Friday, July 16, 2010

Review: The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan

Title: The Last Thing I Remember 

Series: The Homelanders
Book #: One
Author: Andrew Klavan
Source: Thomas Nelson 
Published: 2009

Charlie West is a good kid. He studies hard, trains in martial arts, has just gotten the number of the prettiest girl in his class, and wants to join the air force after graduation. At least, that's the last thing he can remember.

But he has woken up in a nightmare. He's strapped to a chair, and someone outside the door just ordered his death. By calling on his deepest reserves of strength and focus, Charlie manages a desperate escape . . . only to find out that this nightmare isn't ending. There's a whole year of his life that he can't remember--a year in which he was convicted of murdering his best friend and working with terrorists.

Now, with the police hunting him and a band of killers on his trail, he's got to find the answers to some of the deepest questions there are: Who am I? What do I stand for? And how am I going to stay alive? (taken from

Amber's thoughts:
The Last Thing I Remember was definitely an entertaining read. Filled with action and adventure, there was never a dull moment. However, up until a certain point in the story, the plot consists of a little too much action for my taste. I felt that there was a fascinating story behind Charlie's capture and escape, but I didn't see much of that story until much later in the book.

Because this book is so packed with action, the character development is left sorely unattended. Charlie is your classic, all-American boy. His life was nearly perfect before he was kidnapped. Some may find his character a tad bit unrealistic. It's as though the author needed a main character but didn't really care who his character was, as long as he could run and beat up the bad guys.

The plot dropped clues here and there that intrigued me and left me wanting more. So I continued on in the story, hoping I'd find a few answers. Honestly, I didn't find all of the answers I was looking for. Lots of action, yes, but no real answers. If the only reason you continued reading the book was to understand what was going on, then a bunch of action isn't going to clear things up. 

Even though I felt The Last Thing I Remember fell a little flat, I still have some hope for the next books in the series. Maybe I'll find the answers I'm looking for in those. I'd recommend this one to younger teen readers, especially boys. I know quite a few boys who'd love the action-movie feel of the story. 


*thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy


Adriana said...

Sound interesting. I'll have to keep it in mind for my brother. It sounds like a book he might like.

Cindy said...

I wanted to read this and it sounds interesting. Great review :)