**I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley from Indie Inked in exchange for an honest review. In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions voiced here. I did not get paid in any way to write this review.**
I had forgotten how much I love stand alone books! It's so nice to end a book and have everything tied up nicely with all my questions answered. I was reminded of this with The Last Bastion of The Living. Unless Rhiannon Frater changes her mind it is very much a stand alone novel and I LOVED it!
The world that the story takes place in is one where a zobie-esque virus has wiped out much of the population. The humans remaining have one last hope (even if they don't know it's happening) that lies with a special ops team lead by our MC, Maria. I loved Maria, she's fierce and independent, and she totally knows how to handle herself. When she volunteers for the top secret mission she thinks she knows what she's getting herself into. That's her first mistake and from that moment on the plot twists and turns throwing one surprise after another until you're dying to know what's going to happen!
The author does a great job of world building and her characters are anything but shallow. She paints a vivid picture of everything that is going on around Maria while she is out in the field. Frater has created monsters that are frightening yet still hold a touch of humanity. In the end the creatures Frater has created turn terrifying.
The ONLY thing I had a problem with was the fact that Maria's love interest was named DWAYNE (I mean seriously?! That name is not what I think of when I think hot, interesting love interest!) and the fact that he was 25 years her senior, EW. But that comes with it being more of an adult novel rather than a YA novel. It also didn't bug me past first finding out about it.
The ending was simply beautiful. I seriously wish all books could end as nicely as the one created by Frater. Like I said things are wrapped up nicely but still left room for the reader to have a little imagination with where the characters go from there.
Overall The Last Bastion Of The Living was an exciting thrill ride. One that I will definitely read again.