The Last Human
Humanity is extinct.
In their wake, they left behind powerful artifacts and wonderous relics, most of which are still yet to be discovered.
Alien life flourishes in the ruins of ancient human cities. Hundreds of distinct species and cultures. But they all worship the "Old Ones" as gods, for who else could have created these impossible devices: ships that can fly, droids that can think, and gates that form bridges between worlds.
One power-hungry Empire has learned to use these gifts to conquer and dominate all other alien cultures. With each passing day, they grind the people of Gaiam deeper under the bootheel of oppression.
But when an old, jaded thief stumbles upon an ancient, living secret... a new revolution may be at hand.
This is the story of The Last Human.
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A deep sense of age seeps into every part of The Last Human. The story is set in a city built upon ruin after ruin, whose richest inhabitants are still poor compared to what came before them.
Contrary to what the title may suggest, the main character is not, in fact, the last human. Instead, the story follows Eolh, a sapient avian thief struggling to make a living in the slums of a city occupied by a brutal and arrogant empire. The setting is seen through Eolh's eyes, and his familiarity with it helps to emphasise the awe he feels at the mysteries he sees.
This lends the story an incredibly engaging atmosphere, one that blends religion and technology to create a keen sense of something far greater than Eolh could ever comprehend. It's a slow burn, lasting eight chapters before even describing the colour of Eolh's plumage, which only further helps build up the incredible style of this story.
Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend The Last Human. The characters are rich and engaging, and the story limits itself to a very small cast so you'll never get overwhelmed. The plot itself is an engaging odyssey throughout fascinating and fantastical environments, all tied together by a cohesive style that really helps bring across the reality that Eolh and his entire civilisation are standing on the shoulders of giants.
Initially, the title gave me the impression of a zombie survival reincarnation story like some that have been going around, but boy was I wrong. Only a few chapters in and a I can see oodles of potential oozing from the story.
The characters/groups are interesting and vary greatly with in appearance and culture even early on. There is a sense of realistic selfishness to them that we see in materialistic societies. Many of them seem to only want what is best for them at the expense of the people around them, much like our modern society.
The setting is intriguing, giving a sense of age to the world, almost in a hopeless sort of way. It makes the appearance of the last human in this world so intriguing.
Too early to say much about plot. Seems to be going in a good direction, though.
May edit later if I remember. Maybe not. Back to reading.
It is good enough, and you can tell the author has some skill.
A journey narrative, with a chase and an open ended path. Interested to see a little bit more of the character development that comes along from having more characters interact over a longer period of time. The author is starting to round out some of the 2-d character edges at chapter 17, but more of this will continue to stregthen what they have written here.
Good style engaging and sold grammer. Pulls you in and enough happens to keep it right.
Story got a couple of points off for rushing in a new character, without setting up great motivation, and some generic "fantasy for fantasy's sake" elements when it doesn't appear two be what the author was going for here. Don't feel the need to dilute the potent mixture by making everything weird. The contrast between the normal and the weird is where the best story's sit.
But honestly keep writing. This is good, and if you get it up to a length that most people on this site are looking for it should hit trending in no time. After trending it will be ready for a good edit and the world from there.
All the yes from me. I'll update the review to a detailed one later. But so far, grammar 10/10, story is starting with a bang, and kinda like a blast from the past, it feels like all the paperbacks I read while young. Underdog hero meets world changing event, then apparently "assembles/meets" a team to pursue his quest that he wanted no part into. Tie it up nicely with a prophecy, and suitably horrifying ennemies so far.