Gods of Anthem by Logan Keys #Review

****THIS BOOK HAS BEEN RENAMED THE LAST CITY*****

The newly named series “The Last City”

Link to book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3…

Book Order:
Book One: The Last City
Book Two: La La Land (now available)

Oceans apart, a young musician and a “special” soldier embark on a perilous journey for home fueled by the unyielding pursuit of freedom from the Authority.

Sixteen-year-old prodigy, Liza Randusky, waits imprisoned, blamed for the undead plague that’s slowly destroying the planet. Banished to an island where she’ll never play her beloved piano again, Liza’s steadfast sense of justice and passion for music may have the power to change her destiny. But will it be enough…

To strike back at the new world order, the troubled son of a preacher, Thomas Ripley-Hatter, suffers unspeakable alterations by the Underground to join a secret Army. Tommy knows that all hope lies in human-weapons like himself, and that somehow he must cling to his sanity…while letting loose the monster to win.

The battle begins for the last-standing sliver of humanity: Anthem.

Rating 4 out of 5 Hearts
Review: In the past several years, there have been several offerings within the YA dystopian fiction arena; some of them good and some of them not so good. As a fan of dystopian fiction, I will usually give any books in that genre a shot. Sometimes I’m disappointed, but that was not the case with Logan Keys’ The Last City If I had any complaints about the book is that I’m not entirely clear on what happened to the world. It may be that my mind was not fully engaged at the beginning of the novel, so I’m definitely going to be re-reading the book to gain a clearer understanding of the backstory. Part of my confusion comes from the fact that there is so much going on in the book, from concentration camp-like places where cancer patients are sent for “treatment”, to zombies, to a band of rebels intent on overthrowing the government… I think that the author can make the world work, though it might take another book or two to find the groove.

One of the things I really appreciated was the fact that, in a genre almost exclusively populated by series fiction, this book does well as a stand-alone in that there is a definite beginning, middle, and end. The book is also open-ended enough to allow for further forays into the world, and that is a delicate balance to reach. In a way, I kind of hope that there are more books in the series because I want to learn more about Tommy’s friend, Joelle. She really grabbed ahold of me and didn’t want to let go. There are definitely some questions still left unanswered, but not in a frustrating, cliff-hanger sort of way.

As I’ve already stated, this is a young adult book. There are some scenes of violence that might be disturbing to younger audiences, so I would recommend it to mature readers 15+.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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