Micro-Review #124: The Last Woman

by Jacqueline Druga

Here is some bite-sized post-apocalyptic fiction about a woman who might be the last living female on earth. A virus has decimated humankind while Faye Wills lay in a coma. After waking up in a corpse-filled stadium, she has to repair her body and mind and find her way in a drastically changed world.

As dark pop fiction, the story gets a B grade. The opening is too similar to 28 DAYS LATER, and plot contrivances do abound, but the spare prose and relentless pace keep you from asking too many pesky questions. It’s a short book (almost a novella), which is good if you just want a hit of pure escapism before tackling a heavier tale.

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