The Last Girl On Earth: A Novel by Thomas Ryerson is one of Tom Ryerson’s latest works of fiction. Ryerson has released ten books, nine of which are fiction. This is my third book by the author and the second work of science fiction.
The Last Girl on Earth centers around Steve Hart and Clare Lomas two Ohio high school kids on a field trip with their class to Florida. After a prank at a party, the two find themselves locked in a fallout shelter. It is the next day when they find their way out, they find to their horror everyone is dead. Not just their classmates, but everyone. They are the last two people in the world.
The two with little in common, except for Steve’s secret crush on Clare, plan their way home. The characters are likable and well developed in the story. Although they are in high school, they act more mature and the reader may think they are adults, but hints in the story remind you of their age. In the trauma or shock Clare becomes an animal rights activist for a short time and Steve does his best to keep everything together. Conversations begin as the two try to figure out what happened. Was it God who allowed this or Satan? Steve replies “You are going to think I am crazy Clare, but I don’t believe in Satan. Personally think that God is bi-polar, seriously. He or she has good days and bad days.”
This is good escapist science fiction and the events are believable in the setting they are given. The trip home is filled with adventure. Questions play out in the story such as is it better to be alone or would new people be a relief? If there are others, would they be friendly or out to harm others? How long can you live on snack food? And will these two be able to tolerate each other? The plot answer these questions and keeps the readers interest. It is well thought out and flows well.
The Last Girl on Earth is a great book for an afternoon escape. It is just the thing after a long hard work week. It was the perfect book for me this Sunday sitting on the front porch recovering a long work week and a pile of non-fiction books. For fans of science fiction, this book and writer deserves a look.