts I felt like I got to know them so well. I also loved their messages to each other and especially how passionate Maya was about the issues they both faced when they were first faced with the infertility and the human race could become extinct.
So as you can tell I really loved this book and I cannot wait to read what Lauren writes next!