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Raised among them.
Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows—her family, her teachers, her friends—is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.
A secret that could end her life.
The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.
Fit in or die.
When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself—and in turn, the human race—or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?
The good news is that The Last Girl On Earth is a quick read due to it’s short length. The bad news is it has loads of potential that just never pans out. Li, being the last human being on Earth and forced to disguise herself as one of the aliens in order to survive, should have been so interesting and empathetic. Instead she’s a one-dimensional character whose actions are completely nonsensical. The romance is a case of insta-love with an alien boy who has absolutely no personality and is annoying and unbelievable. And finally, the world-building is unremarkable and just plain lazy. The aliens look exactly like humans, even wearing jeans. The only difference is they have gills. That’s it. The ending made absolutely no sense given the unrealistic drama that came before it, which left me extremely frustrated.
For me, The Last Girl On Earth was a huge disappointment, made even more so because I suspect with a decent editor, it could have been so much more. I’m giving it 1 1/2 Stars for the pretty cover and because I was easily able to read it in under two hours. As always, if you’re intrigued by the premise, I encourage you to check out the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. But, personally, I just can’t bring myself to recommend it.