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The Last Human: A Novel av Zack Jordan
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The Last Human: A Novel (utgåvan 2020)

av Zack Jordan (Författare)

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"The last human in the universe is on the run from a godlike intelligence in this rip-roaring debut space opera. Sarya is the galaxy's worst nightmare: a Human. Fortunately, she's the last one. Adopted and raised by a terrifying, fiercely maternal spider-like alien, Sarya has lived on a space station her entire life, keeping her identity as a galactic boogeyman secret even as she puzzles over the impossible questions behind her own existence. How it is that she, and she alone, is the sole survivor of a race that was supposedly wiped out centuries ago? Who--or what--has set itself against humanity? And what made the humans so special--or so frightening--that they warranted such treatment? When a strange visitor recognizes Sarya as Human and makes her an irresistible offer, she's convinced she's about to get the answers she needs--until a series of vicious attacks leaves her world shattered. Suddenly she's running for her life, a step ahead of rioting inhabitants and terrifying enforcers. Together with a band of misfits and cutthroats--including a sentient spacesuit, a pint-sized alien genius named Sandy, and a borderline-immortal android--she makes for the depths of space aboard a stolen ship, in search of the truth behind her existence. What she discovers is that humanity's death was but one chess move in a war played out across light-years and centuries, by beings with minds so vast and alien that they might as well be gods. Amongst their manipulations, Sarya might--just might--see a path to giving humanity a second chance. But to walk it, she'll have to make a terrible choice...and become something greater, and more alien, than she ever imagined"--… (mer)
Medlem:Fannon
Titel:The Last Human: A Novel
Författare:Zack Jordan (Författare)
Info:Del Rey (2020), 448 pages
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I was immediately hooked on the concept of an enormous galaxy-wide Network of aliens living and cooperating ... but fearing one species above all else: Humans. You know... because we break things. Get all tribal and s**t. We like to exploit weaknesses in others and lord over their spoils because we're a**holes.

Turns out, our main character is the last of this dastardly breed, growing up small in a huge network of Dyson Spheres with countless old alien species categorized in a hierarchy based on Tiered Intelligence.

Most of the book is rather fun and filled with all the normal Coming of Age stuff of discovery and adventure and breaking out of the rigid hierarchy while trying to get a grip on BEING the big bad that everyone is shivering in their boots about. A little girl should never have to be such a horrible monster. ; ;

I really enjoyed this book, but I'll be perfectly honest, I didn't LOVE it until the last third came rolling around. The whole Tiered Intelligence bit made it a real joy to read. What does it really mean? Networking, of course. Many, many collections of minds within other collections of minds. The more minds, the higher the Tier. When we get to the top Tier, we're dealing with the mind that can CREATE a full network of Dyson Spheres... and much more.

So what's the real story about? What is this little last human's fate?

NOT TELLING! Muahahahahahahaha... but it's awesome. Really awesome. :)

I loved the whole thing about game theory, biological emulation, and hawks vs doves. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
A 1 because I couldn't complete it.
Not because it's bad, but simply because it's not what I was hoping it would be and so I didn't finish. ( )
  Kalal | May 27, 2020 |
A quirky, high-concept space opera, THE LAST HUMAN, by Zach Jordan, follows Sarya, a rather plain person in a galaxy of infinite diversity. Sarya's true identity as a human is a closely held secret by her and her adoptive mother, a violent species more apt to kill than love. When an assassin shows up to exterminate Sarya, she is quickly catapulted in a race to protect herself, all the while realizing she is really just a pawn in someone's galactic master plan and Sarya must decided who to trust and quickly, before an apocalyptic catastrophe unfolds.
Jordan creates a reality in space that so humongous that it is hard to even grasp. Throughout the book, I was constantly trying to keep up with the concept of his reality that I felt like I was missing some of the nuances and small details of the main characters, particularly Sarya, and therefore I couldn't fully connect with her. That being said, the story was unique, mindbending, and exciting. Jordan's ability to create and describe aliens was load of fun to read as well. The was a little Hitchhiker's Guide feel to the book.
I enjoyed read THE LAST HUMAN and would recommend it to sci-fi fans looking for a new take on space and how good and evil unfodd within it.
Thank you to Random House/Del Ray, Zack Jordan, and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ( )
1 rösta EHoward29 | May 26, 2020 |
Jordan, Zack. The Last Human. Del Rey, 2020.
The Last Human is set in the far future a thousand years or more since anyone in the galaxy has seen a human being, all of whom were eradicated by the Network of galactic civilization for not controlling their violent impulse and generally playing well with others. But there is one surviving member of the species, a young girl living on as large space station. She is an outcast there, in part because she is protected by a huge arachnoid creature, who, despite having killed the girl’s human parents, will attack and kill anyone who bothers her adopted daughter. One reason the daughter’s life is difficult is that every gadget and appliance on the space station has an AI that is inefficient and annoying. I don’t know for sure, but I think Zack Jordan must be a fan or Cory Doctorow, or if he isn’t, he should be. He certainly seems to share Doctorow’s worry about corporate and government misuse of the Internet of Things. In The Last Human, not only is network surveillance ubiquitous, it is dangerous. One character is badly injured by a Sanitation Station that tries to eat him, and our heroine is repeatedly thrown out of her pressure suit when it malfunctions or decides she is not the registered owner. When the space station has to be evacuated, she finds herself on a spaceship with a mismatched crew of aliens, androids, Ais, and bots. The story that follows takes her literally into the black hole of the Network that runs galactic civilization. The end of the novel is not as tightly written as I could wish, but this is a very good first novel. ( )
  Tom-e | May 19, 2020 |
I finished The Last Human, Zack Jordan’s debut novel and had to stop to wonder what the hell it was I just read. What started out as a clever, interesting story about what appears to be the last human in the universe and her relatively miserable existence devolves into an utter mess with twist after twist meant to prove certain characters’ superior intelligence over everyone/thing else. It gets into some weird shit, folks.

I hate when good books go bad like this. I mean, Sarya’s adopted mother is some sort of gigantic, evolved black widow spider, and I LIKED that character. This is me – someone who could barely get past any scene with Aragog in the Harry Potter books and still cannot watch those scenes in the movies, and I believe Senya the Widow is one of the book’s strongest and most enjoyable characters. Such promise!

The problem lies in the fact that in Mr. Jordan’s universe, each species has an intelligence level assigned to it. Most creatures hover around tier two. Tier threes are rare, and tier fours are almost nonexistent, but they exist. Mr. Jordan tries to play with these intelligence levels by showing how a rare tier three creature manipulates the lower tiers with ease – because they think of cause and effect and plan things so much farther in advance. Then we meet not one but two tier fours, and the story essentially dies. From what I can understand, the tier fours spent hundreds of thousands of years plotting and planning against each other, using Sarya as their conduit in order to control the universe. Basically, no one has free will because someone or something else already plotted out their life for them. No, thank you.

What makes it worse is that Mr. Jordan uses descriptors that make no sense given his world. In a novel where there are multiple universes, billions of species, and the technology that makes faster than light travel possible, to have Sarya compare something to cancer eating cells is mystifying. One would imagine that there is no such thing as cancer, or any illness, given the technology that allows all species to cohabitate on space centers together. And yet, she compares something to a body riddled with cancer, and that is just one example.

I admire what Mr. Jordan attempts to do in The Last Human. It really does start out so well. The opening chapter with Sarya and her mother had me stifling my laughter so that I didn’t wake up my husband (I started reading it around midnight). Unfortunately, the story becomes a victim of its own cleverness. In attempting to create characters that are 144 times more intelligent than humans, Mr. Jordan loses the plot. Making things worse, his world-building is extremely weak, and he forgets things like science that would help readers understand his world a little more. Instead, we are thrust into Sarya’s world with no clear picture of what that world is. There is no doubt that The Last Human is an ambitious debut. Sadly, it is not a good one. ( )
  jmchshannon | May 1, 2020 |
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"The last human in the universe is on the run from a godlike intelligence in this rip-roaring debut space opera. Sarya is the galaxy's worst nightmare: a Human. Fortunately, she's the last one. Adopted and raised by a terrifying, fiercely maternal spider-like alien, Sarya has lived on a space station her entire life, keeping her identity as a galactic boogeyman secret even as she puzzles over the impossible questions behind her own existence. How it is that she, and she alone, is the sole survivor of a race that was supposedly wiped out centuries ago? Who--or what--has set itself against humanity? And what made the humans so special--or so frightening--that they warranted such treatment? When a strange visitor recognizes Sarya as Human and makes her an irresistible offer, she's convinced she's about to get the answers she needs--until a series of vicious attacks leaves her world shattered. Suddenly she's running for her life, a step ahead of rioting inhabitants and terrifying enforcers. Together with a band of misfits and cutthroats--including a sentient spacesuit, a pint-sized alien genius named Sandy, and a borderline-immortal android--she makes for the depths of space aboard a stolen ship, in search of the truth behind her existence. What she discovers is that humanity's death was but one chess move in a war played out across light-years and centuries, by beings with minds so vast and alien that they might as well be gods. Amongst their manipulations, Sarya might--just might--see a path to giving humanity a second chance. But to walk it, she'll have to make a terrible choice...and become something greater, and more alien, than she ever imagined"--

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