The Earth lies in ruins in the aftermath of an extraterrestrial invasion, the land devastated by a desperate war with no winners between mankind and a race of vicious, intelligent creatures. The seas are drying up while the atmosphere corrodes and slowly cooks any life remaining on the now desolate rock. Food is scarce, trust even more so, and the only people left alive all have done horrific things to stay that way.
Among the few survivors is Lucas, an ordinary man hardened by the last few years after the world’s end. He’s fought off bandits, murderers, and stranded creatures on his long trek across the country in search of his family, the one thing that drives him to outlive his dying planet. What he finds instead is hope, something thought to be lost in the world. There’s a ship buried in a crater wall. One of theirs. One that works. To fly it, Lucas must join forces with a traitorous alien scientist and a captured, merciless raider named Asha. But unless they find common ground, all will die, stranded on a ruined Earth.
Combining gritty post-apocalyptic survival and epic space opera, The Last Exodus is the beginning of a new action-packed science fiction adventure where the future of the human race depends on its survivors leaving the past behind.
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The destruction of Earth is a mere sideshow in this well-grounded, grim tale of first contact. The alien Xalan have ravaged the planet for its water, leaving it nearly uninhabitable. Survivors Lucas and Asha ally with Alpha, a stranded Xalan scientist, to escape doomed Earth in an improvised spacecraft. Alpha, who's accused of betraying the Xalan, attempts to unite his passengers with the Xalan's enemies, the surprisingly human-like Soran, but a genetically modified Xalan supersoldier, Omicron, is hot on their trail and takes a personal interest in Alpha's capture. Debut novelist Tassi gifts his characters with solid motivations and understandable responses to the postapocalyptic setting that invoke a measure of the reader's sympathy for cannibal chieftains and alien nemeses alike. Some of the themes are well-worn, but Tassi fills in the gaps between action sequences with paeans to reassuring virtues such as hope and trust.
A good si-fi read
This was a quick enjoyable read. Felt a lot like Orson Scott Cards "Ender's Game" in so far as plot and characters. While stories are completely different, both are strong on story line and action, but light on character and plot development. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series and hoping that Paul Tassi, like Card did with his series, introduces richer more complex plot and deeper more compelling, relatable characters.
All in, definitely a fun read!