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Last Star Standing by Spaulding Taylor
Aiden has always felt like an outsider. After the rebel assassin is captured and imprisoned by the world’s galactic overlords, he awaits execution. Then a mole working for the occupying regime alerts him to a plot that could destroy the entire resistance…
Engineering a daring escape, Aiden’s growing feud with the new rebel leader leaves him out in the cold and smoldering with resentment. Faced with deceit and betrayals on every side, he recruits a group of overlooked outcasts and stakes everything on one last mission.
Can the restless, reckless Aiden take a stand long enough to save humanity from enslavement?
A thoroughly entertaining adventure with imaginative action and an appealing hero.” – Kirkus – Star Awarded Review.
Artisan Book Review
Who could tell if humans might have been able to fight off the alien invasion if they hadn’t nearly destroyed Earth with WWIII? The Xirfell, although highly advanced with their technology, aren’t exactly the brightest of creatures. Maybe humanity just allowed it to happen, after all there wasn’t much of Earth left, and what was left was mostly barren and covered by acidic dust.
This is a completely character-driven novel. Holding center court is Australian born, half-indigenous orphan, Aiden. This is one of the best singular narrative books I’ve ever read, which shows you how captivating and intriguing our ‘wanna-be hero’ is. Boy, does he want to be a hero. Accused of having a Messiah complex, Aiden is forced to access his true psyche and what it is that drives him forward. Lucky for us, when the aliens Xirfell captured Earth, Aiden was used as an experiment and a ‘sliver’ (let’s say memory stick) was inserted into his brain. For the sake of mankind and keeping an accurate historical record, Aiden floods the sliver with all his thoughts, and what a fantastic running commentary it is! The Xirfell have captured many planets and part of their entourage is a plethora of other aliens. Spaulding Taylor’s fabulous vivid descriptions bring them all to life. I wish I could list them all but there’s simply too many, here are two of my favorites… Bully is a middle-aged fug, emotional, endearing and an absolute hero, as well as a fabulous side-kick. Pavlina is an extremely rare, female gromeline and only 15cm high, she’s super intelligent, very brave and leader of her group. Can the resistance do anything to win back their freedom? Can aliens really be trusted to be part of the rebellion? And why hasn’t anyone rescued Aiden yet? I mean he’s an impulsive, volatile risk-taker… but he’s still part of the resistance.
Spaulding Taylor’s writing is fluid and confident; in fact it is hard to believe this is her first novel. Her narrative is compelling, humorous and gripping, and her characters creative, dynamic and memorable. I absolutely can’t wait for the next installment in this most incredible novel. Spaulding Taylor is a skillful writer and an absolute extraordinary storyteller which readers will discover for themselves when they read Last Star Standing. An original, imaginative and captivating must read story, Last Star Standing by Spaulding Taylor comes very highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews. Book reviewed by TN Traynor for Artisan Book Reviews.
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