Writer: Tim Lebbon
Publisher: Titan Books
Publish Date: 5th July 2022
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
With global warming out of control, large swathes of North America have been struck by famine and drought and are now known as the Desert. A young woman sets out across this dry, hostile landscape, gradually building an arcane apparatus she believes will bring rain to the parched earth.
Jesse lives alone, far from civilization. Once, he too made rain, but he stopped when his abilities caused fatalities, bringing down not just rain but scorpions, strange snakes and spiders. When his daughter Ash inherited this tainted gift, Jesse did his best to stop her. His attempt went tragically wrong, and he believes himself responsible for her death.
But now his estranged wife Karina brings news that Ash is still alive. And she’s rainmaking again. Terrified of what she might bring down upon the desperate communities of the Desert, they set out to find her. But Jesse and Karina are not the only ones looking for Ash. As the storms she conjures become more violent and deadly, some follow her seeking hope. And one is hungry for revenge.
A story of the human soul and family strength. All the while packing the sting of a scorpion's strike!
The Last Storm by Tim Lebbon is the first novel of his that I have read and it certainly won’t be the last. I am a huge fan of apocalyptic stories and this one is so likely to happen (the climate change part, maybe not the rainmaker part) that it makes it all the more terrifying.
The story approaches from multiple angles due to each chapter being focused on a different character. I found that this keeps the story fresh and keeps you thinking about how these characters could all eventually link up. Tim Lebbon has a masterful ability to create intensely suspenseful scenes which would not be out of place on the big screen. Tim is a true thriller/horror master. Lacing the story with exceptionally interesting characters who each have their own story to tell. Each of them have such incredible depth to them that there is no ‘main character’ in this book.
The setting of the book surrounds an apocalyptic wasteland of deserts, wildfires and very…very little rain. So little that most rain came from a family of rainmakers. Each location is given ample description, cementing each scene in your mind, providing a superb base for the story to take place. I really enjoyed the emotional way that Hillside was described. I had a vivid image in my mind of what the area looked like but also the emotional attachments to the area which gave me a deeper connection to the story. The destitute locations are the result of a very real potential future in which we totally lose control of our environmental destruction and essentially kill the world. We all complain about the rain but imagine a world without it. Imagine the worldwide devastation and loss. It’s nightmarishly scary. You know what’s scariest? It’s right around the corner. We have to start healing the world today, right now, with no hesitation.
A stunning apocalyptic adventure which plays on real world fears. Partnered with immensely interesting characters and a storyline that could be a streaming series, you are in for a treat with The Last Storm by Tim Lebbon.