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Author: Andrew Hunter Murray Narrator: Gemma Whelan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2020 ISBN: 9780593164556
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A visionary and powerful debut thriller set in a terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future—with clear parallels to today's headlines—in which the future of humanity lies in the hands of one woman, a scientist who has stumbled upon a secret that the government will go to any lengths to keep hidden.

A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light.

It is 2059, and the world has crashed. Forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet's rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. The United States has colonized the southern half of Great Britain—lucky enough to find itself in the narrow habitable region left between frozen darkness and scorching sunlight—where both nations have managed to survive the ensuing chaos by isolating themselves from the rest of the world.

Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic. She wants nothing more to do with her country after its slide into casual violence and brutal authoritarianism. Yet when two government officials arrive, demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor, she accepts—and begins to unravel a secret that threatens not only the nation's fragile balance, but the future of the whole human race. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A stunningly original thriller set in the world of tomorrow that will make you think about what’s happening today. Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • The Last Day is environmental dystopia at its best—a thrilling page-turner, and a reminder to treasure our sunsets and sunrises while we still have them. I couldn’t put this book down! Christina Dalcher, bestselling author of Vox
  • A compelling read with some well-placed observations on the darkness of human nature and survival.  The Last Day will keep you gripped to the very last page. C. J. Tudor, internationally bestselling author of The Chalk Man
  • Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written—the best future-shock thriller for years. Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • I read this hungrily and happily. Its wit, intelligence and bravura characterization will have you turning page after page. A fabulous achievement. Stephen Fry, bestselling author of Revenge 
  • Dark, believable and brilliantly written. Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner
  • To say it’s gripping is an understatement--I cancelled all my weekend plans to finish it. Sara Pascoe, internationally bestselling author of Sex, Power, Money
  • The science is believable, the near-future world feels as real as our own, the characters are lively, and the plot is suspenseful. A near-perfect alternate-future thriller. Booklist (starred review)
  • Murray’s debut novel depicts a thrilling future dystopia. Library Journal
  • In his fascinating debut, Murray has crafted something original out of the classic 'one person against a totalitarian government' trope… An interesting new twist on a post-apocalyptic tale. Kirkus 

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About the Narrator

Gemma Whelan, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an English actress and comedian best known for playing Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. She is also a singer and professional dancer specializing in jazz and tap and is a member of London’s Beaux Belles.