Last Ones Left Alive

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What to expect

‘Bleakly beautiful. A raw emotional depth-charge of a novel’ MR Carey

LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE is the unputdownable debut novel from Sarah Davis-Goff, sure to grip readers of dystopian literary fiction such as STATION 11 or THE END WE START FROM.

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Raised by her mother and Maeve on Slanbeg, an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen has a childhood of love, rockpools and stories by the fireside. But the stories grow darker, and the training begins. Ireland has been devoured by a ravening menace known as the skrake, and though Slanbeg is safe for now, the women must always be ready to run, or to fight.

When Maeve is bitten, Orpen is faced with a dilemma: kill Maeve before her transformation is complete, or try to get help. So Orpen sets off, with Maeve in a wheelbarrow and her dog at her side, in the hope of finding other survivors, and a cure. It is a journey that will test Orpen to her limits, on which she will learn who she really is, who she really loves, and how to imagine a future in a world that ended before she was born.

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Critics Review

  • Written in sparse, affecting prose, and reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, this is a fiercely feminist, highly imaginative novel

    Observer
  • A debut novel of jaw-dropping skill and immense power, a shimmering dystopian vision but also a lucid meditation on tenderness, intimacy and courage. From the get-go it gripped me, and since the last page I’ve been haunted

    Joseph O'Connor
  • Kept me up until 2am. A triumph. A confident, assured debut from one of the most exciting new voices on the Irish literary scene

    Louise O'Neill
  • I will be cursing Last Ones Left Alive for seriously troubling dreams for weeks to come

    Patrick Gale
  • A deft and darkly enigmatic saga . . . so many details connect this terrifying Ireland to the one we recognise

    Irish Independent
  • This dystopian future Ireland will unnerve and intrigue and thrill readers everywhere

    Donal Ryan

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