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The Last Night on Earth by Victor Davis

The Last Night on Earth

by Victor Davis

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This is very short, only about 17 pages. It takes place during a future war, switching its point of view between a few citizens. David, the husband, Kara, the wife, and Simon, an actor. We're given hints about what their lives are like in this dreary future where over a billion have been killed.

David and Kara's marriage isn't going well. He wakes up to find she's gone, and the first thing he does is check for any messages reporting her death. As it turns out, she's elsewhere after having had an affair. She then steals the other man's car to try and bring some thrill in her life. Simon is the man she slept with, who essentially has a job of reporting the dead in a mandatory play.

David is an angry, abusive person. While Kara is cheating and stole the car, she has other problems, too. When someone needs medical attention at the play, she simply says she "isn't that kind of doctor" when David starts telling her to go help. He's an angry man, but he's also frustrated that Kara isn't trying to save someone when she can. Kara, on the other hand, isn't sure what the point is in bothering when a billion people can be wiped away in a single nuke anyway. Simon has a little less development going for him, mostly having lost the thrill of being able to sleep with a lot of women.

I'd agree with other reviewers I saw in that this is too short. The writing is good. The issues are there, and even though none of the characters can be described as great people you can kind of relate to their situations and how depressing it's gotten. You can't get overly attached to them in the short amount of time, though. It's a very brief glimpse into their lives.

As an author, it's probably better to hear that someone "wants more" than "wants less".

I only noticed two errors while reading, and that's actually the only notes I took for this book when reading it.

...only fire and chaos and says "I don't know...

But the show must go on.The show must go on.

I'm actually not certain about the second one. The second line in it is italicized, so it looks like it's missing a space between sentences but maybe it actually is there.

Anyway, if you're interested then take a look. It's well-written and it wouldn't take very long to read, but I think its short length is a little detrimental to its impact in this case.

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  Eisah | Feb 19, 2016 |
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