Books from the Backlog #201

Posted February 17, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 11 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #201The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Published by Del Rey on March 24, 2020
Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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The last human in the universe must battle unfathomable alien intelligences--and confront the truth about humanity--in this ambitious, galaxy-spanning debut

"A good old-fashioned space opera in a thoroughly fresh package."--Andy Weir, author of The Martian

"Big ideas and believable science amid a roller-coaster ride of aliens, AI, superintelligence, and the future of humanity."--Dennis E. Taylor, author of We Are Legion

Most days, Sarya doesn't feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. Most days, she's got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn't casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again.

And most days, she can almost accept that she'll never know the truth--that she'll never know why humanity was deemed too dangerous to exist. Or whether she really is--impossibly--the lone survivor of a species destroyed a millennium ago. That is, until an encounter with a bounty hunter and a miles-long kinetic projectile leaves her life and her perspective shattered.

Thrown into the universe at the helm of a stolen ship--with the dubious assistance of a rebellious spacesuit, an android death enthusiast on his sixtieth lifetime, and a ball of fluff with an IQ in the thousands--Sarya begins to uncover an impossible truth. What if humanity's death and her own existence are simply two moves in a demented cosmic game, one played out by vast alien intellects? Stranger still, what if these mad gods are offering Sarya a seat at their table--and a second chance for humanity?

The Last Human is a sneakily brilliant, gleefully oddball space-opera debut--a masterful play on perspective, intelligence, and free will, wrapped in a rollicking journey through a strange and crowded galaxy.

Why did I add The Last Human to my bookshelf?

This is another book that has been hanging out on my NetGalley shelf for a while. I didn’t actually request this one but I did wish for it. I used to be pretty quick to click on the wish for it button without really thinking about it because not many wishes are granted. At least, I am not getting a lot of wishes, are you? But I did wish for it so I need to read it. I actually picked up a copy of the audiobook not too long so I will probably go that route. On Goodreads, the reviews are really all over the place so I hope that it ends up working for me.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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11 responses to “Books from the Backlog #201

  1. Space operas usually work for me. I can only really do sci-fi light kind of stuff. I swear I got wish books I didn’t wish for.

  2. I like the sound of this one. I’ve clicked on several ‘wish for it’ and only been granted a few. But, yes, even if I lost interest afterward, I feel that extra need to read them since it was a wish.

  3. Those NetGalley shelves are dangerous! I’m cheating a little and making some progress by getting audios from my library and going that route with them. This sounds interesting though maybe not for me. I’ll look for your review!