Who is Last?
Fame is rare in Driftwood- it’s hard to get famous if you don’t stick around long enough for people to know you. But many know the guide, Last, a one-blooded survivor who has seen his world end many lifetimes ago. For Driftwood is a strange place of slow apocalypses, where continents eventually crumble into mere neighbourhoods, pulled inexorably towards the centre in the Crush. Cultures clash, countries fall, and everything eventually disintegrates.
Within the Shreds, a rumour goes around that Last has died. Drifters come together to commemorate him. But who really was Last?
Driftwood is the invention of bestselling author Marie Brennan. Mirroring the world that many people are currently living in, the Driftwood stories chronicle the struggles of survivors and outcasts to keep their worlds alive until everything changes, diminishes, and is destroyed. Driftwood is the first full-length novel in this world.
[N THE DAYS before their world shattered, crumbled, and finally fetched up against that cluster of old realities known as Driftwood, they were called the Valraisangenek]
(@TachyonPu, 14 August 2020, 224 pages, e-book, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed)
I’d never heard of the author before but I loved the title, the cover and the premise of the book. I thought Driftwood was amazing. I need to read more of the author because I enjoyed this so much. This is different than the books I normally read, a blend of dystopian and science fiction with a dash of fantasy. I loved the concept of the book, a wasteland where dying worlds finally end up and the last members of their communities struggle to survive before everything is wiped out. The world building is excellent. The characters are all well developed as well. I thought this was a fantastic book. It’s the first in a series and I can’t wait to find out where the story goes next.