Title: The Last Bastion of the Living Series: The Last Bastion #1
Release Date: June 12, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.
Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.
Also by this author: The Last Mission of the Bastion
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The Last Bastion of the Living is the first book in The Bastion series by Rhiannon Frater. It is available in both paperback and e-book format from online retailers only.
The book starts out with a bang, moving along briskly through lots of action. There isn’t much world-building or character development at first, but it does give a little history of the Bastion to place the events in some context. Unfortunately, I didn’t even know what planet they were on until later in the book. So, I think the reader needed to be given a little more information here and there–not so much as to interrupt the great action sequence, but enough to at least let the reader know that the Bastion is the last city of humans left on Earth.
Although it sweeps you up into the midst of action in the beginning, it skids to almost a complete stop once the battle is over. For a while, the reader is stuck in a totally different story about the main character’s romance with her superior officer. Then, around 25%, it gets going again. The rest of the book zips by at a fast pace with tons of action.
I thought this was a very well thought-out story. I really enjoyed reading it. It has a good mix of science, horror, and action. Maria is a nicely developed character with depth and understandable reactions. Her motivations were clear and noble. Plus, she wasn’t a killing machine without a heart. I found her to be a character I could relate to and like.
The villains in this book were mysterious. You never knew who the bad guys really were, even though you suspected it. I liked the political conspiracy and how that affected Maria’s mission.
If you like zombie books, I recommend reading this because it is so much different from the usual zombie tale. The only similarity I noticed was the idea of being able to walk among them, which reminded me of World War Z.
Overall, I thought The Last Bastion of the Living was a great book, despite the lull I mentioned earlier. If you can make it through that part, you will probably get into the story as much as I did and really enjoy it.