It's the end of the world as we know it...
The world has suddenly gone dark and quiet. Something has caused all forms of power to go out, from advanced forms of technology to even the smallest battery. Communication is at a standstill, cars are left unattended, people must now walk on foot to get around. Chaos is erupting everywhere. In the midst of this, the reader is introduced to the Banning family and their struggles to adapt to this new type of world. As their town tries to live in this new society, murders keep happening forcing the community to realize the murderer is one of their own.
When I read this book, I got freaked out thinking about what if this really happened today. Loss of communication would be totally devastating to our livelihood. Just when a hurricane or blizzard comes, we complain about not having electricity for a couple of days. Here in the book, the characters have no idea when or if they will ever get power again. It's scary to think about what it would it be like to not know what was happening elsewhere. Perhaps we take technology too much for granted? I understood how Deni felt about not having any contact with her fiance. I even asked my boyfriend what we would do in a situation like this because I would be worried like she was (he reassured me that he would come for me). My only complaint with the book is that the bad guy in the book is really predictable. I had a sneaking suspicion who it was from when the murders started and I was right at the end. Even the way the character acts totally gives him away. Deni is also very whiny and selfish at times, I know she was worried but she should have thought about her family first. Other than that, I did enjoy this book. It gives a new twist to the end times story and it makes you really think about needs vs. wants. A very thought provoking read.
Last Light by Terri Blackstock is published by Zondervan (2006)