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The Last Drop (Volume 1) by Andrea Perno

The Last Drop (Volume 1)

by Andrea Perno

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My original The Last Drop audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

In the not-to-distant future the world has used up most of its drinkable water through pollution and the results of global warming. The military has erected fortresses around the remaining fresh water sources, but only protects its own and their families. The thirsty hoards outside are left to die of thirst and starvation.

The ruthless General Cade protects his family, but at a high cost. Brutal and erratic, he beats his wife and children. But what choice do they have, stay in fear or die outside. Well, there is one other choice. Leave the planet for another chance on the recently discovered earth-like world only two years travel away. The only problem is, the natives aren’t that welcoming, and water again is scarce.

The several love stories interwoven through the story bring us an understanding of the natives and the brutality of the military humans. Desperate to survive, both sides will do what they have to, to save their people. Cooperation might have helped both, but it is far too late for that.

The Last Drop is a fantasy novel disguised as science fiction. Fantasy allows all us to believe all kinds of magic and powers without question, Science Fiction requires some essence of plausibility. This novel stretches the science too far to be believable. Go into it with this understanding, and it is an enjoyable tale for young adults. The teenage main characters are as ingenious and brave as they are inexperienced and insecure. They do what’s right when the adults just want to destroy everything. We know they are the heroes and hope they will eventually save the day.

The audio is performed by Austin Rising, who has a wonderful voice and an amazing array of character portrayals. The variety is certainly surprisingly broad and interesting, but also sometimes odd. Why do some of the scientists have a kind of “Yosemite Sam” accent? It is only head-scratchingly weird and doesn’t take away from an otherwise fine performance.

The Last Drop is volume one of a series of unknown length. It sort of wraps up as a novel, but clearly is not complete. You’ll want to find out what happens to the main characters, the natives and their world. The groundwork is laid and is just getting started.

Recommended for young adults and older. There is quite a bit of graphic violence, but would only be disturbing to highly sensitive individuals. Sexual encounters are only alluded to and shouldn’t bother most young listeners.

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