The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klaven – 2.5 starts (out of 5)

The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders #1)

Synopsis (from Good Reads):

Charlie West just woke up in someone else’s nightmare.

He’s strapped to a chair. He’s covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things–working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl’s number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really?

And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive?

Thoughts:

-First off, I feel like the synopsis of the book only really gives you a picture of the first couple chapters of this book. Charlie does make it out of the room alive, but the real question is, can he stay alive? The book follows his escape from the room and also involves flashbacks from the last day he remembers, which is longer ago than he thinks.

-I felt like the premise of the book held a lot of promise, but in the end it kind of let me down. The further you get in the book, the more unbelievable it seems. Also, I didn’t really feel like any major questions were answered. This is the first in the Homelanders series, so hopefully the next books explain a little more.

-What I really liked about this book was the main character, Charlie West. He’s a teenage boy that’s kind, listens to his parents, doesn’t curse or drink or smoke, likes a girl because of how nice she is, and believes in God. I wish I knew this kid in high school because we would have been friends.

-Overall I was pretty disappointed in The Last Thing I Remember. I think in an attempt to go from writing for adults to writing for the YA market, Klaven made his writing a little too immature (the words “punk” and “chucklehead” were used a lot). However, there’s not too many YA books out there that combine action and young love with faith in God and for that alone I would recommend it to those interested in YA that get a little annoyed with all the cursing and sex of teenagers in other books. Because of my compulsive need to finish series I start, I’m sure I’ll read the rest of the series, but probably not any time soon.

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